Les Miserables

Les Miserables

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This book features many of the characters who are well-known: Valjean, the criminal trying to escape his reputation; Javert, the police agent trailing him; the unfortunate Fantine and her daughter, Cosette; the rascally Thenardier; and above all the splendid street urchin, Gavroche. Among the unforgettable descriptions are those of the Paris sewers, the battle of Waterloo and the fighting at the barricades during the July Revolution. There are few more complete, or more vivid, pictures of France at the beginning of the nineteenth century. "Les Miserables" is at once a thrilling narrative and a social document embracing a wider field than any other novel of its time. This edition is an abridgment of Norman Denny's translation.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 112 x 176 x 18mm | 140.62g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0140622918
  • 9780140622911
  • 52,466

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Victor Hugo (1802-85) was the most forceful, prolific and versatile French nineteenth-century novelist. He wrote Romantic costume dramas, many volumes of lyrical and satirical verse, political and other journalism, criticism and several novels.show more

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Classics are the books which survive time to become all-time favourites and form the cornerstones of literature. As a literature student, I found the abridged version a little disconnected, having not read the full version before. However, the budget book was a bonus for a student like me, who have no source of income besides from my parents. Penguin Popular Classics are a Godsend for students who are interested in classic literature, and promote the culture of read extensively. Back to the book itself, it was an entirely moving experience for me. I found myself moved by portrayals of the ugliness in poverty, the beauty in affluence. The book provides a surreal atmosphere of the French society at that period of time, and also the political state which it was in. It's an entrancing classic in all its entirety, and I will say without a doubt that if you're a lover of classics, do not miss this one for your life. This abridged version will move you, though the non-abridged version will be more complete.show more
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