The Man Who Laughs

Author: Victor Hugo

Publisher: Mondial

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 568

View: 855

VICTOR HUGO'S long and chequered life (1802-85) was filled with experiences of the most diverse character - literature and politics, the court and the street, parliament and the theatre, labour, struggles, disappointments, exile and triumphs. --- In 1855 he began a 15-year-long exile on the island of Guernsey, where he completed, among others, his longest and most famous work, Les Misérables (1862), and also The Man Who Laughs (L'Homme qui rit; 1869), also known as "By Order of the King", a historic novel with fictional characters, set in England 1688-1705. --- .it will be seen that, here again, the story is admirably adapted to the moral. The constructive ingenuity exhibited throughout is almost morbid. Nothing could be more happily imagined. than the adventures of Gwynplaine, the itinerant mountebank, snatched suddenly out of his little way of life, and installed without preparation as one of the hereditary legislators of a great country. It is with a very bitter irony that the paper, on which all this depends, is left to float for years at the will of wind and tide. What, again, can be finer in conception than that voice from the people heard suddenly in the House of Lords, in solemn arraignment of the pleasures and privileges of its splendid occupants? The horrible laughter, stamped for ever "by order of the king" upon the face of this strange spokesman of democracy, adds yet another feature of justice to the scene; in all time, travesty has been the argument of oppression; and, in all time, the oppressed might have made this answer: "If I am vile, is it not your system that has made me so?" ---Robert Louis Stevenson

The Man Who Laughs - A Romance of English History

Author: Victor Hugo

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 696

View: 504

Gwynplaine is a young homeless boy with a facial disfigurement who comes to the rescue of an infant girl orphaned as the result of a snowstorm. After the two are adopted by an itinerant carnival vendor called Ursus, they embark on a life on the road, for fifteen years performing to audiences in southern England. However, when Duchess Josiana, the illegitimate daughter of King James I, discovers their act, their lives are changed forever. "The Man Who Laughs" was written by Victor Hugo over a period of fifteen months while he was living in the Channel Islands, having been exiled from his native France. Contents include: "Book the First. Night not so Black as Man", "Portland Bill", "Left Alone", "Questions", "The Tree of Human Invention", "Struggle Between Death and Life", "The North Point of Portland", "Book The Second. The Hooker at Sea", "Superhuman Laws", "Our First Rough Sketches Filled In", "Troubles men on the Troubled Sea", et cetera. Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885) was a French novelist, dramatist, and poet belonging to the Romantic movement. He is widely hailed as one of the most accomplished and well-known French writers, originally achieving renown for his poetical endeavours-the most notable of which are the volumes "Les Contemplations" and "La Légende des siècles". Outside of his native country, Hugo's best-known works are his novels: "Les Misérables" (1862) and "Notre-Dame de Paris" (1831), commonly known as "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame". Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this book now in an affordable, high-quality, modern edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.

The Man Who Laughs (Volume 2 of 2 ) (EasyRead Large Bold Edition)

Author: Victor Hugo

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 524

View: 520

A critic in The Galaxy who admired Hugo's The Man Who Laughs (1869) and spoke with him about it called Hugo a dreamer, a radical, a splendid, salient figure."" It is one of his bitterest indictments of the cruelty and selfishness of society."

The Man Who Laughs Volume 1

Author: Victor Hugo

Publisher: Theclassics.Us

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 100

View: 969

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ... THE MAN WHO LAUGHS. PART I. THE SEA AND THE NIGHT. INTRODUCTION CHAPTER I. URSUS. I. Ursits and Homo were fast friends. Ursus was a man, Homo a wolf. Their dispositions tallied. It was the man who had christened the wolf; probably he had also chosen his own name. Having found "Ursus " fit for himself, he had found "Homo " fit for the beast. Man and wolf turned their partnership to account at fairs, at village fetes, at the corners of streets where passers-by throng, and out of the need which people seem to feel everywhere to listen to idle gossip and to buy quack medicine. The wolf, gentle and courteously subordinate, diverted the crowd. It is a pleasant thing to behold the tameness of animals. Our greatest delight is to see all the varieties of domestication parade before us. This it is which collects so many folks on the road of royal processions. VOL. i. -- l THE MAN WHO LAUGHS. PART I. THE SEA AND THE NIGHT. INTRODUCTION DEGREES CHAPTER I. URSUS. I. Ursus and Homo were fast friends. Ursus was a man, Homo a wolf. Their dispositions tallied. It was the man who had christened the wolf; probably he had also chosen his own name. Having found "Ursus " fit for himself, he had found "Homo " fit for the beast. Man and wolf turned their partnership to account at fairs, at village fetes, at the corners of streets where passers-by throng, and out of the need which people seem to feel everywhere to listen to idle gossip and to buy quack medicine. The wolf, gentle and courteously subordinate, diverted the crowd. It is a pleasant thing to behold the tameness of animals. Our greatest delight is to see all the varieties of domestication parade before us. This it is which collects so many folks on the road of royal processions. VOl. I. -- 1 Ursus and Homo...

Beyond: The Joker Complex: The Man Who Laughs

Author: Valerie D'Orazio

Publisher: StormFront Entertainment

ISBN:

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 24

View: 697

Conspiracies. Espionage. UFOs. Hidden History. Secret Societies. The Paranormal. –Beyond” brings you stories about the secret and suppressed, the stories "They" don't want you to know! Take the Red Pill and join your fearless host Virgil Hall as he takes you far, far down the Rabbit Hole...to –Beyond"! COULROPHOBIA: the fear of clowns. They were meant to spread laughter, now they often spread fear. Where did •The Clown Curseê come from and how has its legacy haunted everyone from serial-killers to Heath Ledger to James Holmes? Will the last laugh be on us or on them?