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In October 1855 Victor Hugo arrived in Guernsey, a
political exile. He established a home for himself and family in St Peter Port
at Hauteville House. Almost every day he
wrote. He completed les Misérables and
composed many poems which were published as les
Légendes des siècles and les Chansons
des rues et des bois.
In Guernsey Hugo had the perfect opportunity to study
the sea. From his ‘look out’ he witnessed steamships and sailing-boats coming
and going, the hustle-and-bustle of the port, storm clouds rolling in, the sea
turning into a raging cauldron, ships in distress, shipwrecks.
In 1859 he spent a holiday in Sark. While swimming in
a cave his son Charles tangled with an octopus. An idea for a novel was born.
Hugo incubated the project until the summer of 1864 and then began to write in
earnest. At first he called the novel The
Abyss but then changed it to The
Toilers of the Sea.