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Hugo, Victor

Les Miserables (1862)

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One of the most impressive novels of the 19th century tells the story of the ex-convict Jean Valjean-unjustly imprisoned, baffled by destiny, and hounded by his nemesis, the magnificently realized, ambiguously malevolent police detective Javert. As Valjean struggles to redeem his past, we are thrust into the teeming underworld of Paris with all its poverty, ignorance, and suffering. Just as cruel tyranny threatens to extinguish the last vestiges of hope, rebellion sweeps over the land like wildfire, igniting a vast struggle for the democratic ideal in France.

A monumental classic dedicated to the oppressed, the underdog, the laborer, the rebel, the orphan, and the misunderstood, Les Misérables is a rich, emotional novel that captures nothing less than the entirety of life in nineteenth-century France.


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Robert (Wed Dec 15, 2010 13:07)

This book is true classic. One of the best novels I've ever read. I recommend to everyone.