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Book 7: A lot more action, and less architecture. 😀 Frollos, Jehan or Claude, are in the middle of everything this time. Has your opinion of either character changed? Were you more surprised by Esmeralda‘s initially rebuffing Phoebus or by her sudden capitulation? And what is it about her that has three such different men obsessed with her? #hugonuts

Daisey This section definitely kept my interest and attention more. My opinion of Jehan has not changed, Claude is still a strange character and probably more unlikeable to me, and I was completely baffled by Esmeralda‘s capitulation. I can‘t say I‘m really liking any of the characters at the moment, except maybe Gringoire and Djali. 2d
jewright It‘s the goat! Honestly, Esmeralda seems just to have that quality that makes people fall in love with her, and she‘s beautiful. She‘s different from the other women as we see in the rooftop scene. I‘m not super surprised by her capitulation. She likes Phoebus, and he rescued her earlier. I was really grossed out by the description of the room. I liked Claude more when he rescued Quasimodo, and I like him less and less as the book goes on. 2d
jewright I am worried about where this is going. I think Esmeralda is in big trouble now. Thanks so much, Claude. 2d
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Lcsmcat @jewright I was not surprised _that_ she capitulated, but I was surprised at how quickly. She really believed that she had to remain a virgin in order to find her mother, and she gives that up for a pretty face! Djali is the best, but I also enjoyed the image of Gringoire with a chair in his mouth and a cat on the chair. After all his putting on airs about his plat in the beginning. 2d
BookwormAHN Esmeralda gripes me. I wasn't too surprised by how quickly she gave in. As for characters I like Djali the best, although Gringoire's change in attitude is quite entertaining. 2d
tournevis Hugo is showing his hand. He believes Man is inherently bad and cannot escape their lust, and poor Esmeralda will pay for it. Of course @jewright she is in trouble. Since he's writing a medieval tale, morality plays an even greater part of the book than say in Nana, where the titular dissolute woman is fated to be punished for having sex too. Hugo likes to write romantic tragedies. Long-winded, payed by the word tragedies. 2d
Graywacke No surprised all the men love Esmeralda, but I was disappointed she lost self confidence around Phoebus and just weekly, limply followed his transparent player spiel. (Although it was a little funny when he slipped and said “All women like that.”) She seemed out of character. I thought everyone else stays in character. I think Hugo is having fun here. It‘s entertaining, but needs the humor to keep us from rolling our eyes at the silly parts. 2d
Graywacke Claude‘s indifference to Gringoire‘s straights or Jehan‘s self-destruction, but obsession with Esmeralda is curious. He‘s morality seems to come from his repressed sex drive... 2d
TheBookHippie Esmeralda seems to have the “it” quality like a lot of doomed movie starlets do however she baffles me as well... use your backbone !!! Ugh. I like Djali Gringoire ... I am worried where this is headed ...I echo that Hugo is enjoying the writing of this section. After all I enjoyed it though maddening in parts. 2d
tournevis @Graywacke That's exactly what Hugo is saying. Right there. 2d
suvata What surprised me the most in this section was the torture of Esmerelda. They believed it would cause her to tell the truth when, in fact, it only made her lie in order to stop the torture. Phoebus‘ reaction shocked me too when he walked away from Esmeralda‘s hanging. 2d
Lcsmcat @suvata You‘re ahead of schedule. You might want to put a spoiler tag on it. 2d
Lcsmcat @Graywacke I agree - Hugo sets Esmeralda up one way and then, for plot convenience, makes her behave differently. 2d
Lcsmcat @TheBookHippie His word play does keep me entertained and engaged. 2d
BarbaraJean @Lcsmcat @Graywacke I agree—Esmeralda‘s capitulation felt like a character reversal for plot convenience. And I found it so odd how she was so lost in her thoughts that she—repeatedly—didn‘t notice Phoebus taking her clothes off! It was played for humor & comes in handy to keep her around for the end of the scene, but it seems like a coping mechanism—retreating inside herself. I‘m sure that‘s not what‘s intended, but that‘s how it strikes me now! 2d
BarbaraJean Jehan continues to annoy me! And my curiosity about Claude has soured. It makes sense that repressed desire could torture someone into obsession & then violence. But it‘s troubling that he uses his brother as a prop to get to Esmeralda, and he doesn‘t step in to prevent Jehan‘s drinking away all the money he just gave him! I mean, there‘s a bit of hesitation, but he basically just steps over his brother, drunk in the gutter, to follow Phoebus. 2d
Lcsmcat @BarbaraJean Yes, Claude‘s behavior bothered me too. I‘m seeing Claude as an obsessive personality. First he‘s obsessed with raising his brother, then alchemy, then Esmeralda, etc. (edited) 2d
suvata @Lcsmcat oops thanks 1d
Lcsmcat @suvata No worries! If I weren‘t hosting I‘d be reading ahead too! 1d
Graywacke @BarbaraJean have to admit I like Jehan. He‘s pathetic but harmless and entertaining in his effortless Latin and Greek knowledge. He‘s like a Latin and Greek spouting Spicoli (Sean Penn in Fast Times at Ridgemont High). Actually now I‘m imagining a Latin and Greek spouting Spicoli... 1d
Graywacke @Lcsmcat I noticed we lost some Hugonuts in books 3-5. The last two books have been much easier and, for me at least, much more entertaining reading. But I suspect Hugo was partial to the Parisian digressions. ?? 1d
Graywacke Sometimes I need restraints. Sorry, one more extra comment. Gringoire, the philosopher and playwright, and Jehan, the linguist, together are quite the mockery of the classical education. 1d
Lcsmcat @Graywacke It always makes me a little sad when a work I love doesn‘t click with someone, but I hope they‘ll try it again later and find it works. And maybe some of them are just behind schedule due to life. 1d
Lcsmcat @Graywacke Also, I agree about the pot shots at education. Because he was an army brat they moved a lot, and his parents had radically different political and religious ideas from each other. So I think his own education was unusual. 1d
Graywacke @Lcsmcat understand about it making you a little sad. We‘re all different readers, but still, we like to share our joy of reading and it‘s just sad when what we enjoy is unpleasant for someone else. Of course, with literature there are these extra complexities. 1d
Graywacke @Lcsmcat interesting about Hugo‘s childhood and education. Do you or anyone else here know of a good biography of Hugo? 1d
Lcsmcat @Graywacke I‘ve not read one - I just did a little research online to complement the intro in my edition of the book. 1d
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Love this bit of humor here. #hugonuts

