Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Les Misérables

Introducing one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjean—the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread—Les Misérables ranks among the greatest novels of all time. In it, Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a battle between good and evil, and carries them to the barricades during the uprising of 1832 with a breathtaking realism that is unsurpassed in modern prose. Within h...

Details Les Misérables

TitleLes Misérables
Release DateMar 3rd, 1987
PublisherSignet Classics
GenreClassics, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Literature

Reviews Les Misérables

  • Hippo dari Hongkong
    One of the "biggest" book I've ever read, and I remembered Mick Foley's "warning" about a big book."A big book is like a serious relationship; it requires a commitment. Not only that, but there's no guarantee that you will enjoy it, or that it will have a happy ending. Kind of like going out with a girl, having to spend time every day with her - with absolutely no guarantee of nailing her in the end. No thanks."Haha... Well, I took my chances rea...
  • Emily May
    Les Misérables can be translated from the French into "The Miserable Ones", "The Wretched", "The Poor Ones", "The Wretched Poor" or "The Victims". So, as you will have concluded, this is not a happy book.In fact, it is the very opposite of fluffy happiness. It is a story about the lowest and darkest parts of French society in the first half of the nineteenth century. Hugo takes the reader on a 1200+ page journey around France and into the lives ...
  • Aubrey
    Let's say that I could choose a single book with the guarantee that every man, woman, and child would read it. I would not choose my top three favorites, nor would I choose the one whose remnants are permanently inked upon me. I would choose this one. You argue, the length! The time period! The cultural barriers! It's just another long expounding by some old dead white guy whose type has suffocated literature for centuries! Women will be frustrat...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I'm in the minority unfortunately. I thought the book was okay. I was hoping it would blow my mind and be a favorite like The Count Of Monte Cristo, as I was afraid of that book too, but alas, it was not =(I might as well put the ole spoilers tag up on here! Oh and even though Jean's name will be changed in the book, I'm sticking with Jean so I won't get all messed up! FANTINE 1)An Upright Man2) The Fall3) In The Year 18174) To Trust Is Sometimes...
  • Fabian
    I chose to read the hefty Victor Hugo classic for my thirtieth birthday, &, let me tell you, the experience was One Biiiig Bitch. I mean, why EVEN go to the 200 + year old text when the Broadway musical exists! THAT work of art exudes all beauty and majesty in one continuous song that unites the characters through time; ultimately giving us a true theme, or feeling of genuine victory over adversity. The plot, one gorgeous telenovela of a story, r...
  • Michael
    This will be another review-as-I-go!First, a thank you to Rachel for recommending the Fahnestock and MacAfee translation, which is wonderful so far!Next, a question: Why have I been so drawn lately to these 1,500 page 19th century behemoths? War and Peace, The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, and now this. Am I just a glutton for punishment? Or just showing off? I hope not. When I think about it, I think it has to do with the moral scope...
  • Lisa
    What makes a favourite book?In this case, I will have to say: one single character that broke my heart and shaped my idealism and stirred my anger: Gavroche Thénardier."Si l'on demandait à la grande et énorme ville : Qu'est-ce que c'est que cela ? elle répondrait : C'est mon petit." One of those street children that see and hear more during their childhood than most people ever experience, who carry pain and neglect with them on their daily a...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    873. Les Misérables, Victor HugoLes Misérables is a French historical novel by Victor Hugo, first published in 1862, that is considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. In the English-speaking world, the novel is usually referred to by its original French title. However, several alternatives have been used, including The Miserables, The Wretched, The Miserable Ones, The Poor Ones, The Wretched Poor, The Victims and The Dispossess...
