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

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

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�The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only.�
? Victor Hugo, Les Mis�rables

Les Mis�rables (usually /le? ?m?z?'r??b/; French


�The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only.�
? Victor Hugo, Les Mis�rables

Les Mis�rables (usually /le? ?m?z?'r??b/; French pronunciation: [le mize?abl(?)]), is an 1862 French novel by author Victor Hugo that is widely considered one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century. The title is variously translated from the French as The Miserable, The Wretched, The Poor Ones, The Wretched Poor, or The Victims. Beginning in 1815 and culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion, the novel follows the lives and interactions of several characters, focusing on the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption.

Examining the nature of law and grace, the novel elaborates upon the history of France, architecture of Paris, politics, moral philosophy, antimonarchism, justice, religion, and the types and nature of romantic and familial love. The story is historical fiction because it contains factual and historic events.

Les Mis�rables is known to many through its numerous stage and screen adaptations, most notably the stage musical of the same name.


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Editorial Reviews

The Denver Post - Alison Lurie
"A magnificent story� marvelously captured in this new unabridged translation. A lively, dramatic, and wonderfully readable translation of one of the greatest 19th-century novels.�
�The Denver Post

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Meet the Author

Victor Hugo, in full Victor Marie Hugo (French pronunciation: [vikt?? ma?i ygo]; 26 February 1802 � 22 May 1885)

Victor Hugo is one of the most important French Romantic writers. The two most popular works of Hugo are �Les Miserables� and �The Hunchback of Notre Dame�, published in our literature collection.

Victor Hugo was born in Besan�on on February 26th, 1802. Hugo's father Joseph-L�opold-Sigisbert Hugo was an officer in Napoleon's army. Victor Hugo was raised by his mother Sophie Tr�buchet, after she separated from his father.

Between 1815 to 1818 Hugo was educated in the Pension Cordier School in Paris. At this age he began to write tragedies and poetry, and translated Virgil.

Hugo�s first collection of poems, "Odes Et Poesies Diverses" was published in 1822 and it gained its author a royal pension from king Louis XVIII. In 1823 Victor Hugo published his first novel "Han D'Islande", which appeared first anonymously.

At age of 20, Victor Hugo married Ad�le Foucher in 1822.

Hugo�s famous historical work �Notre-Dame de Paris� (�The Hunchback of Notre Dame�), published in 1831, confirmed his dominance amongst the Romantics and brought him an instant success.

In the 1830s Victor Hugo published numerous volumes of lyric poetry. His poetic style was rich, passionate and full of powerful rhythms and sounds.

In his later life Hugo became involved in politics as a supporter of the republican form of government. After three unsuccessful attempts, Hugo was elected in 1841 to the Acad�mie Francaise.

After Napol�on III's coup d'�tat in 1851, Hugo left France believing his life was in danger. Hugo remained in exile in the Channel Islands for 19 years, until the fall of Napol�on III in 1870. During this period of his life, he wrote one of his best works including Les Mis�rables (1862).
When he returned to France, the whole country hailed him as a national hero.

Hugo died in Paris on May 22, 1885 and more than two million people joined his funeral procession in Paris.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Lit_Genius More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book so much for the fact that it was challenging! I usually only read books that were "fun" or "enjoyable" for me, but this was the first real book that actually tested my mind! The wording in this book is totally different (probably because it was written by someone who is french), but it changes the way you think and understand what the story is about. I cannot even count how many new words I came across! It helped me practice my reading skills and enhanced my ability to think about and understand different types of writing. This book is not only for the challenge, it is also for the enjoyment. I honestly thought that I would not like it at all, but as I started to get into it, I was hooked. This author really goes into detail of all of the character's emotions, and various opinions about certain problems. It really makes you understand what the main characters are going through, and you almost feel that you are with them, feeling those same emotions. This book really shows the true meaning of love towards father and child. This author really opened my eyes to how the main character (Jean Valjean) will do anything to take care of her, and nothing more. It would be very easy for him to escape and go off by himself, but he truly respects the law, but also knows that she (Cosette) cannot live in the state she was first in, (being a slave). he therefore dedicates his life into taking care and raising her up until she can take care of herself, so then he can settle his deal with justice. I really admired this character, and loved all of the detailed feelings he had for this little girl, which truly touched my heart. I would defiantly recommend this book to people (around ages 15+) who want a challenging book, and are wanting to put their mind to the test. It is such an amazing book with challenging words and names that are hard to tell apart, but that was the fun of it for me! :)
ljortloff More than 1 year ago
For a nook book was a little disappointed to see the formatting so off. I can't see over half of the table of contents. There are some other issues at the beginning as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story but too long. Not entirely happy with the translation. This version best for students interested in picking it apart for discussion.
Zor-El More than 1 year ago
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.
DoeReid More than 1 year ago
If you have ever read Victor Hugo you should know he can be very wordy. While this wordiness often has little if anything to do with the story, he does help you understand the character's logic in making decisions. Les Mis is full of that kind of wordiness. Even though it makes the story longer and the reading sometimes a little boring, it is still beautifully written. The book is in excess of 1200 pages but it gives you bragging rights as an avid reader. I have read War And Peace AND Les Mis. Many modern authors have gotten wordy. In Stephen King's Dark Tower series, I believe he got wordy but it didn't have the same relevance as Hugo's so, many with which I have spoken stopped reading the series. I found the book to be a wonderful story of love and inner personal conflict. This conflict does exist in each of us even though we sometimes hate to admit it. These charachters had this conflict and , like us, it affected the decisions they made. The story is rich in history and personal conflict. I found it a pleasure to read and recommend it for everyone.
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I loved doing the musical when I was in high school... I was Cosette. I love all of the versions of this book but this has to be by far my favorite. The formatting was, yes a bit off, but it was still enjoyable!
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Is this the unabridged brick?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
B&N has a tendency to lump all reviews of the same title together, regardless of edition. This review applies to the Nook edition, unabridged, with illustrations. In some regards, Victor Hugo is an acquired taste. This was my second experience with a Hugo novel, the first being "Notre Dame de Paris." Newcomers to Hugo should know that it's OK to wonder, as you are working your way through his novels, "Where is he going with this?" With "Notre Dame," (AKA "The Hunchback..."), you only learn towards the very end why he took you along parallel paths through the history of the church and the basic story, and then it all makes perfect sense, and you couldn't imagine the story being told any other way. With "Les Miserables," Hugo does it again. You may be tempted to wonder why he goes into such minutiae about people's history and emotions and, without broaching spoiler alerts, as you get to pivotal moments in the book's final chapters, it becomes perfectly understandable (or it did to me, anyway), why he chose that approach. I cannot imagine reading any other version than the unabridged, although I have promised myself to do so sometime in the future. Hugo inspires a genuine, personal bond with the characters he wants you to, and fear, revulsion, and pity with their antagonists as well. No, you have not had the same experience with seeing a Broadway musical, or the movie versions. This is the real deal, and you will be a much better version for having read it cover-to-cover.
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Les Miserables has been among my favorites since I read it in middle school back in 1994. As soom as I finished, which didnt take long since I couldn't put it down, I looked into finding copies of the old black & white french version if the movie, copies of it presented in London & everything elsebI could get my hands on. Nothing is as good as coming back and rereading this heart-felt novel. Every time I read it still feels like the first time. I get so drawn in I become part of the novel. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys reading!
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It goes slow at the beginning but just kep reading it gets better! It's actually really touching.
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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!
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