Les Miserables (Movie Tie-In)

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Now a major motion picure, adapted from the acclaimed Broadway musical, starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and Sacha Baron Cohen

Victor Hugo’s tale of injustice, heroism and love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict determined to put his criminal past behind him. But his attempts to become a respected member of the community are constantly put under threat: by his own conscience, when, owing to a case of mistaken ...

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Overview

Now a major motion picure, adapted from the acclaimed Broadway musical, starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and Sacha Baron Cohen

Victor Hugo’s tale of injustice, heroism and love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict determined to put his criminal past behind him. But his attempts to become a respected member of the community are constantly put under threat: by his own conscience, when, owing to a case of mistaken identity, another man is arrested in his place; and by the relentless investigations of the dogged policeman Javert. It is not simply for himself that Valjean must stay free, however, for he has sworn to protect the baby daughter of Fantine, driven to prostitution by poverty. A compelling and compassionate view of the victims of early nineteenth-century French society,Les Misérables is a novel on an epic scale, moving inexorably from the eve of the battle of Waterloo to the July Revolution of 1830.

This striking edition features the widely celebrated and eminently readable translation by Norman Denny.
 

Trying to forget his past and live an honest life, escaped convict Jean Valjean risks his freedom to take care of a motherless young girl during a period of political unrest in Paris.

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What People Are Saying

V. S. Pritchett
Hugo's genius was for the creation of simple and recognisable myth. The huge success of Les Miserables as a didactic work on behalf of the poor and oppressed is due to its poetic and myth-enlarged view of human nature... Hugo himself called this novel 'a religious work'; and it has indeed the necessary air of having been written by God in one of his more accessible and saleable moods.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143123590
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Pages: 1232
  • Sales rank: 333,558
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 2.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo (1802–1885) was the most forceful, prolific and versatile of French nineteenth-century writers. He wrote Romantic costume dramas, many volumes of lyrical and satirical verse, political and other journalism, criticism and several novels, the best known of which are Les Misérables (1862) and the youthful Notre Dame de Paris (1831). A royalist and conservative as a young man, Hugo later became a committed social democrat and during the Second Empire of Napoleon III was exiled from France, living in the Channel Islands. He returned to Paris in 1870 and remained a great public figure until his death: his body lay in state under the Arc de Triomphe before being buried in the Panthéon.

Norman Denny was educated at Radley College, and in Vienna and Paris. He has written a great many short stories under different names and several novels. Among his many translations are Prometheus: A Life of Balzac by Andre Maurois, My Life and Films by Jean Renoir, and The Future of Man by Teilhard de Chardin.

Biography

Novelist, poet, dramatist, essayist, politician, and leader of the French Romantic movement from 1830 on, Victor-Marie Hugo was born in Besançon, France, on February 26, 1802. Hugo's early childhood was turbulent: His father, Joseph-Léopold, traveled as a general in Napoléon Bonaparte's army, forcing the family to move frequently. Weary of this upheaval, Hugo's mother, Sophie, separated from her husband and settled in Paris. Victor's brilliance declared itself early in the form of illustrations, plays, and nationally recognized verse. Against his mother's wishes, the passionate young man fell in love and secretly became engaged to Adèle Foucher in 1819. Following the death of his mother, and self-supporting thanks to a royal pension granted for his first book of odes, Hugo wed Adèle in 1822.

In the 1820s and 1830s, Victor Hugo came into his own as a writer and figurehead of the new Romanticism, a movement that sought to liberate literature from its stultifying classical influences. His 1827 preface to the play Cromwell proclaimed a new aesthetic inspired by Shakespeare, based on the shock effects of juxtaposing the grotesque with the sublime. The great success of Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) confirmed Hugo's primacy among the Romantics.

By 1830 the Hugos had four children. Exhausted from her pregnancies and her husband's insatiable sexual demands, Adèle began to sleep alone, and soon fell in love with Hugo's best friend, the critic Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve. They began an affair. The Hugos stayed together as friends, and in 1833 Hugo met the actress Juliette Drouet, who would remain his primary mistress until her death 50 years later.

Personal tragedy pursued Hugo relentlessly. His jealous brother Eugène went permanently insane following Victor's wedding to Adèle. His daughter, Léopoldine, together with her unborn child and her devoted husband, died at 19 in a boating accident on the Seine. Hugo never fully recovered from this loss.

