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!)
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ARGH WHAT DOES THIS MEAN????
This book well I couldn't bear to read it. It was boringly long, there were big words I had no idea what the meaning was it was hard to turn the page. I read it but hated it. DO NOT GET THIS BOOK UNLESS ARE OLDER THAN 12 IT'S VERY CONFUSING!!!!!!!!!!!!
I liked it a little.
Heart-rending masterpiece of human emotion. I was enthralled by the early 19th century observations of Paris and political history of the era.
I'm 10, and I watched the movie and wanted to read the book. It was long, not surprisingly. It was cool for a medieval time setting, coz I'm the silent type. 😑 First time I read a book this long... ANYWAY, 2 words: Amazingly cool.