The Toilers of the Sea

The Toilers of the Sea The Toilers of the Sea tells of the reclusive Guernsey fisherman Gilliatt who salvages the engines of a wrecked ship by performing great feats of engineering matching wits with sea and storm and do

  • Title: The Toilers of the Sea
  • Author: Victor Hugo Graham Robb Andrew Graham-Dixon James Hogarth
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  • Page: 295
  • Format: Leather Bound
  • The Toilers of the Sea tells of the reclusive Guernsey fisherman Gilliatt, who salvages the engines of a wrecked ship by performing great feats of engineering, matching wits with sea and storm, and doing battle with a great sea monster all to win the hand of a shipowner s daughter.The Toilers of the SeaVictor HugoIntroduced by Graham RobbIllustrated by Victor HugoThe thiThe Toilers of the Sea tells of the reclusive Guernsey fisherman Gilliatt, who salvages the engines of a wrecked ship by performing great feats of engineering, matching wits with sea and storm, and doing battle with a great sea monster all to win the hand of a shipowner s daughter.The Toilers of the SeaVictor HugoIntroduced by Graham RobbIllustrated by Victor HugoThe third of Hugo s great novels, published for the first time with all his original illustrations.The first edition of Victor Hugo s magnificent adventure story to include all of his original illustrations placed as he wished Beautifully reproduced, they are further illuminated in a newly commissioned foreword by the renowned art historian Andrew Graham Dixon This is the finest and most faithful edition of The Toilers of the Sea, celebrating Hugo s brilliance as both author and artist.Production DetailsIllustrated by Victor HugoIntroduction by Graham RobbForeword by Andrew Graham DixonTranslated from the French by James HogarthLimited to 1,250 hand numbered copiesQuarter bound in Indian Goatskin, with cloth printed sides and gold blocking on the spinePrinted on Veltique Ivory528 pages36 colour illustrations by Victor HugoBook size 9 x 7 An elemental adventure of mythic power Religion, society, nature such are the three struggles in which man is engaged In Notre Dame de Paris the author denounced the first of these in Les Mis rables he drew attention to the second in this book he points to the third Victor Hugo wrote this preface to The Toilers of the Sea in 1866 He was living in Hauteville House on Guernsey, where he was an exile for 15 years The novel, set on the island and the waters around it, was a huge success in both Britain and France five French editions were published in three months and eight English editions in the first six years.Written entirely on Guernsey, The Toilers of the Sea encompasses the self destructive nature of love, the civilising mission of the lone hero, and his metaphysical fear of the void , writes Hugo biographer Graham Robb Hugo captures the islanders ambivalent relationship with nature, mocking their beliefs in capricious spirits, water loving devils and saints who perch on rocks But he was also intoxicated by the untamable power of the sea, and it intensified his meditations on the mysterious difficulty of life Hugo s great story of the sea is only now being recognised as an important moment in the history of the novel Graham RobbThe Toilers of the Sea is a many layered spiritual allegory, but it is also a gripping adventure that tells of smugglers, murderous villains, a lovesick hero and a perilous mission undertaken to win the hand of a beautiful girl On another level it is a sharply observed portrait of a people and a place, both effortlessly aphoristic Melancholy is the enjoyment of being sad , The dream world is the aquarium of the night and wonderfully descriptive At its heart is the extraordinary account of Gilliatt s epic struggle to rescue the Durande, a shipwrecked steamer lodged between the two pinnacles of a reef Hugo relates in gripping detail the astonishing salvage operation itself and Gilliatt s phenomenal endurance of every kind of distress while struggling against a tragic torturer s rack Gilliatt is almost devoured by a monstrous octopus held by 250 suckers, in a mingling of anguish and disgust He discovers the sinister jewellry of a sea worn skeleton in the octopus s lair, eventually discovering its spine chilling identity He overcomes isolation, fever, hunger and toil before encountering yet another cruel obstacle, all the while moving towards the final, devastating twist in the story.A masterpiece of art and literatureHugo meant for his illustrations and his words to be inseparable, but until now no edition of the novel has included the original images in their entirety, and today they are even stored in a separate location to the text in the Biblioth que nationale in Paris Their relationship to the novel is curious they are not really visualisations of the story but amount instead to another version of it , as Andrew Graham Dixon writes in his foreword Even intriguing is Graham Dixon s suggestion that they are Hugo s way of expressing what he was unwilling or unable to express in words.Hugo dedicated The Toilers of the Sea to my present asylum, my future tomb , describing Guernsey as austere and yet gentle Estranged from his homeland, he was profoundly compelled by the ineffable forces that had shaped the island and continued to define its character and people In many of his paintings, the sea and its attendant elements are all presiding, dwarfing the image of man so much that scarcely a ship emerges as a distinctive form, still less the figure of Gilliatt These images are dramatic, turbulent, vortex like, picturing an environment in which notions of