Les Misérables

Les Misérables

Book - 2008
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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.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, [2008]
Edition: Modern Library ed
ISBN: 9780394604893
Branch Call Number: HUGO V
Characteristics: xxxiv, 1330 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Madden, James
Rose, Julie 1952-


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The mother of Cosette, the ward of ex-convict Jean Valjean, dies early in the story but her devotion to her daughter, and the sacrifices she makes for her, make her a mother to be remembered.

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Nadrina Whatley
Aug 24, 2016

I'm not sure anyone will be able to answer this for me, but which translation is this? It just says it's an ebook published by Fictionwise and the author is Victor Hugo. But the book was originally written in French so this is obviously based on a translation..l want to know which one, and if it's the abridged or unabridged version. I've looked everywhere for this info!

Whaling_Waffle Jun 05, 2016

I first read Les Misérables in 2009 and it remains the best book I have ever read.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

Like many novels of the era, Les Misérables is bogged down by digressions and rants that tend to be political, philosophical, or personal. Not your thing? Strip away all these offenses and Les Misérables is a riveting story of redemption.

Jul 13, 2015

Amazing, beautifully written book. A bit long and slow in some parts, but overall, a great read! By far my favourite classic. Make sure you have a box of tissues beside you!

7Liberty7 Oct 16, 2014

You won't go wrong reading this stirring and touching book. As a side note, Hugo fills the pages with explanations, descriptions, etc. so be prepared for a long read. Jean Valjean remains among my top favorite characters from literature.

Sep 09, 2014

This book took me a collective month to read, but it was well worth it. My favorite part was how masterfully Victor Hugo made personal conflicts in this book. I have never read any personal conflicts as well written than his.

Sep 06, 2014

Hugo's enraptured extemporizing on the France of his time was a little bewildering but completely pardonable amid a bold and garish novel with a deep moral conviction: that liberty is for the criminal, the poor, the small everywhere. And love. "Love one another always," says Jean Valjean, "there is nothing else that matters in this world except love." Worth the 1,200 pages.

7Liberty7 May 19, 2014

The central plot in Les Miserables is so touching and very stirring. Victor Hugo had a heart for the mistreated, hurt, and abused and I appreciate that. On the other hand, I do NOT like all the philosophical and explanatory pages that fill this book. Half the book is explanations, descriptions, etc. and that makes Les Miserables a very long read. But if you decide not to read it, you're missing out on one of the finest stories in world literature. I love Jean Valjean and Cosette!

Blue_Cat_1606 Oct 13, 2013

I am only twelve years of age and I've loved this book for what it really is. It is by far one of my favorite books of all time and I wish to read it again in High School! 5/5 stars.

Jul 26, 2013

A book you'll never forget. The definition of a 'classic'.

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Jul 13, 2015

This is a novel about a man named Valjean who is arrested for stealing a loaf of bread. He escapes and after much struggle to find a place to stay in, he is welcomed by a kind bishop who later changes Valjean forever. Valjean creates a new identity as a Mayor and influences everybody he meets (the kindest saint ever!) However, an investigator recognizes the Mayor as the convict from years before. As he tries to stay out of his sight, he is also trying to save this little girl named Cosette. A moving, compelling story... You better read to find out what happens!

May 27, 2014

Jean Valjean steals a piece of bread because his sister's children are starving. He is imprisoned for five years, but racks up a total of 19 for trying to escape. Once escaped, he breaks parole and creates a new identity; M. Mayor. Fantine, who had a child, Cosette, with a man named Tholoymes is abandoned by him, and is fired from her job in a factory. Cosette stays with an innkeeper and his wife(Fantine pays them, as she is unaware they treat Cosette as a slave), the two Thenardiers, who has three children; Eponine, Azelma, and Gavroche. She is rescued later by Jean Valjean, under the identity of M. Mayor. Jean Valjean feels responsible for Cosette after Fantine dies, and he raises her as his own, escaping Inspector Javert again, who is trying to catch him/find him. Years later when Cosette is 18, she meets Marius Pontmercy, a student, and also part of the Les Amis. The two fall in love. The Les Amis is a group of students(he main character ones are Jehan/Jean Prouvaire, Bousette, Bahorel, Courfeyrac, Gavroche, Grantaire, Combeffere, etc.) who are starting a revolution(the French Revolution). Many small subplot details happen, and then, at the barricade, Eponine saves Marius by blocking a shot, as she's in love with him; she dies. All the Les Amis dies, except Marius who is saved by Jean Valjean who went to the barricade. Jean Valjean saved Javert by pretending to shoot him and let him go free, as he was an infiltrator. Javert jumps off a bridge. Marius recovers and marries Cosette. Jean Valjean leaves to a convent, and Marius and Cosette join him after Thenardier tips them off to his whereabouts. Marius has no idea Jean Valjean saved him. Jean Valjean dies with Marius and Cosette by his side.


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