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Les Miserables: Manga Classics
     

Les Miserables: Manga Classics

by Hugo, Crystal S. Chan (Adapted by), SunNeko Lee (Artist)
 

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Victor Hugo’s classic novel of love & tragedy during the French Revolution is reborn in this fantastic new manga adaptation by Crystal S. Chan! In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

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Victor Hugo’s classic novel of love & tragedy during the French Revolution is reborn in this fantastic new manga adaptation by Crystal S. Chan! In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever. “Les Miz” has been adapted for stage and screen, and loved around the world by millions of readers. The gorgeous art of SunNeko Lee brings to life the tragic stories of Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, and the beautiful Fantine, in this epic Manga Classics production of Les Miserables!

Editorial Reviews

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
From the Publisher
" By adapting Les Miserables to manga form, it opens the original story up to even more readers while remaining true to the heart of Victor Hugo’s novel with the complexities of right and wrong, justice, and human nature. " - GetGraphic.org

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781927925157
Publisher:
UDON Entertainment Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2014
Series:
Manga Classics Series
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
413,344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
15 - 17 Years

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Selected for the Young Adult Library Service Association's 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens List.

Meet the Author

Victor Marie Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

Crystal S. Chan is an award-winning author and television screen play writer. She holds a degree in language and literature. Crystal is a huge fan of authors such as Jane Austen and she is equally passionate about Sailor Moon. Her passion for classic literature combined with her love of the comics medium allows her to strike a solid balance between preserving the depth of the original content while adapting the language for a younger generation.

Sunneko Lee is a talented artist who works in two worlds: comics, and animation. At an early age she made her professional debut as a comic strip artist before moving to character design and story board artist. Sunneko work for the Manga Classics project allows her to celebrate her passion for the comic arts. Lee’s artist alias, Sunneko, combines her love of cats and the warmth of the sun (Neko is cat in Japanese).

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