progress, heroism and love are rendered frighteningly irrelevant Seeing them, it is no surprise that Hugo toyed with the title of The Abyss for the novel Among the few characters depicted are Mess Lethierry and D ruchette, who appears in a guise at once coquettish and menacing Graham Dixon s foreword is a fascinating discussion of Hugo s violent eccentricities , his techniques and the stylistic relation of the paintings to Turner, Constable and others Viewed as stand alone images they are remarkable seen in their rightful place alongside the text, they shed an enthralling light on the novel and on Hugo s innermost fascinations and fears.Victor Hugo 1802 1885 Hugo did no less than participate in the formation of modern France His remarkable life spanned two monarchies, two republics, two revolutions and two empires As a statesman and a writer, he embodied liberal ideas and gave voice to the downtrodden, achieving the rare quality of being both a patriot and a humanist In stature, he was to France what Queen Victoria was to England , writes Hugo s biographer Graham Robb The French newspaper Le Figaro declared his funeral the death knell of a century that is ending His coffin lay in state under the Arc de Triomphe and was buried in the Panth on, surrounded by the heroes of the republic.Rebel, prophetic visionary and grandfather of French letters, Victor Hugo s cultural status dwarfs that of any other French writer He tirelessly reinvented his own image, championing opposing ideologies, and was both revered and ridiculed by people at every echelon of society Posthumously he has been viewed as, among other things, an opportunist, a hero, a sage and a madman His vast literary output includes seven novels, eighteen volumes of poetry and three million words of history, philosophy, travel writing and coded diaries.Hugo was born in Besan on in 1802 to a general in Napoleon s army and a royalist mother It is little wonder that his parents separated and that the adult Hugo was changeable in his loyalties His unsettled childhood included witnessing the carnage of the Peninsular War, an experience that influenced his lifelong horror of violence, and in particular his opposition to the death penalty Between 1815 and 1818, he attended the Lyc e Louis le Grand in Paris, and began writing verse tragedies and poetry At 20 he married Ad le Foucher, the daughter of an officer at the ministry of war, and published his first poetry collection, Odes et po sies diverse Such were its royalist sentiments that it earned him a royal pension from Louis XVIII Change your opinions, keep to your principles change your leaves, keep intact your roots Victor HugoAfter the publication of his first novel, Han d Islande, in 1823, Hugo befriended a group of young Romantic writers and began to experiment poetically with Romantic images and themes In 1830 came Hernani, a play so controversial in its criticism of classical ideals and Bourgeois hypocrisy that its premiere inspired fighting among the audience The Battle of Hernani was considered a triumph of the Romantics over the Classicists Soon after, The Hunchback of Notre Dame brought Hugo wider fame, with its evocation of gothic Paris and its themes of loyalty, love and fate.In 1841, Hugo was elected to the Acad mie fran aise in 1845 the Citizen King, Louis Philippe, made him a Peer ofFrance When Louis Napoleonbecame the first President of the French Republic, Hugo was at first optimistic, but a dramatic change of heart was to come.During the late 1840s, Hugo s political allegiances shifted to the extreme left in response to Louis Napoleon s oppressive policies Gone was Hugo the monarchist in his place came Hugo the champion of socialist ideals In these years, drawing and painting became his creative focus He produced around 4,000 works, often experimental in style his son Charles wrote about his father finishing his landscapes with a light shower of black coffee His techniques anticipated Surrealism and Abstract Impressionism, and it is said that he tried to access his unconscious mind by using his left hand or looking away from the page Though Hugo kept his art largely private, it was admired by great artists such as Van Gogh and Delacroix, the latter of whom wrote that Hugo would have become a celebrated painter had he not pursued a literary career Hugo was always the voice of his nation s bad conscience Graham RobbIn 1851, Hugo s fierce opposition to Louis Napoleon saw him banished from France He fled initially to Brussels, aided by Juliette Drouet, the most enduring of his several mistresses, before settling in Guernsey via Jersey To leave Paris, the native city of my mind , must have been an enormous wrench, but Hugo s creativity was far from impaired During his 15 years on Guernsey he wrote three volumes of poetry and two of his finest novels Les Mis rables and The Toilers of the Sea, all the while denouncing the king in controversial pamphlets.Though granted amnesty in 1859, Hugo chose to remain on Guernsey until 1870, when the Napoleonic dynasty was overthrown and the Third Republic he had campaigned for was established Disembarking from his train at the Gare du Nord, he was greeted by a cheering crowd and paraded in an open carriage through streets lined with jubilant supporters He was appointed to the National Assembly and the Senate Although he suffered the deaths of his wife, mistress and two sons, and his daughter Ad le s descent into madness, he remained active in politics and published a final novel, Ninety Three, in 1874 His 79th birthday prompted the largest parade in French history Soon after the street on which he lived was renamed Avenue Victor Hugo.

