Les Misérables - Macmillan Collector's Library (Hardback)
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Les Misérables - Macmillan Collector's Library (Hardback)

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Hardback 472 Pages
Published: 08/09/2016
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Adapted by the BBC in a lavish new television series for Christmas 2018, Les Misérables is a timeless story; a plot-driven epic of one man’s search for redemption and of lives swept up, made and broken in the tumultuous social and political changes of early nineteenth-century France.

It is nothing to die; it is dreadful not to live.

An epic portrait of crime, punishment, exile, justice, redemption, love, despair and high idealism, Les Misérables is justifiably regarded as one of the greatest novels of all time. At its heart are the reverberations rippling from the life of one man: Jean Valjean.

Imprisoned in the Bagne of Toulon for 19 years for the original crime of stealing a loaf of bread, Valjean emerges embittered; fuelled by rage at a broken system of justice. When the course of his life is changed by a single, unexpected act of faith and generosity he begins a life of escape and reparation. Yet as he attempts to forge a place in society Valjean is forever dogged by the pursuit of tenacious policeman Javert, who sees in the law only an immoveable and undeniable force to be obeyed at all costs.

Into their orbit are drawn a host of vivid and unforgettable characters; from the tragic victim Fantine and her daughter Cosette to the grasping and ruthless Thénardiers and Marius, a man driven by his father’s Napoleonic past into a battle of his own.

Like Dickens’s Great Expectations - published a year before Hugo’s masterpiece - Les Misérables delves deeply into the unseen connections between criminality and social inequality. Begun in Paris and completed when Hugo was himself living a 19-year-long exile in Guernsey, Les Misérables Moving from the Battle of Waterloo to the barricades of the June rebellion of 1832 and framed against the teeming streets of Paris’s suburbs, Hugo conjures an unforgettable portrait of a nation and a story whose themes continues to echo powerfully today.

This abridged version of Victor Hugo's masterpiece was published in 1915 with the aim to provide 'a unified story of the life and soul-struggles of Jean Valjean'.

Published as a gift edition with a new introduction by Paul Bailey.

Designed to appeal to the book lover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781909621497
Number of pages: 472
Weight: 256 g
Dimensions: 157 x 102 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Les Misérables is probably the best book ever written . . . it really is an incredible classic. - Dominic West, Metro

Les Misérables is a game with destiny: it dramatises the gap between the imperfections of human judgments, and the perfect patterns of the infinite - Adam Thirlwell, The Guardian

On the morning of April 4, 1862, part 1 of Les Misérables, called “Fantine,” was released simultaneously in Brussels, Paris, Saint Petersburg, London, Leipzig, and several other European cities. No book had ever had an international launch on this scale - Nina Martyris, The Paris Review

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“Les Miserables”

This is a surprisingly good read given that it was originally written in French and has been translated into English and given how long ago it was written. Hugo manages to capture every aspect of human life in this... More

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Erm ... I haven't read this book YET .. I just got it yesterday ... but I'm just reviewing the basic appearance of the book.
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