Les Misérables - Victor Hugo

Les Misérables

By Victor Hugo

  • Release Date: 2011-04-14
  • Genre: Classics
Les Misérables book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 614 Ratings)

Les Misérables Victor Hugo Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

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!)

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User reviews about this book

  • Lés Miserables

    5
    By Jammyz/qq
    Lés Miserables ( Or Le Mis) is an amazing story. The characters are very thoughtfully made, and the story is interesting. 10/10 would read again.
  • Absolutely amazing!!!

    5
    By professional nerdy reader
    I read this book in fourth grade and loved it!!
  • Les miserables...

    5
    By The best book ever💙❤️
    Fully amazed with this incredible book how hard I wish the whole world could read this book
  • This is the best book ever

    5
    By Anastasia 🔮💎🕊 Chandler
    This is one of the must-thread books. The meaning that this book bears is so deep and humane. It is one of the book that after reading it will make you reflect and contemplate life.
  • Weird translation

    3
    By lispod
    This is the second time I've read the unabridged, and the translation in this ebook is just strange. I can't get past how they use "ejaculated" every five minutes during an argument for someone shouting. For being free it's better than lugging around a 1400 page book, but try a different translation.
  • Les misèrables is amazing

    5
    By savygirl24601
    This book is amazing! I am in love! I just love this!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
  • Awesome.

    5
    By Toojay514
    Favorite book ever, definitely worth taking the time to read.
  • I am officially obsessed!!

    5
    By Barbser
    I haven't read it yet but I watched the old movie version in school, I saw it in theaters and its coming back to Broadway!!!! Can't wait!
  • Les Miz review

    5
    By Rich's HP
    An excellent book. The story surpasses the attempt at filming and stage playing it.
  • I finished Les Mis.

    3
    By macaulaydougie
    It took me some time, but I finally finished Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. Like Jean Valjean pushing stubbornly over the Alps in the death of cold; facing the whips of scorn for being an ex-con; and the pain of carrying a dying young man through the dark hazardous sewers, I have pushed past the interruptions of Napoleon's rise and fall, the numerous chapters on Waterloo; the history of Paris and its sewers to reach the end of the story. My love of the story and it's 20th Century music, drives me to the conclusion. This novel includes me into the pieces of the story I had missed on Broadway and it shares the historical visual treasures that are in the movie. I can now say, farewell and God bless Jean Valjean.

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