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Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Les Misérables (1862)

by Victor Hugo

Other authors: Pierre de Beaumont (Author), Norman Denny (Translator), Charles Keeping (Illustrator), Manuel Serdav (Translator)

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I usually love 19th century novels and their length never bothers me, but this novel was just too long and slow. Hugo takes too long to get to his point. Maybe I just do not have patience for the 10 pages filled with pseudo-philisophical musings that accompany every chapter. Eliot does the same thing in Middlemarch, but at a certain point the plot takes over, letting us see the progress (or lack thereof) of the characters as opposed to being told. ( )
  Sareene | Oct 22, 2016 |
First read: January 2016
Re-read: September-October 2016

Just finished re-reading this beauty at 6:14 am today and, boy, do I like this book. It's certainly not one of those books you can sit down and read in a day (and, if you can, please, PLEASE show me your ways!), but I managed to slip a couple of pages here and there since the beginning of classes and I just...

Great read, great musical, great story.
Give it a chance.

And to people who say this book has no relevance now because time has changed...
  LiindaSnow97 | Oct 22, 2016 |
I thought it would take all summer to read, but it moves surprisingly fast. However, there were some parts that I skimmed pretty quickly - Waterloo, a description of the sewers of Paris and some things like that. But a very enjoyable and moving book. This would make a pretty good musical! ( )
  Luke_Brown | Sep 10, 2016 |
I won't even lie, this book took me 3-4 months to read? I did put it down a lot, but I always picked it up again.

Having said that, this book is probably one of the most rewarding books I've ever read. This book left one of the greatest impressions on me. I don't usually have 'favourite' books - I can't pick one book to end all books, but when I think about the books that affected me most, this book comes out on top.

I read the unabridged version of this book and I have to say it did take me quite a while to get used to Victor Hugo's writing style. He will build a world meticulously, talking of a village and its history, building it brick by brick. Nothing will happen, and as a reader, I would often drown in the details.

Then, suddenly, a character enters the scene and so much happens in 20 pages that I can't even look up because the plot grips me so much. World-building aside, I adored a lot of Victor Hugo's characters.

Jean Valjean, Javert and a couple of other characters all have very distinct character arcs and it's wonderful to watch them transform.

This book has one of the strongest and most resonant voices I've ever read. It talks about class, about judging people prematurely, about compassion, about love, about how a person's past is always their future. These are all still very relevant ideas and so it's not as antiquated as you might think.

Fair warning, though - this book will make you cry. I cried for the last 100 pages or so. (I suppose it is called 'The Miserable', which is sort of indicative and warning enough - but still.)

This book does a really brilliant job of finishing the plot into a nice little dovetail, which I really appreciated. And afterwards I wondered how one man could write a book like that, and what an incredible feat it must've been. ( )
  lydia1879 | Aug 31, 2016 |
I had to re-read Les Miserables. I fell in love with the story on the first read, but not the language. Having seen a few adaptations on stage and screen in the few years since my first read of the book, it has not lost any of its original appeal but I noticed that in all the adaptations I was drawn to Javert almost more than to Valjean. So, it was time to rediscover the original characters from the book... I still don't find the language used adequately telling the story - but maybe that's a translation issue. (And yeah, Javert is still the character that intrigues me most.) ( )
  BrokenTune | Aug 21, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Hugo, Victorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beaumont, Pierre deAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Denny, NormanTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Keeping, CharlesIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Serdav, ManuelTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bayard, Emile AntoineCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Denny, NormanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hapgood, Isabel FlorenceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Picchi, MarioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rose, JulieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sabard, Marie-Hélènesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thirlwell, AdamIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ward, LyndIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilbour, Charles E.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Finchè esisterà, a causa delle leggi e dei costumi, una dannazione sociale che in piena civiltà crea artificialmente degli inferni, e aggiunge una fatalità umana al destino, che è divino; finchè i tre problemi del secolo, la degradazione dell'uomo nel proletariato, l'abbiezione della donna per fame, l'atrofia del fanciullo per tenebra, non saranno risolti; finchè, in certi settori, sarà possibile l'asfissia sociale; in altre parole, e da un punto di vista ancor più ampio, finchè esisteranno sulla terra ignoranza e miseria, libri di questa specie potranno non essere inutili.
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In the Year 1815 Monseigneur Charles-François-Bienvenu Myriel was Bishop of Digne.
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Florence Hapgood is a translator, not the original author of this work. The original author is Victor Hugo. If you have Florence Hapgood as the author, please substitute Hugo and put her down as a translator. Thank you.
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Ce prost sunt! îşi zise Jean Valjean. Nu-l remarcase încă şi i-l arăt chiar eu.
O, naivitate a bătrânilor! Înţelepciune a copiilor!
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A fugitive man
gets a new name and new life.
He adopts a girl.


Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451525264, Mass Market Paperback)

Victor Hugo's towering novel of Jean Valjean, his unjust imprisonment, and his lifelong flight from a relentless police officer.

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Story of Valjean, the ex-convict who rises against all odds from galley slave to mayor, and the fanatical police inspector who dedicates his life to recapturing Valjean.

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