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Manga Classics: Les Miserables
     

Manga Classics: Les Miserables

by Victor Hugo, TszMei Lee (Artist), Stacy King (Editor)
 

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  • Adapted for stage and screen, loved by millions, Victor Hugo's classic novel of love & tragedy during the French Revolution is reborn in this fantastic new manga edition! The gorgeous art of TseMei Lee brings to life the tragic stories of Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, and the beautiful Fantine, in this epic adaptation of Les Miserables!

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  • Adapted for stage and screen, loved by millions, Victor Hugo's classic novel of love & tragedy during the French Revolution is reborn in this fantastic new manga edition! The gorgeous art of TseMei Lee brings to life the tragic stories of Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, and the beautiful Fantine, in this epic adaptation of Les Miserables!

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VOYA, December 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 5) - Marissa Wolf
Appealing to manga readers and Les Miserables aficionados alike, Victor Hugo’s classic novel has been successfully adapted into manga format. Poverty, illness, and debt are the norm in France’s post-Napoleonic era. Spanning almost two decades, Les Miserables provides a window into the harsh struggles of everyday people. In the Manga Classics version, most attention is paid to Fantine, who is tragically forced to give up her only daughter, Cosette, and give everything she has to provide for her. The other central character is ex-convict Jean Valjean, who saves Cosette from the Thenardiers and raises her as his own child. Flashbacks are interwoven throughout the novel to shed light on Jean Valjean’s past. The second half of the book focuses on Cosette and Marius’s relationship, the rebellion in Paris, the confrontation with Javert, and Jean Valjean’s death. All major plot points and iconic scenes are included in the text and art, and both work seamlessly to tell the story. Lee’s shojo-style artwork is realistic yet cute and may prevent readers from being fully transported into France’s gritty, poverty-stricken society. The characters, for the most part, are instantly recognizable. It is clear that research has gone into making this adaptation. As with other manga, the story is read right to left and includes an afterword by the script adapter and artist. This book is recommended for libraries looking to enhance their manga collection with classics and where Les Miserables is popular. Reviewer: Marissa Wolf; Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
09/01/2014
Gr 8 Up—Les Misérables relates the tales of those who suffer the injustices and moral qualms of life. The manga primarily focuses on the love and struggles of Jean Valjean, Fantine, Cosette, and Marius, before and during the Paris Uprising. While some attractive art nicely expresses their plights and eventual ascent, certain design choices gives the atmosphere too pleasant a feel. A similarly upbeat style works much better for Pride and Prejudice, which takes full advantage of manga's characteristics. The flowery decorations, screentones, chibi form create a fun and charming tone for this love story and work of social commentary. When Elizabeth encounters Mr. Darcy, they hardly get along, yet slowly their original perceptions change. Sadly, much of their witty dialogue is condensed because of the limited space. King successfully refines these hefty texts down to their core elements. Although both have specific problems regarding characterization, the emotions remain true. Between a quick pace and the use of common English, these adaptations are a much easier format for the reluctant reader, and teens, to enjoy. A few minor issues hardly mar what are faithful translations of the originals, making both of these titles worthy of their esteemed names.—Rachel Forbes, Oakville Public Library, Ontario, Canada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781927925164
Publisher:
UDON Entertainment Corporation
Publication date:
08/19/2014
Series:
Manga Classics Series
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
221,947
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
15 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

"If a writer wrote merely for his time, I would have to break my pen and throw it away," the larger-than-life Victor Hugo once confessed. Indeed, this 19th-century French author's books — from the epic drama Les Misérables to the classic unrequited love story The Hunchback of Notre Dame — have spanned the ages, their themes of morality and redemption as applicable to our times as to his.

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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