The Man Who Laughs PDF/EPUB ↠ The Man ePUB ↠

The Man Who Laughs PDF/EPUB ↠ The Man ePUB ↠

The Man Who Laughs [Download] ✤ The Man Who Laughs By David Hine – The Man Who Laughs first published in 1869 is Victor Hugo’s scathing indictment of the injustice and ineuality within Britain’s political system It is the story of Gwynplaine the two year old heir The Man Who Laughs first published in is Victor Hugo’s The Man ePUB ↠ scathing indictment of the injustice and ineuality 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.

10 thoughts on “The Man Who Laughs

  1. Gabrielle Gabrielle says:

    “The Man Who Laughs” is my favourite Victor Hugo novel so obviously when this graphic novel adaptation appeared on my radar thank you Ashley I simply had to get a copy David Hine and Mark Stafford took Hugo’s story of the rise and fall of a disfigured man and used bright colours and an exaggerated almost surrealist style of illustration to turn it into a bold graphic novel that just like Gwynplaine is beautiful and grotesue at the same timeThis grim story of a corrupted prejudiced and petty society begins with a storm a shipwreck and two abandoned children one blind and one whose face has been mutilated into a chilling permanent grin They are taken in by a solitary wandering philosopher and his pet wolf and will make a simple but happy life as carnies for many years But you know what they say about good things When Gwynplaine’s real parentage and therefore place in society is brought to light his world is upended and while he hopes to do great things with his newfound resources he will discover that his “smile” will always get in the wayI must say I disagree with the author’s note at the end that describes Hugo’s original work as boring and repetitive I love it and if anything I think it's better than a lot of his other famous works Of course when adapting such a huge and convoluted book into a graphic novel the fat must be trimmed and if you are intimidated by the size of the original this version is a great place to become familiar with the story There is still plenty of melodrama of vitriolic social critiue and terrible heartbreak but it is definitely portable and fast pacedThe visual style is extremely striking; I have never seen a graphic novel illustrated like this before and it certainly carries the meaning of the story further – even if it’s not always to my taste I think a traditional design might have actually weakened Gwynplaine’s story by making it a bit too clean or too neat But through this cruder style of illustration we see how moving his tale is we see the values Hugo wanted to convey to his readers you can spend several minutes looking at every page at all the little details that were included to flesh out the storyIf I have one complain is that I wish it was longer An exceptional adaptation of an amazing novel Super geeky additional thoughtsIf you read my reviews regularly you may have noticed that I have a thing for the Joker the original inspiration for the Clown Prince of Crime was actually the 1928 movie adaptation of this story – and it’s main character’s disturbing grin Reading Gwynplaine’s story again after consuming a ridiculous amount of Joker literature last year and getting completely obsessed with Todd Philips’ “Joker” movie I’ve been thinking a lot about the parallels between Hugo’s story and the Batman cannon while the Joker is clearly criminally insane he is a bit like Gwynplaine inasmuch as he has a visceral hatred of the privileged “aristocracy” families like the Wayne family and conseuently Batman who as a vigilante literally takes the law into his own hands that makes the rules In the movie Arthur Fleck the man who becomes the Joker is relentlessly crushed by a system that lets the disenfranchised fall through cracks it has no intention of fixing in an interesting parallel to Gwynplaine’s adoptive family of carnies who live outside the rules of society and are not considered to be a part of it – as their only value is that of fleeting entertainment Fleck laughs compulsively because he cannot cry the same way Gwynplaine’s disfigurement makes him smile even as the worst moments of his life unfold the whole “Let’s put a smile on that face” line from The Dark Knight is a direct reference to Hugo’s story Obviously Hugo’s novel has a republican in the French sense of the word subtext and not an anarchic or criminal one but I think this story was crucial to the development of the Joker’s character on than a simple “mad smile” level

