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Les Miserables (Movie Tie-In)
     

Les Miserables (Movie Tie-In)

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by Victor Hugo, Norman Denny
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
As part of the "Bullseye Step into Classics" series, this book offers young readers a simplified version of the classic tale of the haunted and hunted man relentlessly pursued by the unforgiving police inspector. The opening scenes of the story, depicting the desperate poverty that drives Jean Valjean to steal a loaf of bread and, after his release from prison, to treat his benefactor dishonestly, are passed over quickly in narrative form and don't engage the reader on an emotional level. However, once Jean Valjean rescues Cosette from a terrible life and takes her as his daughter, the story becomes more and more compelling. This version will hold the interest of young readers and it is to be hoped that, when they are a few years older, they will search out the original masterpiece and become immersed in the drama of Jean Valjean, the hunted and Inspector Javert, the hunter. 1995, Random House, $3.99. Ages 9 to 12. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
Library Journal
Hugo's classic tale set against the backdrop of political upheaval in 19th-century France retains its timeless appeal in this notably condensed rendition of the struggles of former convict Jean Valjean. While the abridgment inevitably cuts many of the intricate subplots and minor characters who enrich Hugo's vast tome, this suspenseful central plot tracing Valjean's endeavor to emerge from desperate circumstances while being pursued by the duty-obsessed Inspector Javert remains intact and comprehensible to listeners. The principal characters retain their epic proportions, and the major themes of redemption through good works and the importance of authentic charity are undiminished. Narrator Michael York adds vigor and distinct characterizations to the broad cast of characters in this fittingly dramatic performance. Suitable for collections that do not already contain one of the many audio versions of this work (e.g., Audio Reviews, LJ 5/1/93).--Linda Bredengerd, Hanley Lib., Univ. of Pittsburgh, Bradford
Kirkus Reviews
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (40 pp.; Sept. 1997; 0-531- 30055-2): A storybook retelling of Hugo's classic of the lonely bellringer and his hopeless love for the beautiful gypsy girl, Esmerelda, whom he rescues from hanging and the evil archdeacon Dom Frollo and reunites with her mother. While remaining relatively faithful to the original, this version from Wynne- Jones (The Maestro, 1996, etc.) is always competent, but never compelling. Slavin creates lovely illustrations, but his pale washes leave even the most festive scenes sedate. The volume lacks power or emotion; adults seeking an alternative—any alternative—to the Disney film may find that this one hardly competes for the hearts and minds of the target audience.

From the Publisher
"Hugo's genius was for the creation of simple and recognizable myth. The huge success of Les Misérables as a didactic work on behalf of the poor and oppressed is due to his poetic and myth-enlarged view of human nature." —V. S. Pritchett

"It was Tolstoy who vindicated [Hugo's] early ambition by judging Les Misérables one of the world's great novels, if not the greatest… [His] ability to present the extremes of experience 'as they are' is, in the end, Hugo's great gift." —From the Introduction by Peter Washington

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101612774
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/31/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
1232
Sales rank:
369,210
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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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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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.

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 26, 1802
Date of Death:
May 22, 1885
Place of Birth:
Besançon, France
Place of Death:
Paris, France
Education:
Pension Cordier, Paris, 1815-18

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Les Miserables (Movie Tie-In Edition) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 127 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a major mystory. A curl up on the couch with my nook book.
db1945 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its very touching. You laugh you cry its awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Lit_Genius More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This should won a oscar it such sad story but i love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
GvDaisies More than 1 year ago
this book should be recommended in ninth grade to read as 1 is the classics
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book and movie
Maria Lourdes Fajardo More than 1 year ago
Great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE YOU, YOUNG COSETTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too long. Haven't gotten past the first few pages. Then I noticed it is over 1300 pages and went on to read something else. I will eventually go back to Les Mis, but not right now.
CherylSmitty More than 1 year ago
Les Miserables is a literary masterpiece. Anyone who enjoyed the movie should absolutely read the novel in order to get a closer look at the development of these tragic and endearing characters Victor Hugo has created. There are some rough patches--Hugo gives detailed accounts of the Battle of Waterloo, the history of convents, and the development of argot, among other things. These sections are informative, but lengthy. Regardless, this is one of the most exceptional and moving novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is amazing!!!!!!so is the movie. Im only 11 and ive watched the movie twice and i read the book once
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could be considered literature history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Victor Hugo amazingly captures the struggles of many French citizens surrounding the era of the French Revolution. Weaving insightful philosophy and incredible detail strategically through the book, Hugo creates a magnificent masterpiece of literature that brings us to the roots of passion, integrity, humility, honor and moral standard in human behavior. This work of art is one that shall forever be cherished as a classic beauty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm in the middle of an abridged version of this, and it is great so far. I loved the movie.
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