I woke up this morning to a news story about how The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, written by Victor Hugo, has soared to number one on book and movie lists. This in the wake of yesterday’s terrific fire at Notre Dame. One story talked about how the French often turn to literature in a time of crisis. My first reaction that was how wonderful it must be to live in a country where literature is revered in that fashion.
Hugo is one of the great writers - EVER. His book is a fine read and I encourage you to follow the trend and read it if you haven’t done so already. Many may be more familiar with the movie version. The Disney take was of course a big hit in the late ‘90s. However, if film is your forte, then definitely check out Charles Laughton in the 1939 version. Laughton, who is considered one of the greatest actors ever, offers one of his best performances in that movie. So, skip Disney, go for the real deal.
It is amazing how people are transfixed by places where they’ve been or that have become symbolic in their own lives of something that lies deeper within. Clearly, from the world reaction, Notre Dame is such a place for many people.