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Guess Which Novel Is Suddenly No. 1 in France

'Hunchback of Notre Dame' by Victor Hugo climbs the Amazon charts there
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2019 5:16 PM CDT
Updated Apr 16, 2019 6:15 PM CDT
Victor Hugo's 1831 novel, 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame,' is popular again for a not-great reason.   (Wikimedia Commons/Oeuvres illustr?es de Victor Hugo. Paris: J. Hetzel, 1853)

(Newser) – The fire at Notre Dame cathedral has led to a surge in popularity of Victor Hugo's 1831 novel centered there. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, known as as Notre-Dame de Paris in French, now sits atop the Amazon best-seller list in France, reports HuffPost. In fact, two different editions of the book were in the 1-2 spots, and six of the top 10 spots were occupied by different editions, notes the Independent. The love story between bell ringer Quasimodo and Esmeralda doubles as a tribute to the cathedral, and Vox highlights a passage illustrating that. "Great edifices, like great mountains, are the work of centuries," it begins. (Billionaires are stepping up to fund the cathedral's rebuilding.)

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