Book review of the day: Ninety-Three

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Todays review came from Odd Ball


Ninety-Three

By Victor Hugo

Odd Ball said: ”

This is set during the years of the French revolution, It’s challenging to read at times, because it was originally published in 1874 in French, then translated into English.

It gives us a very good insight as to how things were in those days, It’s brutal at times, but most of the characters are uncompromising in their integrity. Overall, I found this book to be quite rewarding to read.”

Amazon said: “You may read any number of more ‘realistic’ accounts of the French Revolution, but Hugo’s is the one you will remember. He is not a reporter of the momentary, but an artist who projects the essential and fundamental. He is not a statistician of gutter trivia, but a Romanticist who presents life ‘as it might be and ought to be.’ He is the worshipper and the superlative portrayer of man’s greatness.” —Ayn Rand. Ninety-Three (Quatrevingt-treize) is the last novel by the French writer Victor Hugo. Published in 1874, shortly after the bloody upheaval of the Paris Commune, the novel concerns the Revolt in the Vendée and Chouannerie—the counter-revolutionary revolts in 1793 during the French Revolution. It is divided into three parts, but not chronologically; each part tells a different story, offering a different view of historical general events. The action mainly takes place in Brittany and in Paris.

Hugo makes clear where he himself stands—in favour of the revolutionaries—in several explicit comments and remarks made by the omniscient narrator. Nevertheless, the Royalist counter-revolutionaries are in no way villainous or despicable. Quite the contrary: Republicans and Royalists alike are depicted as idealistic and high-minded, completely devoted to their respective antagonistic causes (though, to be sure, ready to perform sundry cruel and ruthless acts perceived as necessary in the ongoing titanic struggle). Among the considerable cast of characters, there is hardly any on either side depicted as opportunistic, mercenary or cynical.

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