Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Les Misérables

By Victor Hugo

  • Release Date: 2011-04-14
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 3.5
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Description

Jean Valjean spent nineteen years in prison — five for stealing bread, fourteen for trying to escape. Valjean tries to make a new life for himself, but he cannot escape the stigma of his past, nor the oppressive watch of the cold-hearted Inspector Javert.
Fantine is a working class woman barely scraping together enough for herself and her young daughter Cosette. Both mother and daughter are exploited by the greedy innkeeper Thénardiers, who keeps demanding more and more money. Fantine’s health begins to deteriorate, and in her desperation she begins to consider prostitution. 
These are but two of the unfortunate souls from Victor Hugo’s massive novel about rebellion, redemption, authority, romance, and justice. Les Misérables is a rich, complex, profound, and heart-breaking work of historical fiction, and one of the greatest novels of all time. 
This includes all five volumes, as well as illustrations by Émile Bayard. Also, many of the more poetic passages are preserved in the original French, side-by-side with an English translation. (Can't do that on Kindle!)

Reviews

  • It's nice

    5
    By More than enough!
    I'm 10, and I watched the movie and wanted to read the book. It was long, not surprisingly. It was cool for a medieval time setting, coz I'm the silent type. 😑 First time I read a book this long... ANYWAY, 2 words: Amazingly cool.
  • A great read

    5
    By Kjp200
    What a tour de force, taking the reader through a historical and emotional gallop through post revolutionary France. Beautiful descriptions of Paris , strong evocation of poverty and criminality, and a breath-taking landscape of human depravity and good laid out for us.
  • Hmmm

    5
    By Joe the idiot
    Bacon
  • ARGH WHAT DOES THIS MEAN????

    3
    By Approximately💖💞💎💍💋
    This book well I couldn't bear to read it. It was boringly long, there were big words I had no idea what the meaning was it was hard to turn the page. I read it but hated it. DO NOT GET THIS BOOK UNLESS ARE OLDER THAN 12 IT'S VERY CONFUSING!!!!!!!!!!!! I liked it a little.
  • Extraordinary

    5
    By ChrisSampson87
    Society condemns the poor. But people can rise above their means and be vindicated by society. The premise of Les Misérables will never expire. The social ills of today differ only marginally from those of Hugo’s epoch, and the story’s pertinence will never wane. Hugo’s writing is inspiring and poetic throughout. The descriptions of love – for one’s child, one’s sweetheart, one’s freedom, one’s country – are incredibly moving. Confronted with these 531,000 words, it certainly helps to be a bit of a Francophile with a general interest in history. Nevertheless, I challenge anyone not to be enlightened by this extraordinary book.

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