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    1. عمال البحر جميعنا ، او اغلبنا نعرف الكاتب الشهير فكتور هيجو.فيكتور هيجو هو مؤلف الرواية الشهيرة (البؤساء) ومؤلف (احدب نوتردام). في الواقع كنت انوي قراءة البؤساء لتكون اول ما اقرأه لفكتور هيجو . ولكن تجري الرياح بما لا تشتهي السفن ، فشاء القدر ووضع رواية عمال البحر امامي. لتكون [...]

    2. ***CAUTION*** This review contains full frontal male nudity (view spoiler)[ not actually illustrated, please contain your disappointment (hide spoiler)]Erwow? Victor Hugo is maybe the best of the worst novelists or the worst of the best, the grandfather of fat awful airport novels, at once magnificent, and risible. To explain it differently, imagine a personal ignorant of religion(view spoiler)[ sorry, this is like something out of classical economics (hide spoiler)], and then imagine dragging t [...]

    3. بالنسبة لي هي أفضل ما كتب فيكتور هيغو، أفضل حتى من البؤساء، بحث فيها هيغو بالنفس البشرية وأظهر نبوغا في التحليل النفسي لدواخل ونوازع اللاشعور. كما أن حبكتها أحكم من حبكة البؤساء وأكثر تشويقا. أنصح بقراءتها.

    4. Of the three Victor Hugo novels most readily available in the U.S The Toilers of the Sea is the least well-known and the one that Hollywood and Broadway have not transformed into pop culture hits. Set in the Channel Islands, where Hugo was exiled for a time, it recounts the heroic story of a local man who risks all the little he has, including his life, to rescue the engines of a shipwrecked steamer and win the hand of the steamer’s owner’s niece. Because it is Hugo there is much description [...]

    5. "Os teimosos são os sublimes. Quem é apenas bravo tem só um assomo, quem é apenas valente tem só um temperamento, quem é apenas corajoso tem só uma virtude; o obstinado na verdade tem a grandeza. Quase todo o segredo dos grandes corações está nesta palavra: perseverando. A perseverança está para a coragem como a roda para a alavanca; é a renovação perpétua do ponto de apoio."— Victor Hugo, Os Trabalhadores do Mar— Victor Hugo, The Wave Or My DestinyCansei-me no alto mar a des [...]

    6. تجسيد رائع للصمت القاتل أنت الوحيد أيها القارئ من يعلم بحب جيليات لداروشات (view spoiler)[فجيليات الشاب الصامت المنعزل عن القرية يقع في حب مدللة والدها داروشات هذا الوالد الميسور مادياً يفقد ثروته بسبب غرق الدجاجة التي تبيض ذهباً "السفينة البخارية" فتخرج داروشات بإعلان زواجها من [...]

    7. Nunca em todos os meus anos de leitura me deparei com um personagem mais carismático mais encantador que Gilliatt. Quem já leu o livro sabe do que estou falando, e quem ler vai saber e se encantar.Esse livro é uma verdadeira obra prima. No começo o livro é um pouco confuso pois as histórias dos personagens são contadas separadamente, mas na parte final as peças vão se juntando e então aparece o encantamento e a admiração por esse fenômeno chamado Gilliatt .!!

    8. رواية تقع في 3 اقسام و في كل قسم يوجد عدد من الكتب .لا أنكر أنّي بالبداية وقعت في لخبطة من طريقة هيقو بتقسيم الكتاب وتركيزه على كل شخصية بشكل منفرد ، حتى أني ظننت أنها مجموعة قصص عن بحّارين مختلفين ، لكن سرعان ماتتقاطع الأحداث وتترابط حكايا الشخصيات .الرواية مليئة بالدهشة . فيه [...]

