The Man Who Laughs The Man Who Laughs first published in is Victor Hugo s scathing indictment of the injustice and inequality within Britain s political system It is the story of Gwynplaine the two year old heir t

  • Title: The Man Who Laughs
  • Author: David Hine Mark Stafford Victor Hugo
  • ISBN: 9781906838584
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Man Who Laughs first published in 1869 is Victor Hugo s scathing indictment of the injustice and inequality within Britain s political system It is the story of Gwynplaine, the two year old heir to a rebel lord, who is abducted upon the orders of a vindictive monarch, and whose face is mutilated into a permanent grisly grin, then abandoned After years of living inThe Man Who Laughs first published in 1869 is Victor Hugo s scathing indictment of the injustice and inequality within Britain s political system It is the story of Gwynplaine, the two year old heir to a rebel lord, who is abducted upon the orders of a vindictive monarch, and whose face is mutilated into a permanent grisly grin, then abandoned After years of living in poverty, Gwynplaine is reintroduced to the aristocratic life and resolves to become the voice of the voiceless whether he is heard or not Author David Hine and artist Mark Stafford introduce Hugo s classic to a new generation of fans in this graphic novel adaptation of abduction, mutilation, loss, and prejudice.

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    1. 1690. A frozen wasteland. A departing ship of vagabonds leaving a child behind to die, the boy’s face hidden. A terrible storm that sinks the ship and all its crew leaving behind a message in a bottle - a message of a terrible injustice. A hanging corpse. A frozen mother in the snow, her baby still alive somehow. A kind man and his wolf bringing in the boy and the baby into their caravan – a new family formed. What an opening chapter! I’ve never read Victor Hugo’s 1869 novel The Man Who [...]

    2. Olyan nagyon szép! A történet, a rajzok, minden. Alapvetően nem vagyok feldolgozás párti, viszont Hine nagyon szépen tudott úgy a fő cselekményre koncentrálni, hogy nem veszett el a tipikus Hugo-féle társadalomkritika, mégis megmaradt Gwynplaine a középpontban. És sokkal barátságosabb 100 oldalas kitérők nélkül olvasni. (Állítólag az eredeti regény nem is egy jól sikerült Hugo.) Stafford rajzaiba is teljesen belezúgtam, ki ő, és miért nem ismertem eddig? Lehetne [...]

    3. This is one of the best true graphic novels I've read. The artwork is mesmerizing and the storytelling is top notch. I came for the visual inspiration for the Joker (of Batman) but stayed for the scathing portrayal of classism.

    4. Wow. A central character at once endearing and grotesque. Artwork that is bleak but beautiful. This is a simply incredible graphic adaptation of an obscure (to me at least) Victor Hugo novel.

    5. Compulsive and utterly engaging read. David Hine strips down Hugo's melodrama (and it IS a melodrama) to its raw essentials to tell a tragic story of inequality, bigotry and injustice, and illustrator Mark Stafford brings it all to screaming life thanks to his unique style - by turns grotesque and heartbreaking; a heightened approach that suits the dramatic fever pitch of the material, and that complements the edge of satire and black humour that also laces this gut-wrenching story of kind-heart [...]

    6. I am not a huge graphic novel reader. However, after seeing the musical The Grinning Man in London last month, I have become obsessed with Gwynplaine's story and am trying to read and watch all its incarnations. This graphic novel is an excellent adaptation of the story that keeps all the key elements I loved in the show. The artwork is super, and it really captures the mood of the piece. Definitely one to check out if you like graphic novels and/or enjoy adaptations of classic stories.

    7. A beautifully illustrated book, and a great way to get introduced to the immense tragedies of Victor Hugo. The wordless ending was one of the best I've experienced.

    8. Es espectacular como un solo monologo de un hombre que ha sufrido y visto tantas desgracias puede ser tan vívido , cuando victor hugo escribe esas lineas esta pensando en ese contexto y tranquilamente se puede pensar o creer que esta hablando de la actualidad politica de cualquier pais del mundo , corrupcion, deshonestidad, intolerancia, como se deforma la verdad en salvaguarda de clases dominantes etc. Es lo que lo hace un clásico, su denuncia no es ajena a estos tiempos, por momentos es mas [...]

    9. On a bitterly cold day during the coldest English winter for a hundred years, a group of nefarious carnies abandon their young freak Gwynplaine on a desolate part of the coast before embarking on a voyage to parts unknown. These Machiavellian merrymakers don’t get to enjoy the sea air for long though as a storm batters their vessel, leaving them with only time to launch a message in a bottle detailing their multifarious sins and say a quick prayer before they are all drowned.It seems that the [...]

    10. 3.5 laughs? This is an interesting story about a boy who eventually becomes his own little freak show, due to his odd looks, primarily his mouth. He travels with the man who took him in as a child, as well as the orphaned girl he found during the winter he was saved. As he grows older and reaches his 20's, he discovers he is a blood relative of some shitty royal family or something. That whole part was a little confusing. I think things should have been more clearly stated and easier to understa [...]

