If you are like me and have wanted to read this Very Important Book but have been scared off by its behemoth size then you are in luck. This version, offered by Barbour Publishing s Shiloh Run Press, is not only condensed but translated especially for today's American reader. However, that does not mean that the book will be an easy read, just easier than previous editions.
Skip the movie and read the book. Its not necessarily an easy read but how many truly wonderful and exceptional things in life are easy? You get what you put into things and Les Miserables pays you back in spades.--Darian Burns"Darian Burns Blog" (01/10/2014)"
Do you ever come across a book that seems like everyone but you has read? It's received rave reviews and you half-heartedly add it to the to-read list but you don't consider it high priority. You'll get around to it...eventually. Well that's the way I have felt about Les Miserables. And to be honest, when I see the majority going googly-eyed over a book I tend to avoid it as it usually isn't my cup of tea. However when the opportunity presented itself to read this French classic in the form of an abridged edition I jumped at the chance. And I have no regrets. While there was no doubt a good deal that I missed out on I found this modern edition of a timeless story very well done. Very few classics I come across fall under the "page-turner" category but in my own humble opinion Les Miserables was excellent. It reveals the triumphs and fall of mankind and how one decision can set into motion a whole series of incidents that have both positive and negative effects.--J. Burdette"Reet Champion Book Reviews" (03/13/2014)"
About the Author
The son of a high officer in Napoleon's army, Victor Hugo (1802-85) spent his childhood against a background of military life in Elba, Corsica, Naples, and Madrid. After the Napoleonic defeat, the Hugo family settled in straitened circumstances in Paris, where, at the age of fifteen, Victor Hugo commenced his literary career with a poem submitted to a contest sponsored by the Academie Francaise. Twenty-four years later, Hugo was elected to the Academie, having helped revolutionize French literature with his poems, plays, and novels. Entering politics, he won a seat in the National Assembly in 1848; but in 1851, he was forced to flee the country because of his opposition to Louis-Napoleon. In exile on the Isle of Guernsey, he became a symbol of French resistance to tyranny; upon his return to Paris after the Revolution of 1870, he was greeted as a national hero. He continued to serve in public life and to write with unabated vigor until his death. He was buried in the Pantheon with every honor the French nation could bestow.