Political ups and downs ensued as well, following the shift of Hugo's early royalist sympathies toward liberalism during the late 1820s. He first held political office in 1843, and as he became more engaged in France's social troubles, he was elected to the Constitutional Assembly following the February Revolution of 1848. After Napoléon III's coup d'état in 1851, Hugo's open opposition created hostilities that ended in his flight abroad from the new government.

Declining at least two offers of amnesty -- which would have meant curtailing his opposition to the Empire -- Hugo remained in exile in the Channel Islands for 19 years, until the fall of Napoléon III in 1870. Meanwhile, the seclusion of the islands enabled Hugo to write some of his most famous verse as well as Les Misérables (1862). When he returned to Paris, the country hailed him as a hero. Hugo then weathered, within a brief period, the siege of Paris, the institutionalization of his daughter Adèle for insanity, and the death of his two sons. Despite this personal anguish, the aging author remained committed to political change. He became an internationally revered figure who helped to preserve and shape the Third Republic and democracy in France. Hugo's death on May 22, 1885, generated intense national mourning; more than two million people joined his funeral procession in Paris from the Arc de Triomphe to the Panthéon, where he was buried.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Good To Know

Hugo was seen by his fans as a grand, larger-than-life character -- and rumors spread that he could eat half an ox in one sitting, fast for three days, and then work without stopping for a week.

Hugo owned a pet cat named Gavroche -- the name of one of the primary characters in Les Misérables.

The longest sentence ever written in literature is in Les Misérables; depending on the translation, it consists of about 800 words.

When Hugo published Les Misérables, he was on holiday. After not hearing anything about its reception for a few days, Hugo sent a telegram to his publisher, reading, simply:

"?"

The complete reply from the publisher:

"!"

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    1. Also Known As:
      Victor-Marie Hugo
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 26, 1802
    2. Place of Birth:
      Besançon, France
    1. Date of Death:
      May 22, 1885
    2. Place of Death:
      Paris, France

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So long as there shall exist, by reason of law and custom, a social condemnation, which, in the face of civilisation, artificially creates hells on earth, and complicates a destiny that is divine, with human fatality; so long as the three problems of the age--the degradation of man by poverty, the ruin of woman by starvation, and the dwarfing of childhood by physical and spiritual night--are not yet solved; as long as, in certain regions, social asphyxia shall be possible; in other words, and from a yet more extended point of view, so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, books like this cannot be useless. Hauteville House, 1862.


1815, M. Charles Franois-Bienvenu Myriel was Bishop of D----. He was a man of seventy-five, and had occupied the bishopric of D---- since 1806. Although it in no manner concerns, even in the remotest degree, what we have to relate, it may not be useless, were it only for the sake of exactness in all things, to notice here the reports and gossip which had arisen on his account from the time of his arrival in the diocese.

Be it true or false, what is said about men often has as much influence upon their lives, and especially upon their destinies, as what they do.

M. Myriel was the son of a counsellor of the Parlement of Aix; of the rank given to the legal profession. His father, intending him to inherit his place, had contracted a marriage for him at the early age of eighteen or twenty, according to a widespread custom among parliamentary families. Charles Myriel, notwithstanding this marriage, had, it was said, been an object of much attention. His person was admirably moulded; although of slight figure, he was elegant andgraceful; all the earlier part of his life had been devoted to the world and to its pleasures. The revolution came, events crowded upon each other; the parliamentary families, decimated, hunted, and pursued, were soon dispersed. M. Charles Myriel, on the first outbreak of the revolution, emigrated to Italy. His wife died there of a lung complaint with which she had been long threatened. They had no children. What followed in the fate of M. Myriel? The decay of the old French society, the fall of his own family, the tragic sights of '93, still more fearful, perhaps, to the exiles who beheld them from afar, magnified by fright--did these arouse in him ideas of renunciation and of solitude? Was he, in the midst of one of the reveries or emotions which then consumed his life, suddenly attacked by one of those mysterious and terrible blows which sometimes overwhelm, by smiting to the heart, the man whom public disasters could not shake, by aiming at life or fortune? No one could have answered; all that was known was that when he returned from Italy he was a priest.

In 1804, M. Myriel was cure of B----(Brignolles). He was then an old man, and lived in the deepest seclusion.

Near the time of the coronation, a trifling matter of business belonging to his curacy--what it was, is not now known precisely--took him to Paris.

Among other personages of authority he went to Cardinal Fesch on behalf of his parishioners.