    11. This is a near perfect adaptation of, and definite improvement on, the original Victor Hugo novel. It captures the darkness of the story in jagged lines and muted tones, it balances dialogue and silence as only brilliant visual media can, and it fleshes out characters beyond their original stock limitations without deviating from the story. The illustration of Gwynplaine in particular is exceptionally well done, as his true emotion is always on display regardless of his perpetual grin. It's a sk [...]

    12. The life story of an orphaned boy disfigured with a permanent grotesque grin (inspiration for the Joker from 'Batman') illustrates Hugo's underlying themes of class and social injustice, as the orphan finds a family, loses it, and finds it again. Keep in mind, this is the same author who wrote 'Les Miserables', so it's on the tragic side.The art works best for male characters, I find--'beautiful' women tend to look like big-eyed, fish-lipped aliens--but the story is well told and not too preachy [...]

    13. Art - 5Story - 0Overall- 2.5The art is creepy and awesome, but God, Victor Hugo couldn't write a decent story to save his life. I've tried, I really have, to give the Frenchman a fair shake, and I've never read, seen, or heard a single story or adaptation of his that works. I'm calling it now, Hugo is the French Charles Dickens: someone whose work people claim to love but it's more a representation of snobbery than taste. Conspicuous consumption of crappy storytelling. This really isn't worth th [...]

    14. This graphic novel pulls together the essence of Victor Hugo's book and gives it the visual quality the book deserves. The artist's style is well suited for both displaying the grotesque qualities of Gwynplaine while at the same time revealing his humanity. Beauty is easily twisted into demonic shape just as monsters become heroes.

    15. Never read the original by Victor Hugo, but I have seen the film a few times and it is one of my all-time favourite films. This version is cool. The artwork is beautiful and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the story. Still, I prefer the film It would take a lot for something to top that for me ^^

    16. A fantastic adaptation of Victor Hugo's rather ambulatory, but eventually, biting criticism of English Monarchy and social hierarchy. Hine plays rather close to the source material, but fashions the narrative to be a little less bloated with explanation of Parliament, and more free flowing as a coherent narrative.

    17. A very interesting graphic novel. It was certainly something not expected. I had a lot of compassion for Gwnplaine as well as Dea. This graphic novel was created quite beautifully and it bought the storyline to life. After reading the novel it left me questioning of how certain political things are portrayed in society.

    18. I wish I knew the original Hugo novel so as to compare it with Hine's adaptation. But this book, on its own merits, is certainly a strong one. Hine's has retained the novelistic depth of the story (I am assuming), while Stafford uses the workings of the medium to make the book original in its own way.

    19. Finished this in an hour! Really enjoyable read that is rare to find: an enjoyable adaptation of an older book, but strongly truthful to the thematic ideas without feeling like I was getting something diluted or glossed over.Picked it up because it seemed an interesting premise and art perfect for the source material that balanced finely on the edge between beautiful and grotesque.

    20. Altogether a very enjoyable Hugo melodrama- I was initially uncertain about Hine's somewhat scratchy pen style, but I warmed to it. The subtle addition of tone and the truly gorgeous colour makes the art extremely immersive. All in all, exactly what I would want from this story-involving, moving, big graphics, blocks of colour. Another great book from Self Made Hero.

    21. A beautifully illustrated tragedy of the late 1600's in which a curse, set out to be solved like a fairytale story, is grounded in harsh reality, and the cruelness and lateness of luck upon those who deserve it. The story is really short, a very quick read, but the detailed pictures keep it lushly grotesque and a treat to read. A must recommend for graphic novel fans. 4.05/5

    22. Taken from Victor Hugo's novel about a boy saved from death who has a horribly disfigured face. Dark and sad but according to what I've read about Hugo's novel not muddled or difficult to follow.A very harsh look at the class system of the time.

    23. The artwork was lovely. This could have been executed in a more complex and satisfying way I think. Also, why would you abridge Victor Hugo and then add in your own extra scenes? That said, the story kept me gripped.

    24. I haven't read the Victor Hugo novel or seen the silent film, but I'm not sure that I need to. The graphic novel aimed at trimming the fat and adding coherence.Atmospheric, sinister, sexy, compelling.

    25. A very short adaptation of the novel, but it's a nice little tragedy. Makes points about the unfairness of the British political system but doesn't lose focus on the strengths and flaws of the individual characters.

    26. I thoroughly enjoyed this rendition of Victor Hugo's work. The art was perfect for the subject matter and the story was reworked into something much more manageable than the original. It was a great random pick up from the library.

    27. Classic literature in graphic novel form? Yes please! All the elements of plot and story without dense, outdated prose.

    28. This book has one of the best graphics of all times. Even though the story is kinda meh (with all do respect to V.Hugo) it's still readable thanks to the awesome artwork.

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