IF you want to broaden your study of French a little and try your hand at some of the classics then the internet can really help you out.
Whether it is a touch of Baudelaire, or the fables of de la Fontaine many of these books have been placed online in simple text formats.
So if for example you want to find out a little about the life of Victor Hugo and read a few pages from the Hunchback of Notre Dame then it is a simple task.
The first place to head to is the Wikipedia entry on Victor Hugo that traces the author’s life from his earliest days.
The page found on Wikipedia has been produced collectively to produce a reference that would shame many an encyclopaedia.
As you read through Hugo’s life you will see towards the foot of the page under External Links a reference to Project Gutenberg.
This is another online resource that over the past years has been digitising textbooks and novels that are no longer under copyright, so people can read them online.
On the Project Gutenberg page for Victor Hugo you will reference to a large collection of his work, including novels, poetry and essays.
And there in the list of titles is not only a French and English text version of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, although the audio reading of the story leaves a little to be desired.