Toilers of the Sea
By (author) Victor Hugo
Toilers of the Sea by Victor Hugo
Book DescriptionAnew translation by Scot James Hogarth for the first unabridged English edition of the novel, which tells the story of an illiterate fisherman from the Channel Islands who must free a ship that has run aground in order to win the hand of the woman he loves, a shipowner's daughter."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780375761324
(203mm x 135mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Modern Library Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 10-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Victor Hugo
Hunchback of Notre Dame, Paperback / softback (May 2017)
Originally published: Minneapolis: Stone Arch Books, 2007.
Les Miserables, Hardback (February 2017)View all books by Victor Hugo
Les Miserables was the crowning literary achievement of Victor Hugo's career. An enormous melodrama set against the background of political upheaval in France following the rule of Napoleon I, the novel tells the story of the peasant Jean Valjean - unjustly imprisoned and hounded by his nemesis, the magnificently realized police detective, Javert.
US Kirkus Review » Here to help celebrate the great Romantic writer's bicentennial year is a lively new translation of the least known of his massive, unruly masterpieces. Though it lacks the concentrated melodramatic power of Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, this agreeably preposterous romance, originally published in 1866 in a carefully edited and partially censored text, displays most of Hugo's enduring crowd-pleasing skills: a mastery of atmosphere (especially in the essay-like opening sequence, "The Channel Archipelago"), deep and credible empathy with working-class heroes and heroines, and a rare ability to create vivid and visceral action scenes (most notably evident in its hero's climactic battle with the loathsome octopus known as the "pieuvre," or devilfish). The central story, in which its protagonist Gilliatt accepts the task of freeing a grounded ship (for which service he will be awarded the hand of a wealthy shipowner's daughter), is energetically juxtaposed against richly detailed pictures of seamen's occupations and marine life that recall (though in no way rival) Melville's definitive mixture of narrative and fact in Moby-Dick. And, although Toilers is unmistakably more romance than realistic novel, the bracing bitterness of its ironic conclusion gives it a haunting staying power. Those of us who first "read" this novel in the Classic Comics version of half a century ago will be grateful to discover that Hugo's impossibly grandiose and overblown yarn remains as perversely irresistible as ever. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Victor Hugo
James Hogarth was educated at Edinburgh University, and was later undersecretary in the Scottish Office. Graham Robb s many books include Victor Hugo: A Biography, which won the 1997 Whitbread Biography Award."
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