Les Misérables

Les Misérables

Introducing one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjean—the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread—Les Misérables ranks among the greatest novels of all time. In it, Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a battle between good and evil, and carries them to the barricades during the uprising of 1832 with a breathtaking realism that is unsurpassed in modern prose. Within his dramatic story are themes that capture the intellect and the emotions: crime and punishment, the relentless persecution of Valjean by Inspector Javert, the desperation of the prostitute Fantine, the amorality of the rogue Thénardier, and the universal desire to escape the prisons of our own minds. Les Misérables gave Victor Hugo a canvas upon which he portrayed his criticism of the French political and judicial systems, but the portrait that resulted is larger than life, epic in scope—an extravagant spectacle that dazzles the senses even as it touches the heart.

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    Les Misérables Reviews

  • Hippo dari Hongkong

    One of the "biggest" book I've ever read, and I remembered Mick Foley's "warning" about a big book."A big book is like a serious relationship; it requires a commitment. Not only that, but there's no g...

  • Emily May

    Les Misérables can be translated from the French into "The Miserable Ones", "The Wretched", "The Poor Ones", "The Wretched Poor" or "The Victims". So, as you will have concluded, this is not a happy ...

  • Aubrey

    Let's say that I could choose a single book with the guarantee that every man, woman, and child would read it. I would not choose my top three favorites, nor would I choose the one whose remnants are ...

  • Melissa ? Dog/Wolf Lover ? Martin

    I'm in the minority unfortunately. I thought the book was okay. I was hoping it would blow my mind and be a favorite like The Count Of Monte Cristo, as I was afraid of that book too, but alas, it was ...

  • Fabian

    I chose to read the hefty Victor Hugo classic for my thirtieth birthday, &, let me tell you, the experience was One Biiiig Bitch. I mean, why EVEN go to the 200 + year old text when the Broadway music...

  • Lisa

    What makes a favourite book?In this case, I will have to say: one single character that broke my heart and shaped my idealism and stirred my anger: Gavroche Thénardier."Si l'on demandait à la grande...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    873. Les Misérables, Victor HugoLes Misérables is a French historical novel by Victor Hugo, first published in 1862, that is considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. In the English...

  • Michael

    This will be another review-as-I-go!First, a thank you to Rachel for recommending the Fahnestock and MacAfee translation, which is wonderful so far!Next, a question: Why have I been so drawn lately to...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    873. Les Misérables, Victor HugoLes Misérables is a French historical novel by Victor Hugo, first published in 1862, that is considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. In the English...

  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon

    I saw the movie version of this before reading it and I was utterly shook by the powerful nature of the story. When I read it I hoped for the same experience, instead I had one more powerful. In life...