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This book was really hard to get into. I ended up switching to the audio book about a quarter of the way in. The French pronunciations and the architecture lessons were killing me. The story itself was okay. Disney really got it wrong and the horror movies weren't any better. I'm glad I read it even though I didn't particularly care for it 🐐
#HugoNuts @Lcsmcat
9th book for #BFC #bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Sorry it was kind of a dud for you. But wayto go on your book goal! 🙌🏻 4d
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Tomorrow is the last class day, and then I can stop grading and return to #Hugonuts and #HalfBloodBingo and my TBR! I've fallen so far behind!

Lcsmcat Yay summer break! 5d
jmtrivera @Lcsmcat I know... it feels like the longest week EVER while I wait! 😁 5d
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I‘m appreciating the action of this section of the story and am curious to keep reading. However, as others have mentioned, I am finding no redeeming qualities in the younger brother.

I read a few more pages in the field today while helping my uncle haul big round bales. Although our fields near the river are still under water, we‘ve got a field of corn and hay to put up in the hills.

#Hugonuts #SerialReader #BooksontheFarm

janeycanuck I‘m so behind in this! I hope I can catch up before the discussion is over!! 6d
Daisey @janeycanuck I'm really surprised I haven't fallen behind. I tend to read it in stages, several pages at once and then stalling for a bit. Good luck! 6d
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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My #BOTM box came in yesterday. The quote on the bookmark "To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark," is from Victor Hugo. #HugoNuts @Lcsmcat

hermyknee Mine still hasn‘t come 😭 originally, it was supposed to arrive yesterday, but my tracking says it is still at the first post office awaiting who knows what 1w
BookwormAHN @hermyknee Mine said that too until it just appeared on Saturday. So maybe you'll see yours on Monday 🤞🏻🍀🤞🏻 1w
MartinaLove I wish this could be available in Canada. :) 7d
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I really enjoy these descriptive sections about the ringing of the bells. The joy and the personality of the bells is such a fascinating aspect of this story.

#Hugonuts #SerialReader

Lcsmcat I agree! 1w
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Time for a little front porch reading with my iced coffee. I‘m starting book 6 today and am ready to get back to some characters again.

#Hugonuts #SerialReader

Catt This pic looks much better than the last! I hope things are drying out there! By the way, I‘m new to Litsy and starting to figure it out. Where does one find these book reading groups like #hugonuts? Thanks! 2w
JazzFeathers I'm on the train home. It's as hot as Mount Doom today and you shouldn't have mention ice coffee 😭😭😭 2w
Daisey @Catt It‘s not better. I‘m staying at my sister‘s a few miles from the flooding and was reading on her porch this morning. This afternoon I‘m back on the water. As for readalongs, it‘s mostly just a matter of seeing them in the posts you follow or catching one for a book you look up. Do you follow @LitsyHappenings? It often posts about upcoming events, swaps, readalongs. (edited) 2w
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Daisey @JazzFeathers Sorry! If it helps, I‘m now headed out in the sun to help fill and lay more sandbags ☀️ 💪 2w
Catt Thank you for the info and sorry you are still in deep water! Sending dry wishes! 2w
Daisey @Catt Thanks for the positive thoughts! Feel free to ask questions anytime!! 2w
JazzFeathers @Daisey 😂😂😂 Or maybe 😨😨😨 2w
jewright I love the cup! 2w
Daisey @jewright It‘s from Jessie, and it‘s fantastic! 2w
Lcsmcat And maybe meet some new ones. 😉 2w
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