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Les Misérables (Illustrated) [Kindle Edition]

Victor Hugo , ICU Publishing , Bob Hentons , Isabel Hapgood
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Jeanette Winterson, The Times

'God is in the detail, and Julie Rose has returned all the detail...rich and gorgeous. This is the one to read'

Adam Gopnik

'This translation...marvelously removes the yellowed varnish from Hugo's prose and gives us the racy, breathless, and passionate intelligence of the original'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6336 KB
  • Print Length: 962 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1420942905
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ICU Publishing (1 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HO64FA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,239 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Victor Hugo was born in Besançon in 1802, the youngest of three sons of an officer, who took his family with him from posting to posting, as far as Italy and Spain. Victor's prolific literary career began with publication of poems, a novel and a drama, Cromwell, the preface of which remains a major manifesto of French Romanticism. The riot occasioned at the first performance of his drama Hernani (1830) established him as a leading figure among the Romantics, and Notre-Dame (1831) added to his prestige at home and abroad. In exile in Brussels, Jersey and Guernsey he published some of his finest works. Only with Napoleon 111's defeat and replacement by the Third Republic did Hugo return, to be elected deputy, and later senator. His opposition to tyranny and continuing immense literary output established him as a national hero. When he died in 1885 he was honoured by interment in the Panthéon.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Les Mes is the best 23 May 2012
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So much more in depth than the show A great insight to the mthod of writing and what life could have been like in those napoleanic days.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it.., 14 Feb 2013
By Kate S
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Be under no illusion - this is seriously hard work. It's lengthy, and long winded. Several of the books that make up Les Miserables are pontificating and go on for quite a while. You will read for hours and very little will have happened, then all of a sudden, in the space of a few pages (perhaps a chapter) you find out almost the entire back story of certain characters. Then back to moments of nothing.
My only advice is to bite the bullet and get stuck in. Initially hard going, but if you persist, you will be rewarded. I'm a quick reader, and after 6 staright hours, seeing I was only 12% through I almost gave up. I honestly couldn't work out how someone had managed to pick out the story for the stage production I loved so much - I'd been reading for ages and nothing had happened! Yet all of a sudden, when Fantine is taken in by the Mayor, you won't be able to put this book down. I fell in love, I suddenly cared about the characters I thought I knew yet had not yet warmed to, and I wanted to know more.

Prepare for a book in the same vein and scale as War and Peace, get yourself into the mindset for a long journey, and you will love this book as I do now. It's a classic, and I strongly recommend you give it a shot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed with kindle set-up. 6 Feb 2013
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The scroll bar takes me from Book I to Book II, disregarding the chapters, so it's impossible to flick back to check something I read earlier because it would be too time-consuming to flick back page by page.
The story itself is long-winded as expected: the first several chapters describe the goodness of the Bishop of Digne, I've only just got to the part where Jean Valjean, released on parole, makes his appearance and is eventually given shelter and food by the saintly Bishop. I persevere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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...to steal a quote about Wagner. Other reviewers have pointed out how very long-winded this book is and how irrelevant a lot of its diversions, so I won't labour the point. A thorough understanding of 19th century French history is required for most of the political content, though once Hugo gets going with the action at the barricades during the 1832 insurgency, it is gripping stuff. As other reviewers here, I recommend the reader feels free to skip long sections that appear pointless, as they probably are. However, despite this injunction I must say I was really fascinated by the brief history of the Paris sewers, so some of the diversions are worthwhile! On the other hand, don't bother with the minute-by-minute account of the battle of waterloo or the history of French convents.
Like Dickens, Hugo relies too much on coincidence and sometimes the plot creaks a bit. He does a marvellous job with the characters though, not so much Marius and Cosette who seem to be stereotypes, but the poor inhabitants of Paris, the criminals, street urchins and revolutionaries.
Every now and then there is a flash of wonderful insight into human nature, and his burning sense of social injustice leaps from the page, just as with Dickens. His dialogue does not, however, get close to the quality of Dickens and the characters are not brought to life very well through their speech. This is not helped by some of the choices made by the translator (Isabel Hapgood, a 19th century translator). She obviously felt that it was important at times to show the reader that characters were using 'tu' rather than 'you', but her device - the archaic thee and thou, along with their associated hideous verb constructions ('thou wouldst') - irritated the hell out of me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No wonder it's a movie and a theatre production 22 Jun 2013
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Takes a few pages to get into the style of writing and very wordy though the detail he goes into and how you can identify the characters through his full profiling is excellent. The story is superb and i highly recommend persevering with the wordy sections as your knowledge and understanding of the period can only be enhanced while enjoying the tale of the alleged villain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars timeless 13 Jun 2013
By R D
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I probably would not have considered buying this if I had not seen and enjoyed the recent film. I chose one of the older translations, as i wanted to retain the 19th century feel of novel. Once I started reading, it was really difficult to put down. Alright some of the language can be archaic, such "hither" "thither" and "whither" instead of here, there and where. But an advantage with reading it on the Kindle is it enables you to access a definition of the word by pressing on it, which worked on most, but not all words.
The novel gives much greater depth and insight to the minor characters, such as Gavroche and the bishop, than the musical has time to portray.
The chapters where the story is diverted to describe historical aspects, such as the battle of Waterloo and the barricades served to demonstrate that France was a country in disarray, still recovering from revolution and warfare. Taking place between 1815 and 1833 it became apparent when reading, that Hugo, writing in 1862 was describing fairly recent history. Rather like modern writers writing about the Cold War.
I can now see why Les Mis is described as a masterpiece.

A comment I would make, is that the particular translation should be made more apparent in the description. I did some background research on the different translations and they appear to be very different. But the Amazon site does not make it simple to identify which translation was used in the different editions.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
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Je l'adore! C'est magnifique!
Published 1 month ago by Sandra Rimmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great story, great characters but could be a little hard going at times.
Published 1 month ago by Tim Headey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good
Published 2 months ago by Leon
3.0 out of 5 stars Have you got six months?
You've seen the film....you've visited the theatre...you've bought the DVD............only start reading the book if you have a spare six months! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Frank Hawley
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Much less intimidating on Kindle than the actual book. The story is wonderful. There are slow parts (regarding the role of slang and French political systems) but SO worth... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hannah101
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
A bit hard going in places (a lot of detail that I didn't think needed to be included), but otherwise a real pleasure to read. Read more
Published 8 months ago by utopia139
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Does what it says on the tin - miserable. Left me feeling depressed. Had the same reaction when seeing it at the theatre in London but hoped the DVD might be an improvement. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ann Allsop
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