The Man Who Laughs

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The Man Who Laughs

Postby Lonais Érspont » Thu May 27, 2010 6:52 pm

*Looks around* I'm guessing I'm posting this in the right place... It's definitely not Les Mis but certainly another one of Hugo's works!

Has anyone here ever heard of / read The Man Who Laughs? It's another novel of Hugo's and sadly a terribly overlooked one at that. It had been on my long neglected reading wishlist until recently, and now I find I just can't put it down. In fact, my first thoughts were 'how did I not discover this sooner?!' It seems fellow enthusiasts are hard to find, so if there are any fans here, I'd love to hear what you thought of it!

The plot, in brief, is about the son of a Lord who is removed from the ranks of nobility and ends up in the hands of child-trading gypsies. They specialise in modifying the features of children for financial gain (entertaining the common folk) and In Gwynplaine's case (the main character), carve his face into a permanent smile. He later falls in love with a blind girl who knows nothing of his disfigurement and travels around with philosopher Ursus under the entertaining name of 'The Man Who Laughs'. Later his right to lost estates is found out and he is plunged back into the ugly world of the rich and entitled, finally enduring their mockery in the House of Lords.

I must admit that I've given in to producing a lot of sketches based on this book. It's very inspiring! If you'd like to see, they are here: http://leopreston.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2ppfc6 http://leopreston.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2q6f0k

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Re: The Man Who Laughs

Postby Roses for Ophelia » Thu May 27, 2010 9:25 pm

I've never read it. But there is a silent movie based on it, which i've seen, that is VERY good. Mary Philbin, who played Christine in the first version of Phantom of the Opera, is in it. If you haven't seen it, try hunting it down. It might be on youtube. I think i might hunt down the book!
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Re: The Man Who Laughs

Postby Ulkis » Fri May 28, 2010 4:57 am

Yeah, the silent is pretty good, although they bastardize the ending . . . but they still manage to make it entertaining.

I haven't read the book, but I think I might. Certainly seems like less of a commitment than Les Misérables or his other books.

Lonais, your artwork is gorgeous.

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Re: The Man Who Laughs

Postby 9430 » Fri May 28, 2010 7:37 am

All I know about this story is that the look of the character was the primary inspiration for the Joker! Sounds interesting though.
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Re: The Man Who Laughs

Postby Lonais Érspont » Thu Jun 24, 2010 5:37 pm

Oh! I've seen the black and white film and it's now a firm favourite! I absolutely love the characters in the book! I'm nearly at the end now... more artwork to come as a result I think! :)

Ulkis: Thank you most kindly for the compliment!
9430: Yes! From the part where Gwynplaine wears clown makeup on stage. They may be similar in looks, but Gwynplaine and The Joker couldn't be more different in personality. :)

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Re: The Man Who Laughs

Postby Wolf_Of_Mankind » Sun Sep 26, 2010 3:37 am

Oh my gosh, Lonais. :D It's my second favorite Hugo work ever. See my name? *points* tribute to Homo. My favorite part of the book was totally when he showed up at the end. I think I squeed with happy when Hugo was all like, "What was this wolf? Providence." Because, yes, Victor Hugo, that was totally cool. :mrgreen:

And also ps, the art is BEAUTIFUL. :shock: SO PRETTY. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: The Man Who Laughs

Postby Lonais Érspont » Sat Oct 30, 2010 7:52 pm

Wolf_Of_Mankind wrote:Oh my gosh, Lonais. :D It's my second favorite Hugo work ever. See my name? *points* tribute to Homo. My favorite part of the book was totally when he showed up at the end. I think I squeed with happy when Hugo was all like, "What was this wolf? Providence." Because, yes, Victor Hugo, that was totally cool. :mrgreen:

And also ps, the art is BEAUTIFUL. :shock: SO PRETTY. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


Oh hey! Gosh, I'm so sorry for the extremely belated reply. I've not been around the forum much lately (my bad).

Hee hee, I see! Wonderful choice of username and an equally wonderful tribute to Homo! Yes, Homo saved Gwynplaine at one point, didn't he? It's a shame Gwyn didn't remember that at the end though! *cries* Boo hoo Hugo! Boo hoo! XD

Aww, and thank you so much for the kind compliment! I'm still suffering from the Man Who Laughs bug, and currently I find myself painting Gwynplain in glorious detail. Hopefully I'll be able to share that here soon! :)

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Re: The Man Who Laughs

Postby Wolf_Of_Mankind » Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:37 pm

Awesome!! :mrgreen: I've tried my had at Homo a few times myself, but I wanted to just tell you that your style is beautiful. I really like it, and it's so fitting for Hugo's works.

PS: your LM stuff rocks too. I think you're the only other artist who pictures all the characters exactly like I do. I'm still rather-working on my Valjean design, but yours is fantiastic :shock: And Javert - his eyebrows make me happy. That is all. :D
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Re: The Man Who Laughs

Postby Martine Robespierre » Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:13 pm

I've read it, and I prefere other Hugo's works, the book was quite slow at the beginning and I wasn't able to go on.
Rendre un homme heureux c'est mériter d'etre homme.
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Re: The Man Who Laughs

Postby Lonais Érspont » Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:24 pm

Wolf_Of_Mankind: Look at me, I'm so rude for the extremely belated reply! My apologies. Also, thank you so much for the kind comments! I appreciate them! Aaand, finally, the portrait of Gwynplaine is now finished and I posted it up today. I think you'd like this one: http://leopreston.deviantart.com/#/d368tgt :)

Martine Robespierre: I know what you mean, it certainly is a long read but the characters are worth sticking with. Believe me! ;)

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Re: The Man Who Laughs

Postby Rose In Misery » Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:12 pm

I read it over the weekend and loved it. It's true that it's tough going, and I have to admit I didn't enjoy the digressions as much as in Hugo other works, but I loved the characters of Ursus, Homo, Gwynplaine and Dea.

Lonais Érspont, that picture of Gwynplaine is amazing! Just how I imagined him. :D
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Re: The Man Who Laughs

Postby Martine Robespierre » Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:01 pm

Well, I have to read it again. Maybe I'll find it more intriguing the second time.
Rendre un homme heureux c'est mériter d'etre homme.
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Re: The Man Who Laughs

Postby Wolf_Of_Mankind » Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:12 pm

Lonais Érspont wrote:Wolf_Of_Mankind: Look at me, I'm so rude for the extremely belated reply! My apologies. Also, thank you so much for the kind comments! I appreciate them! Aaand, finally, the portrait of Gwynplaine is now finished and I posted it up today. I think you'd like this one: http://leopreston.deviantart.com/#/d368tgt :


:shock: :shock: :shock:
*passes out*
that is beautiful. I mean, just GAAAAAH. So lovely.
"Have courage for the great sorrows in life and patience for the small ones, and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake."
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Re: The Man Who Laughs

Postby Little Cozelma » Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:43 pm

Well, who says old threads shouldn't be revived?
I began reading this book 2 months ago and am still on page...30?
I hate saying this about a book, but the beginning is a little bit.. uninteresting.
However, as long as it's Hugo, it can only be more than mediocre so I don't even think about quitting it.. I'll post again when I've made progress ;p


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