    9. Imagine the perfect recipe, the perfect blend of elements. In many respects "The Toilers of the Sea" is that perfect blend. One part epic drama, one part satiric wit, one part ethnographic study of Guernsey Island in the mid 1800s, one part battle between man and nature, one part spiritual allegory, and the topping is two parts elegant prose. Yes, yes, it is a lot to take on, but Victor Hugo did it oh so well. How many authors can make long drawn out descriptive passages gripping? Hugo's prose i [...]

    10. You hear that? The earth just shook a little because Ernest Hemingway, after vomiting on himself, shook his fist in disgust as one more reader found The Toilers of the Sea. Victor Hugo, the modern era's poet philosopher, ponders Man's relationship with nature. He musters every ounce of his romantic emotion and universal sooth-saying while still dictating precise details regarding the actions, jargon and sciences of the cultural entity in the Norman archipelago. But, of course, a social dissentor [...]

    11. Not many people read Victor Hugo any more, and that is a shame. No one could write prose that is more emphatic and dramatic. No matter that it espouses 19th century values: At the same time it is like a precursor of existentialism.Gilliatt, the hero, is a Channel Island sailor who knows he sea as few people do. He is in love with Dérouchette Lethierry, whose father runs a steam ferry connecting Guernsey Island with the Breton port of St-Malo. When this ferry is deliberately sunk by its captain, [...]

    12. PREFACEReligion, Society, and Nature! these are the three struggles of man. They constitute at the same time his three needs. He has need of a faith; hence the temple. He must create; hence the city. He must live; hence the plough and the ship. But these three solutions comprise three perpetual conflicts. The mysterious difficulty of life results from all three. Man strives with obstacles under the form of superstition, under the form of prejudice, and under the form of the elements. A triple [...]

    13. You know an author's legacy is going to the shitter when his or her most famous novels get translated into Disney cartoons and garish musicals. But what's worse is that the rest of your output gets duly ignored. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that "Toilers" might be Hugo's greatest work. It's definitely superior to "Notre Dame" and it gives "Les Miserables" a run for its money.Sublime and supreme, this is the ultimate tale of man against the world. Remember that English 101 crap abou [...]

    14. Like early Clive Cussler? Then this is a must-read literary classic for you: a singular hero, Gilliatt (versus Dirk Pitt, his sidekick Giordino, tons of high tech equipment, and Numa backup teams the world over in Cussler's world) must salvage the engines of ship which is wrecked, upright, between two massive rock towers springing from the ocean depths using the technology of the mid-19th century How he does it is amazing enough: why he does it and what happens afterward is icing on the cake. Of [...]

    15. I know many people will disagree with me here, but this particular book was an aggressively tedious read. The story started off very well and held my interest tightly, unfortunately it soon was a struggle to care about the story as the narrative became extraneously descriptive. The tempo of this tale is incredible slow, as the author carries on describing the entire history of every little thing that appears in the story; I would say this book is twenty percent story and eighty percent needless [...]

    16. Our life seems to stand on the precipice of an isolated island divided as it is by a great sea that separates us from knowing the course of our destiny. To live is to toil this sea---to swim blindfolded upon the great expanse of its infinite waters that incessantly make us work hard to bridge the gap between our life and the fulfillment of our destinyThe sea is symbolically strewn in the novel as the immutable rough path that we should all undertake without much choice. It is Victor Hugo's overw [...]

    17. #رواية لايمكن ان يقال عنها رائعة باكتفاء وصفي متواضع ، استطيع ان اقول اني افضلها على جميع اعمال #فكتور_هوجو في عمقها الانساني ، تشبه في قراءاتها التامل في الذات وستلاحظ وانت تقرأها ان علاقتك للبحر ستصبح معقدة اكثر .رغم قراءتي واعجابي في الماضي للبؤساء اجد روحي تعلقت في هذا ال [...]

    18. "رواية الإنسان في مواجهته للطبيعة في سكونها وضجيجها، في روعتها ورعبها، بما يعيش فيها من كائنات لطيفة أو شياطين مخيفة، بما فيها من عناية إله عظيم، ومن ألسنة من نار وأشداق فاغرة لحيوانات اللعنة والغضب الإلهي. هي قصة الحضارة التي وضعتها يد الله وتركت للإنسان أن يختار دوره فيها، [...]