  • María
    Jamás he leído nada igual. Ni lo haré. Ya sé que eso suena exagerado, pero sé perfectamente que no leeré nada tan bueno de nuevo. Los Miserables está a un nivel que solo Victor Hugo puede llegar a tocar.
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    I saw the movie version of this before reading it and I was utterly shook by the powerful nature of the story. When I read it I hoped for the same experience, instead I had one more powerful. In life there are few truly great men: there are few men that are truly and incorruptibly good. Jean Valjean is such a man; he is a paragon of goodliness: he is a superb character. At the beginning of the novel he sacrifices everything: he steals a loaf of b...
  • Nayra.Hassan
    هناك لحظات تكون فيها النفس جاثية على ركبتيها مهما كان وضع الجسد"وفي السجن تزداد مرارتك و يسود قلبك في كل انواع"السجن"التي نرتمي وراء قضبانها"باختيارنا"سيزداد ظلام ارواحنا فما بالك لو سجنت 19سنة لسرقتك رغيف خبز؟☆خير تعمل شر تلقى☆حسنا هذه احدى الكلا...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    873. Les Misérables, Victor HugoLes Misérables is a French historical novel by Victor Hugo, first published in 1862, that is considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. In the English-speaking world, the novel is usually referred to by its original French title. However, several alternatives have been used, including The Miserables, The Wretched, The Miserable Ones, The Poor Ones, The Wretched Poor, The Victims and The Dispossess...
  • فؤاد
    دو خدا، دو خداباورمقدمهاول: علی شریعتی در "سیمای محمد" می گوید تصویری که تورات از خدا ارائه می دهد با تصویری که انجیل از او ترسیم می کند، متفاوت است."یَهوَه" یهود، خدایی قهار است که بر فراز عرش نشسته، تخته سنگی غول پیکر بالای سر بنی اسرائیل نگه می دارد ...
  • Jonathan Terrington
    "We can only suppose that its new life as a musical - and what an appropriate fate for that most operatic novelist - will help to bring Les Misérables to the attention of a new generation of readers, reminding them perhaps that the abuses Hugo catalogues are still alive elsewhere, awaiting their own chroniclers in the brave new world of the twenty first century." - Peter Washington, IntroductionThere are few novels which one can consider true ma...
  • Petra X
    It is a couple of years since I read and reviewed this book. I asked a question in a spoiler, "How come Valjean never recognised Thénardier no matter how many times he met him?" And just now I had an ah-ha moment and realised it was because Victor Hugo himself might well have had prosopagnosia.How did I get to this? I reviewed Oliver Sacks' On the Move and made a point about his prosopagnosia, face blindness, I have it too. It just struck me tha...
  • Raya راية
    "إن الآثار الأدبية الإنسانية كالآثار المعمارية والفنية لا تزداد مع الأيام إلّا حُرمة ونفاسة بل وإشراقًا في بعض الأحيان. وإنما يتأكد هذا المعنى أكثر حين تكون القضايا التي يعالجها الأثر الخالد مطروحة، ما تزال، في بلادنا، سواء على الصعيد النظري أو ع...
  • Dana Ilie
    The experience of reading Les Miserables is akin to that of any lengthy novel. For hundreds of pages you’ll be hooked, dazzled, unable to put it down. Alt autor vinovat pentru pasiunea mea de a citi. Nu citesc pentru ca e la moda, ca sa par boema sau ca sa devin mai populara, citesc din pasiune , pentru ca imi plac lumile si povestile create de oameni talentati . Nu ma ascund de realitate in spatele unei cari, doar traiesc povestea alaturi de a...
  • Giannis
    «Δεν είναι τίποτα να πεθαίνεις. Είναι φριχτό να μη ζεις!»Δε θα ξεκινήσω με το κλασσικό «Θεέ μου γιατί δεν το είχα διαβάσει νωρίτερα», αλλά αντιθέτως θα πω πως νιώθω ευλογημένος που το διάβασα. Γιατί η ηλικία του αναγνώστη δεν έχει καμία σημασία. Αυ...
  • Duane
    I'm obsessed with everything Les Miserables. The novel, the musical, the movies, especially the latest adaptation of the musical. I actually saw the musical before I ever read the novel. It's musical score is second to none and yes I have been known to shed tears during the performance.The novel is epic, a timeless classic and described by some as "the greatest story ever told". I don't know about that but it is one of the most detailed and intri...
