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Les Miserables Complete and Unabridged: With Illustrations [Remastered for NOOK]

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

24 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

A must read!

Les Miserables is my new all-time favorite books. I love the richness of the story, the grandness and generosity of the sentiments, and the deep human insight. I find this old translation to be just lovely. I can open it to many a page and just read, like lovely poetry,...
Les Miserables is my new all-time favorite books. I love the richness of the story, the grandness and generosity of the sentiments, and the deep human insight. I find this old translation to be just lovely. I can open it to many a page and just read, like lovely poetry, for the beauty of the language. But it is most worthwhile for the depth of humanity that Hugo shows thru his precious character. Such Jean Valjean who stole my heart.

As I mentioned in my headline the book is a must read. It would be a crime to miss this wonderful - you are among the miserable of the earth in a very different sense if you don't take the time to read it.

Another wonderful element is the sense of history that you get from it. The Napoleonic wars still inspired passion. It's great to see the battle of Waterloo recounted from the French side. There a forty or fifty page chapter that is worth reading for the history alone - all triggered as an aside to explain why Valjean was convicted a second time despite his good works, because, in court, he referred in passing to Napoleon as "the Emperor." It brings history alive in a way that history books alone do not at times. And I usally look for those since I am a huge history buff. For anyone else who luvs to jog back into history pick up this book. It's definately worth the read.

Also this particular version has a working TOC allowing easy naviagation. It also has photos throughout the book. Its worth the 3 bucks.

posted by ClassicReaderBW on October 8, 2012

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10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Beautiful story but too long. Not entirely happy with the trans

Beautiful story but too long. Not entirely happy with the translation. This version best for students interested in picking it apart for discussion.

posted by 16692770 on November 20, 2012

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

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    It's Les Miserables. That's about all that needs to be said. A t

    It's Les Miserables. That's about all that needs to be said. A tremendous story that is worthy of all the renditions be it in the theater or on the stage. The unabridged isn't an easy read as Hugo had a tendency to go off on tangents and the reader is expected to undersand some of the french references from that time period. However, the story itself is incredibly powerful. Everyone should read it at some point in their life if they want to consider themselves well read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Read fast!

    Im 11 and this is my apsolute favorite musical and i give the new movie 5 stars you should see that then read the book and compare the book and movie i did and it is pretty different!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Good book

    Must read book! If u only made it past a few pages pick it up again. Its dry in the beginning but gets much better!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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