    19. A really meaty main character. Absolutely loved all the bits about his struggle salvaging the wreck - man against the sea - very epic-feeling and harkens back to Greek myth for me, you know, heroes unsurpassed, like Hercules or Achilles. And always with that tragic slant, which gives it depth of feeling. I was truly enchanted by the contrast of characters innocent of pain, immersed in their joy, with our hero, Gilliatt, standing on a rock lashed by the sea, a symbol of those who give all and nev [...]

    20. gutenberg/catalog/worlTranslator: W. Moy ThomasDedication:I DEDICATE THIS BOOK TO THE ROCK OF HOSPITALITY AND LIBERTY TO THAT PORTION OF OLD NORMAN GROUND INHABITED BY THE NOBLE LITTLE NATION OF THE SEA TO THE ISLAND OF GUERNSEY SEVERE YET KIND, MY PRESENT ASYLUM PERHAPS MY TOMBOpening:IA WORD WRITTEN ON A WHITE PAGEChristmas Day in the year 182- was somewhat remarkable in the island ofGuernsey. Snow fell on that day. In the Channel Islands a frosty winteris uncommon, and a fall of snow is an ev [...]

    21. " فالحياة رحلة والفكر دليلها فإذا ما انعدم الدليل، توقفنا فيضيع الهدف وتنعدم القوة. كما أن للحظ قوة غريبة في حياتنا وكثيراً ما يصيب ويؤثر جداً في شخصيتنا الخلقيةأما الأمل، فهو تنمية النفس واقالتها ليس هناك ما يصمد امام المصاعب كلها سوى النفوس الكبيرة التي تمتع دائماً بالقو [...]

    22. اول روايه قرأتها في حياتي و أعجبت بي فيكتور هيجوا و قررت أتعلم الفرنسية علشان استمتع بكتاباته و شعره و بالفعل لكن للأسف لم اصل لهذه المحرحله بعد

    23. ending hard to digest!!!!real life does not always end smoothly.Although didn't want the ending to be this way,felt miserable about the end part but still liked altogether.

    24. The Toilers of the SeaVictor Hugo is fast becoming my favorite author. Well, he’s still got to pass J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, but after reading The Toilers of the Sea I’m determined to find more of his work in translation. I have already found out about 93 and The Man Who Laughs being available and look forward to reading them. It doesn’t mean he’s easy to read though, Hugo is well known for going on long excurses about topics only tangientially related to the main plot. They can be [...]

    25. I consider Victor Hugo the apotheosis of a romantic writer, in whose fictional universe love, honor and commitment are the most worthy and noble of all human choices, though often made at great cost. This cost is usually tragic in his novels, but revealing, not flaws in the universe, but the relative insignificance of all calamities, even death, beside such choices.The conflict of Toilers of the Sea puts the love, honor and commitment of its hero, Gilliatt, in the starkest possible relief -- so [...]

    26. لا أتخيل وجود شخص في هذا العالم مستعد للتضحية بحبيبته لأجل إرضائها وتنفيذ رغبتها في ارتباطها بشخص آخر مثلما فعل جيليات!!! أعتقد أنه كان من الممكن اعترافه لها بحبه قبل حدوث ما حدث!! ولكنه فضل التضحية!! وفي النهاية حصل على قدره وهو الموتفكان هذا جزاء تضحيته!

    27. كالعادة هوقوفي رقيه و أناقتهيتحفنا بهذا العمل الخالدجيليات حيث الصدق و الانسانية وكل القيم في ابهائهاهذه الشخصيةلن يمحيها الزمن

    28. It feels as though I have been aboard this book for months. I mean this in the best possible way. I had not read any Victor Hugo as an adult. His style of story telling, his fastidious nature of description of minute detail after minute detail, he leaves no side of any stone or wrinkle untold or untouched. I found the condensed language to be refreshing. The book is a clinic of the sea, the toiling of the human spirit, a mystery, pure poetry. I will say Hugo's affliction for the beauty of youth [...]

    29. The Man Whose Ship Came In In Pieces--Spoilers!Another great work by Hugo. I'd thought The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and Les Mis were his greatest works, and had never even heard of The Toilers of the Sea, until I stumbled across a hardback copy in a local used bookstore. It was definitely unlike either of his earlier books. But, I certainly was lulled unsuspectingly into that ending. The novel is written in a more mature style than Hugo's earlier works. But, typically, he takes many side excursio [...]

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