One day, when the emperor had come to visit his uncle, the worthy cure, who was waiting in the ante-room, happened to be on the way of his Majesty. Napoleon noticing that the old man looked at him with a certain curiousness, turned around and said brusquely:

'Who is this goodman who looks at me?'
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Im going to watch the movie again! Got the book as a Christmas p

    Im going to watch the movie again! Got the book as a Christmas present, and I am currently reading it. The book is just as amazing as the movie! I would rate the movie and book both 5 stars!

    28 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    I saw the movie and it was great!

    The movie was very cool, the story of it was very deep and at the end its very inspiring. I would recommend getting this book even though i haven't read it. It says that the book is tied into the movie so it should be about the same. The only difference is that there probably isnt any singing in the book so its probably just put into words.

    21 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    OH MY GOD!

    I am literally in love with this book! Its a classic and an extraordinary piece of literature. The movie was also the best film I've ever seen in my entire life.

    16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I went to go see the musical in chicago! It was touching, thrilling and a fast paced book! I really recomend this book!!! And its really affordable, affordable and good!?!?!!??!!!!!?!? Thats a really good deal *ViolinMangaChic3*

    16 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Adventerous

    It is a major mystory. A curl up on the couch with my nook book.

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    Sariel

    Loved.

    13 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2013

    Dont not buy this translation, get the unabridged version. Plu

    Dont not buy this translation, get the unabridged version. Plus all of these reviews are fraudulent. Look at the dates and of course they are all anoymous.

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    This was great

    I saw this movie the other day and loved it i cant wait to read this book!

    9 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2013

    My fiance and I saw the movie, yesterday. I cannot say enough ab

    My fiance and I saw the movie, yesterday. I cannot say enough about it. My emotions ran the gamut, from joy to sorrow and back to joy! Five stars barely touch my opinion. Now, I'm eager to read the book.

    8 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Fantastic

    Could be considered literature history.

    8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Needs to be more specific on child adaptation Needs to be more specific

    Don't waste your time with this book. Barnes and Noble needs to be more specific that this is an adaptation for children. I wanted to read the real Les Mis. Waste of money.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Amazing work!Interesting to see how little of the novel made the movie

    A great translation -sheer poetry page after page- but the editing leaves a lot to be desired. Example: the word "die" consistantly appears as "the" throughout. Many typos.
    Still an amazing read if you can wade through hundreds of pages of digressions -some interesting, some political pedantry.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Anonymous January,2013

    The book is amazing!!!!!!so is the movie. Im only 11 and ive watched the movie twice and i read the book once

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    BEST MOVIE EVER

    I AM 13 AND I AM OBSESSED! I CRIED WHEN MY FAV CHARACTER EPONINE DIED! SAMANTHA BARKS US FREAKING AWESOME AND DONT YOU FORGET IT. IT IS SO EMOTIONAL AND YOU ABSOLUTELY FALL IN LOVE WITH THE CHARACTERS. I WANT TO SEE IT OVER AND OVER UNTIL I GET SICK OF IT (WHICH WILL NEVER HAPPEN ANYWAY ;) ) I CANT REPEAT THIS MESSAGE ENOUGH JUST GO SEE IT!
    -FROSTY

    PS- YES I ALREADY POSTED A WHILE AGO BUT IT DELETED IT SO I DECIDED TO REPEAT MY THOUGHTS

    PPS- SHOTS OUT TO THE 12 YEAR OLD THAT REPLIED TO MY PREVIOUS MESSAGE! VIRTUAL HIGH FIVE TO YOU! YOU ROCK!

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Bring tissues

    Its very touching. You laugh you cry its awesome

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    see movie before reading book

    There are a lot of history lessons in the book. Not a fast reader. I'm glad that I saw the movie before reading the book, but I did enjoy it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Read the original not the movie tie in

    This movie tie in version was written to follow the movie which is based on the Broadway musical of the 80s which is based on the Victor Hugo novel written in French inthe 1800s. The original novel was not for children and is several hundred pages, a rather daunting but outstanding read. Hugo also wrote Hunchback of Notre Dame. Very often books are written to tie into a film and may be different and usually easier to read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    AMAZING MOVIE

    I cried at the movie.
    I cried at the soundtrack.

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    To is

    Yes i think this is apropreot for ages13 and up

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Oscar winner

    This should won a oscar it such sad story but i love it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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