  2. Sam Quixote Sam Quixote says:

    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 Laughs before all I know is that the 1928 movie adaptation with Conrad Veidt as the lead inspired the creation of Batman’s nemesis the Joker but it’s a helluva story The visual of Gwynplaine a man whose face is permanently fixed into a rictus grin is extraordinarily striking and horrifying belying his kind nature and making people’s treatment of him all the cruel What an inspired choice by Hugo though In his afterword David Hine talks about the original novel which he describes as “rambling” “repetitive” and “turgid” where he’s basically taken a knife to the text and stripped it down to its story elements rearranging it to flow better narratively I’ve read enough classics to know that they often have a great story and characters but are hopelessly lost within outdated writing importunate details and sluggish pacing so I’m glad Hine did what he needed to get rid of the tedious chapters on 18th century British law and give us this sweeping graphic adaptation instead And only a couple of new scenes were added by the creative team so credit to Hugo for his flawed but compelling original story In Hine’s hands the story moves uickly from the countryside to London where intrigue and gossip lead to other melodramatic changes And it is a melodramatic story with a sentimental romance and a reveal that’s been done over and over through the centuries but it works It doesn’t feel hackneyed at all and the book is utterly compelling with its twists and turns and even though Hugo wore his republican heart on his sleeve Gwynplaine’s idealistic speech against the selfish rich leeching off of the poor is still pertinent today Mark Stafford’s artwork is a revelation It’s a little bit pseudo cubist in style with its angles and it’s a little cartoonish too – it’s difficult to describe though it’s really wonderful The colours are striking the pages are well laid out and the lettering is beautiful Stafford’s art provides the perfect look for this strange warped fairy tale and it’s an art style I can’t say I’ve ever seen before but I love it You know when you’ve got things to do but you have a few minutes spare so you think you’ll pick up a book and read a few pages before getting on with the other stuff? That was me when I opened this up and I ending up reading it straight through in a single sitting instead It’s a fantastic adaptation of a brilliant little known classic Let’s put a smile on that face check out The Man Who Laughs

  3. Ashley Daviau Ashley Daviau says:

    This graphic novel is just BEYOND stunning Not only is the story incredibly fascinating but the artwork is just out of the world That’s what really made this graphic novel great for me the illustrations are next level gorgeous I kept just staring at each page for ages after having read the text I wanted to completely absorb the beauty of the art The story itself is incredibly interesting as well It had me hooked right from the get go I wanted no NEEDED to know how Gwynplaine’s story would play out

  4. Deborah Ideiosepius Deborah Ideiosepius says:

    This is a beautifully designed penciled and drawn trade paperback of Victor Hugo's novel from 1869 It tells the story of the mutilated orphan Gwynplaine abandoned as a child as he grows into a man He travels with his adopted family in a gypsy van with his rictus of a face always at the center of the novel In time his correct position as a hereditary lord is discovered though always known to the reader and this gave Hugo a platform of oratory on which to stage a socio political statement about society These observations were always at the heart of Hugo's writing and though it has given pathos and drama to all modern adaptations of his work his grim determination to mine every last social wrong can make him challenging to read directlyI expected to like this graphic novel much than I did The art work by Mark Stafford is great The characterisations colour work all of it are beautifully done and perfect for the story The adaptation of the much longer original into this format by David Hine was also very good indeed The dramatic effect of the story was enhanced by the artwork and it all worked together really wellSadly I did not love it I tended to lose interest while reading it and it took me a long time to get through I suspect that the only reason is on me Graphic novels I love dearly Classic novels I am fond of But reading this one brought home to me that the combination of the two does not work for me personally; I want the full classic or a story written for graphic novel Not a mish mashSo not for me Would work really well for people who want to readknow the classic novels by the classic authors but who do not enjoy reading them as originals In the same way that the musical Les Miserable told a story that was not available to all in it's original form

  5. Kat Lastname Kat Lastname says:

    Amazing The art style complements this gritty tale completely Very compelling narrative that remains highly relevant to this day

  6. Dasha M Dasha M says:

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

  7. Ma& Ma& says:

    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

  8. Teodor Teodor says:

    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 ineuality bigotry and injustice and illustrator Mark Stafford brings it all to screaming life thanks to his uniue style by turns grotesue 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 hearted souls crushed by a cruel worldHighly recommended

  9. Nicki Markus Nicki Markus says:

    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 andor enjoy adaptations of classic stories

  10. Bryan Luby Bryan Luby says:

    I highly recommend this adaptation of The Man Who Laughs Much like David Hine and Mark Stafford's adaptation of The Colour Out of Space for SelfMadeHero's Lovecraft Anthology Vol I I found it to be shorter than I would have liked but long enough to fit the whole story in I enjoyed the art style and their ability to cut through Victor Hugo's many superfluous digressions and get to the meat and potatoes of the story

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