Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

by Victor Hugo

My intention was to take a book that will be hard for me to read, and therefore easy for me to put aside when I need to do other things. I was partly successful with this book. I knew it would be hard to read it. I tried before, in Hebrew. Couldn't get past the first 20 pages! It was an old version, in old Hebrew, I guess. This one, too, was hard to read: small font on yellow pages, a 1960-something edition... Some chapters are just ridiculously long and tiresome descriptions of places. And there were a lot of words that weren't familiar (old English, or something). Still, it was an interesting book, and, at times, I couldn't put it aside. **sigh**

No wonder I was surprised by the way the book ended: all the adaptations I saw were completely disloyal! Shame on them!