Les Miserables (Signet Classics)

Victor Hugo
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.   This Signet Classics edition is the ONLY completely unabridged paperback edition available today.   Translated by Lee Fahnestock and Norman Macafee, based on the classic nineteenth-century Charles E. Wilbour translation   With an Introduction by Lee Fahnestock and a New Afterword    

Reviews

Reviewed: 2016-06-24
I LOVE this book! I can't believe there are people who can go through life not knowing this story.
Reviewed: 2015-01-08

A story that is both heart-warming and heart-breaking. The kindness of Jean Valjean is inspiring. The musical version is amazing and after reading the book I learned much more about the characters and got story tidbits that pulled the musical version better together also. You can order this material at the Colona Public Library ~Ashley

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