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Les Misérables (Illustrated) by [Hugo, Victor]
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Les Misérables (Illustrated) Kindle Edition

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Length: 765 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"Hugo's genius was for the creation of simple and recognizable myth. The huge success of "Les Miserables "as a didactic work on behalf of the poor and oppressed is due to his poetic and myth-enlarged view of human nature." V. S. Pritchett

"It was Tolstoy who vindicated [Hugo's] early ambition by judging "Les Miserables "one of the world's great novels, if not the greatest [His] ability to present the extremes of experience 'as they are' is, in the end, Hugo's great gift." From the Introduction by Peter Washington"

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: 7721 KB
  • Print Length: 765 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481877763
  • 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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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 114 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #302,081 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Leather Bound
Absolutely stunning. Beautiful red leather, with bronze highlights on the front, and gold pages. Obviously the book itself is a fantastic piece of literature, and with this copy the cover finally matches with the quality of the content.
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I read this last year and it took me a while to get through. As many have mentioned, a VERY lengthy book with some (possibly) unnecessary discriptions but I actuallly loved this book (if it was not for the length which almost destroyed me, I would have given 5 stars!) It really is worth the read, and I do feel that the length of the story makes you empathise with the journey of Jean Valjean and his struggles. Its a moving story which takes you through the lives of many that interwine and grow together.
I am really glad I stuck with it as it really is a beatiful, timeless story that brings out genuine emotion. Although I can be taken over but characters and feel real emotion, this is (so far) the only book to have made me shed real tears - not from the joy of completing but the conclusion of Jean Valjean's story and the love in this book. I did not even realise I was crying until I was asked if I was ok, that is how engrossed I was with the words.
Dedication and persistance are needed but it is a wonderful journey that I only regret not doing sooner.
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wonderful book arrived safe and well packed i am delighted with this purchase such great quality would buy again from this company.Bought this book to add to my collection which are all leather bound this one is fantastic .
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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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...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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By R D on 13 Jun. 2013
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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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