  • Matthew
    I dreamed a dream of reading this book - and I accomplished it! Surprisingly easy to read - even though it did take quite some time. Hugo does go off on quite a few tangents, but the whole experience was fantastic!
  • Jo
    This is the longest book I've ever read, and is, without a shadow of a doubt, the BEST book I've ever been privileged enough to read. I mean, WOW. Hugo had me smiling, laughing and most of the time crying, all in one chapter. This is in no way, a happy tale. Not in the slightest. The man certainly knows how to captivate the reader, and captivate, he did. The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbeli...
  • Elyse Walters
    I noticed a few friends currently reading this masterpiece. I read the unabridged version over 20 years ago. ( with a class )I enjoyed reading Goodreads member, Chrissie's process with this book and the many comments. Highly recommend reading her process, followed up by what others have to say. I was blessed reading this -with a class - and with my daughter who was only in the 8th grade at the time. Her brilliant literature teacher got each paren...
  • Corinne
    In my vacation, over the last two weeks, I visited the birthplace of Victor Hugo in Besançon, his home in Paris where his children were born, and his grave in Pantheon. I also read his “Les Miserables” again, that is 21 years after I read it for the first time in my High School in France, and I was surprised to see how differently I reacted to this book. Then I realized the book has not changed over these 21 years, but it’s me who has chan...
  • Camille Stein
    Cosette * by Émile Bayard - http://ow.ly/tWxbgMientras, a consecuencia de las leyes y de las costumbres, exista una condenación social que cree artificialmente infiernos en plena civilización, y enturbie con una fatalidad humana el destino, que es divino; mientras no se resuelvan los tres problemas del siglo: la degradación del hombre en el proletariado, la decadencia de la mujer por el hambre, la atrofia del niño por las tinieblas; mientras...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    There are many books that bring up morality and the meaning of "right" and "wrong", but none capture it as well as Les Misérables. This timeless classic needs to be remembered for as long as there are people on this earth.SIDE NOTE: What's your favourite film adaptation of this book? I personally prefer the 1998 version but both versions are very well-made. :)
  • Kirstine
    I don't believe I've ever been this ambivalent about a book. I don't remember having ever read anything that I loved and hate the way I do this. Okay, it got four stars, so maybe there are more loveable than loathsome parts, but still, thinking about it tugs my heart in both directions. When it's good it's excellent, and completely deserves 5 stars - more even. The descriptions of the moral complexities a man is faced with are spectacular and Jea...
  • Jason
    1466 pages!! And I've isolated the best single sentence in the whole book. It describes how you die in warfare:If anything is horrible, if there is a reality that surpasses our worst dreams, it is this: to live, to see the sun, to be in full possession of manly vigor, to have health and joy, to laugh heartily, to rush toward a glory that lures you on, to feel lungs that breathe, a heart that beats, a mind that thinks, to speak, to hope, to love; ...
  • Kim
    I put off tackling this novel for more years than I can remember. This was mostly because I wanted to read it in French and the length of the book daunted me somewhat. That, and the fact that every time I was in the local foreign language bookstore they didn’t seem to have all of the volumes. The fact that I was relying on a local bookstore rather than the Internet to obtain a book in French indicates how many years it’s been since I gave rea...
  • هالةْ أمين
    إنها من تلك اللحظات التي تغلق فيها آخر صفحة من الكتابوتبقى ذاهلا مشدوها مما فيه ..!في البداية كنت أقضي خمس ساعات متفرقة في القراءةفقط لكي أنتهي، ثم أصبحت أقضي الساعات نفسها وزيادةرغبة في الاستمتاع وملاحقة سير الأحداث..قالت لي إحداهن: أنصحك بألا تضي...