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  • Paperback: 1376 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics (5 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099529963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099529965
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 5.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There are plenty of translations of this extensive, exuberant novel that cut out anything superfluous. But God is in the detail, and Julie Rose has returned all the detail, making a language that is rich and gorgeous. This is the one to read... and if you are flying, just carry it under your arm as you board, or better still, rebook your holiday and go by train, slowly, page by page..." (Jeanette Winterson The Times)

"This new translation...marvelously removes the yellowed varnish from Hugo's prose and gives us the racy, breathless, and passionate intelligence of the original" (Adam Gopnik)

"One of the finest French Romantic writers" (Guardian)

"I sobbed and wailed and thought (books) were the greatest things" (Susan Sontag)

"Les Miserables by Victor Hugo changed my life. The first time I read the book was when I was less than eight years old. I could only understand the part about little Cosette, but that chapter really got me" (Xinran Financial Times)

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'Still grips the reader with its epic-narrative sweep and all-embracing humanitarianism' Douglas Kennedy, Sunday Times

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105 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Mark Davies on 29 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
Having seen several film versions, and the stage show, you could say I was already a fan of this story. However, I was always puzzled by the unexplained bits - how did Jean Valjean enter Paris over the city walls ? What exactly was the circumstance surrounding his initial arrest ? 19 Years for stealing a loaf was excessive even for pre-revolution France, and lots, lots more.
All of the detail and explanations are here.
The book is fascinating as it is a marvellous social history of France, but the author/translator has also provided references for each chapter which very helpfully inform the reader. You can read and enjoy the book without referring to these, but I found they enhanced the story.
As for Victor Hugo's tale itself, it is a masterpiece. The storytelling is exquisite, and it certainly reads as a modern tale, but the language is rich and well put together.
At over a 1,000 pages, this is no beachside escapist book - what it is, is a return to fantastic, richly woven storytelling, with a message about life, that hits you hard in the guts, and makes you sit up and want more.
It is compelling, wretched, miserable, heartening and uplifting by turns.
I defy any reader who is tired of the pap that often passes as literature today, not to be excited by this magnificent book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrewmac on 13 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is one of the world's great books. The story of convict Jean Valjean and his pursuit by the morally obsessive and iron-willed detective Javert is so compelling that it remains burned into the reader's mind long after the book is finished. Valjean undergoes so many trials of fate and endurance that he emerges as almost superhuman, though always sympathetic. The evil Thenardiers are also fascinating in a macabre way. There are weaknesses: the characters of Cosette and Marius are less vivid and the latter comes across as overly self-centred and immature.

And then there are the famous digressions. Often these break up the story and, with the best will in the world, I found I had to skip them or totally lose interest in the story. But some, such as the Battle of Waterloo, are worth reading in themselves - especially if you have time. Also, there are coincidences that seem so absurd - how is Javert so often in the area when Valjean reappears - as to be off-putting, but they are so skilfully contrived that they merge into the overall picture.

I first read the book when I was much younger and found then that it made a great impression. It made an equal impression this time, especially in the excellent new translation by Australian-based Julie Rose, who also contributes a delightful preface. The language is crystal clear, though some of the slang and colloquialisms are jarring and do not really fit the atmosphere of 19th century France. But this is a small point - such a monumental work has to include everything, as Hugo intended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
Simply one of the finest stories ever written. It is an epic book and an epic read, but ultimately hugely rewarding. You are taken on a breathtaking rollercoaster journey of fluctuating emotions. Most people will be familiar with the story from the various films, TV adaptions and and stage productions, but nothing prepares you for the magisterial sweep of the book itself. It is awe inspiring stuff. The book is worth buying alone simply for Hugo's magnificent description of the Paris sewers. Read it and you will see what I mean. Jean Valjean strides the book like a literary colossus. His self sacrifice and inherent goodness make him a man worth knowing. Who can fail to be moved by his Damascus road experience with the candlesticks. He strides into literary immortality together with that other great hearted literary creation Don Quixote.

What is there that can be said that has not already been said. Hugo was a genius, of that there is no doubt. This is his masterpiece left for the world. It is a book that must be read during our all to brief life on this beautiful blue planet. It transcends its own genre and achieves a rare form of greatness. It is not the abode of mere mortals, but some Elysium where the Gods of literature sit. Should be compulsory reading for everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 July 2001
Format: Paperback
victor hugo's MASTERPIECE, that inspired (among others) a sucsseful musical, dozens of movie adaptations and more, is definetly one of the greatest books in history. i cried when i finished reading this book, beacause of not only the amazing book i just read and the amazing end, but also about the fact that there is no more to read about jean-valjean, cossete, fantine, eponine, thenardier, javert, marius and the many other charecters. the book portrais not only charecters but a time- a dark time in human history when there were the rich and the poor. the time after the french war- when the truth and freedom burst in the people's face. this is #1 in my list! i'm sure it'll be yours too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By travelswithadiplomat on 12 Feb. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I spotted this in a Kinokuniya in Bangkok and it has made me put my entire reading life on hold whilst I savoured it.
Julie Rose's translation is rich, Adam Gopnik's introduction brief and accurate. The latter claims that Hugo is "the conscience of a nation"; the former proves it with a mellifluous style that will profoundly impact any reader.
This is a book everyone should read. Those who have only seen the musical or the film cannot truly hope to understand the depth of literary skill of Hugo, to comprehend that "Les Miserables" is not just the story of Jean Valjean, Fantine and Cosette but encompasses every village, every town, every city, indeed is a sobriquet for the whole moral compass of an entire nation.
I cannot speak highly enough of this novel. It is a top ten entry on "50 books you should read before you die" because it will influence your perspective on many things.
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