Jean Valjean spent nineteen years in prison — five for stealing bread, fourteen for trying to escape. Valjean tries to make a new life for himself, but he cannot escape the stigma of his past, nor the oppressive watch of the cold-hearted Inspector Javert.
Fantine is a working class woman barely scraping together enough for herself and her young daughter Cosette. Both mother and daughter are exploited by the greedy innkeeper Thénardiers, who keeps demanding more and more money. Fantine’s health begins to deteriorate, and in her desperation she begins to consider prostitution.
These are but two of the unfortunate souls from Victor Hugo’s massive novel about rebellion, redemption, authority, romance, and justice. Les Misérables is a rich, complex, profound, and heart-breaking work of historical fiction, and one of the greatest novels of all time.
This includes all five volumes, as well as illustrations by Émile Bayard. Also, many of the more poetic passages are preserved in the original French, side-by-side with an English translation. (Can't do that on Kindle!)
Les Misérables ( lay MIZ-ə-RAH-bəl, -blə, French: [le mizeʁabl(ə)]) is a French historical novel by Victor Hugo, first published in 1862, that is considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. In the English-speaking world, the novel is usually referred to by its original French title. However, several alternatives have been used, including The Miserables, The Wretched, The Miserable Ones, The Poor Ones, The Wretched Poor, The Victims and The Dispossessed. Beginning in 1815 and culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris, the novel follows the lives and interactions of several characters, particularly 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, the architecture and urban design of Paris, politics, moral philosophy, antimonarchism, justice, religion, and the types and nature of romantic and familial love. Les Misérables has been popularized through numerous adaptations for film, television and the stage, including a musical...
It needs to be reformatted and have the text fixed. It should be more like the Signet Classic edition, March 1987 edition or later. It is a five star book. 15
Lés Miserables ( Or Le Mis) is an amazing story. The characters are very thoughtfully made, and the story is interesting. 10/10 would read again. 55
I read this book in fourth grade and loved it!! 55
Fully amazed with this incredible book how hard I wish the whole world could read this book 55
This is one of the must-thread books. The meaning that this book bears is so deep and humane. It is one of the book that after reading it will make you reflect and contemplate life. 55
This is the second time I've read the unabridged, and the translation in this ebook is just strange. I can't get past how they use "ejaculated" every five minutes during an argument for someone shouting. For being free it's better than lugging around a 1400 page book, but try a different translation. 35
This book is amazing! I am in love! I just love this!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 55
This book is so much more than a wonderful story. It has French history; philosophical theories from Victor Hugo; praise for Napoleon and the French Republic. It is by far the best book I have ever read! 55
After spending over ten months with Valjean and company in the undertaking of reading this great work, I can only say it was entirely worth it. It is truly a masterpiece, and one that must be experienced. It is free, so there is no reason not to download it. The translation was refreshingly literary. 55
Favorite book ever, definitely worth taking the time to read. 55