Les Miserables is an unforgettable 19th century masterpiece of French literature by Victor Hugo, which was first published in 1862. Les Miserables (or "the Miserable Ones") is a story filled with adventure, love, crime, punishment, and redemption. It features such moving and memorable characters as heroic ex-convict Jean Valjean, the undaunted police detective Javert, the tragic prostitute Fantine and her young, innocent daughter, Cosette.
This epic novel moves from the French provinces to the dark alleys of Paris, from the battlefield of Waterloo to the ramparts of Paris during the revolt of 1832. Though each chapter is relatively short - a few pages or so - the book is pretty massive at 1,400 in English (unabridged), 1900 pages in French, and 6300 in iPhone. In addition to the storyline, Hugo fits in his thoughts on religion, politics, society and his famous retelling of the Battle of Waterloo. Therefor this book is not a quick or light read, and one might wait until they're in a full body cast to read this via smart device. Either way it is a magnificent piece of historical fiction to be savored.
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November 18, 2015
Audio even better as French pronounciations.
June 23, 2014
Unforgettable! Victor Hugo is brilliant.
March 19, 2014
December 31, 2013
Easily one of the best ever written. It is too bad that hollywood has ruined much of the story.
October 04, 2013
It was a brilliant book and only 12 and dont like reading but i counldnt put my ipad down when i read the first page
August 19, 2013
Victor Hugo brings to life a number of exceptional characters to brilliantly portray mid 19th century life experiences of various layers of French society. Interwoven in this masterful portrait were heart rendering scenes that focused on themes such as poverty, religion, truth, forgiveness, love and redemption played out against a backdrop of social injustice, unfair laws and human resourcefulness. I enjoyed reading this classic.
April 16, 2013
I can't say "no" to this book especially because this book has never failed or ceased to amaze me every time I'm reading it. Victor Hugo is indeed an amazing author and my favorite of all time.
April 12, 2013
Still is my favorite book for all time.
April 07, 2013
Viva la revalotion
March 12, 2013
A sad and nice story enjoyed it a lot
February 05, 2013
I saw the musical of it and it compelled me to read he book. Womderful choice.
January 21, 2013
One cannot simply read this book without crying at times. It is that powerful. Definitely changed my life
January 07, 2013
This book is an act of conscience about acts of consciences.
December 30, 2012
I meant to give the book 5 stars! If you are not familair with the history of the french revolution then reading a breif synopsis would be useful to fully comprehend the meaning and depth of perspective this book offers. Many of the central themes justice, love, religion, unfair laws, mercy & redemption are timeless. I would argue that the above themes are brought to life & revealed to the reader as the story unfolds.
December 29, 2012
December 28, 2012
This was the first book I ever read at age 8 and it is a book that I have read many times more since that first time and it is a story that marked my life in many ways. I have not read a more divine story written on paper!
December 16, 2012
This is, of course one of the greatest books ever written. What is rated only two stars is the fact that this version of Les Miserables has whole paragraphs missing. In some places it leaves out parts so the story does not even make sense. Or example it might say, "And then the Bishop said: Chapter 7". Without saying what the bishop ever said. Very frustrating.
November 04, 2012
This is one of best book imhave read. After finishing Les Miserables, i couldnt read any other book. The effect of this sad story captured my heart for few month. I recomend this book to every one. I give it 5 star.
October 16, 2012
Great easy to use
October 11, 2012
Great read, the details are fantastic!
September 26, 2012
A classic book made of many books about life. The ugly, beautiful, miserably wonderful, truth.
September 18, 2012
Top 10 Story in NY Times Features.
September 14, 2012
This has become one of my favorite books ever. Les Miserables is a deep, tragic, beautiful, dark, shining, amazing novel. Highly recommended to anyone 13 and up.
September 04, 2012
Greatest book e
August 27, 2012
A wonderful world classic !
August 05, 2012
May 26, 2012
I love the digressions! It is an epic of truly grand proportions. Love, faith, grace, mercy, redemption, judgment intertwined with a treatise on revolution, liberty and justice. A sumptuous feast leaving one sated, yet eager for more.
February 29, 2012
This is a masterful novel. The only problem is that Victor Hugo digresses too much about irrelevant topics. It isn't much fun to read Hugo's opinion about prayer, or sewers, or slang (for three whole chapters!) when our heroes are in deep suspense. The story itself is absolutely wonderful, though.
Jordi Parés Roura
February 05, 2012
January 10, 2012
Read this novel at least three times...Love it. I think his best work!
August 12, 2011
One of the greats.