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Les Misérables: The Classic Story of the Triumph of Grace and Redemption, Adapted for Today's Reader (Reimann Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Victor Hugo , James Reimann
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Here’s the epic story that spawned Hollywood films and Broadway musicals—in a condensed and updated version perfect for the twenty-first century reader seeking its redemptive message. Born of the unrest that pervaded France after the failure of its eighteenth-century revolution, Les Misérables follows the journey of Jean Valjean from depravity and corruption to grace and redemption. The eclectic cast of characters accompanying Valjean causes us to empathize with the condition of the human spirit—from Fantine, the desperate single mother, to the cold justice of Javert, to the passion of Cosette, to the revolutionary spirit in Marius. This retelling of Hugo’s epic 1862 novel retains the richness that is Les Mis, in approximately one-fifth of the original wording.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1145 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1628368160
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (1 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I99H9NA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #499,876 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ENJOY THIS RETELLING OF VICTOR HUGO'S 1862 EPIC! 3 Mar. 2014
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Victor-Marie Hugo is one of the most versatile persons to have walked on earth. He was a poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights campaigner, and one of the most influential exponents of the Romantic movement in France. He has written a number of classics including The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

Les Misérables: The Classic Story of the Triumph of Grace and Redemption, Adapted for Today’s Reader by Victor Hugo , and edited by James Reimann is a retelling of one of his most famous works first published in 1862 which has virtually immortalized him. As amply made clear in the title, it has been adapted for today’s reader.

In the process of writing one of the greatest novels of all time, Victor Hugo has created one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjean. The writer par excellence crafted an incredible story taking the reader right into the Parisian underworld during the uprising of 1832 with an awe-inspiring pragmatism that is unrivaled in contemporary prose. Victor Hugo vividly painted a stunning battle between good and evil, portraying the sentiment and restlessness of the poor and disenfranchised of the new republic of France. In it he focuses his attention on the plight of the escaped offender Jean Valjean who was imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, and the determinations of the persistent policeman out to recapture him.

It is a gripping and engaging story that brings to full circle the truism “desperate times call for desperate measures.” It is a sharp and stark portrayal of the pathetic and wretched condition of the common man in France during the period.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 5 Dec. 2014
By Adie
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Better than the film. This is extremely well written and tells the story in great detail. A good classic read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ENJOY THIS RETELLING OF VICTOR HUGO'S EPIC 1862 NOVEL! 1 Mar. 2014
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Victor-Marie Hugo is one of the most versatile persons to have walked on earth. He was a poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights campaigner, and one of the most influential exponents of the Romantic movement in France. He has written a number of classics including The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

Les Misérables: The Classic Story of the Triumph of Grace and Redemption, Adapted for Today’s Reader by Victor Hugo , and edited by James Reimann is a retelling of one of his most famous works first published in 1862 which has virtually immortalized him. As amply made clear in the title, it has been adapted for today’s reader.

In the process of writing one of the greatest novels of all time, Victor Hugo has created one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjean. The writer par excellence crafted an incredible story taking the reader right into the Parisian underworld during the uprising of 1832 with an awe-inspiring pragmatism that is unrivaled in contemporary prose. Victor Hugo vividly painted a stunning battle between good and evil, portraying the sentiment and restlessness of the poor and disenfranchised of the new republic of France. In it he focuses his attention on the plight of the escaped offender Jean Valjean who was imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, and the determinations of the persistent policeman out to recapture him.

It is a gripping and engaging story that brings to full circle the truism “desperate times call for desperate measures.” It is a sharp and stark portrayal of the pathetic and wretched condition of the common man in France during the period. When the state is unable to meet even the basic needs of its citizens, hunger and poverty can drive even a noble and honorable peasant like Jean Valjean to resort to extreme measures, however unlawful it may be. Beautiful and sad, astounding yet poignant, amazing and simple, this gem of a novel has left a deep and profound impression on me since I first read it over two decades ago. Re-reading it now is like a journey back in time. It has demonstrated the power of literature in a way like no other book does. It is also a testimony to the fact that characters like Jean Valjean, Bishop Myriel and Enjolras have the power to encourage generations of readers to acts of selflessness and kindheartedness.

Enjoy this retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic 1862 in just one-fifth of the original wording!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Modern English Version 29 May 2014
By Kyle - Published on Amazon.com
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I really, really like the story of grace in Les Miserables. This modern English translation makes the novel accessible to a new generation.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good in bad, Bad in Good 21 May 2014
By Debbie Summerskill - Published on Amazon.com
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A classic, of course, but teaches again, there is good in all, a "bad " person can turn around and be a shining example of humbanity if we let them. The flip some people who think they are good in their benevolence can be bad when the getting gets tough when the way life as they see it is not up to their expectations. A good novel to be read by all, to learn to appreciate the progress we have made in our America, but how much more we need to go.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 9 May 2014
By D. B. - Published on Amazon.com
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I had never read the original, so I won't compare, but the adaptations for our time were well done and the story of redemption inspired me as it has others throughout the many years since it was written.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best edition of the best story every written in my ... 23 Feb. 2015
By MRT - Published on Amazon.com
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Best edition of the best story every written in my opinion. I would give it ten stars if I could.
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