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It has been said that Victor Hugo has a street named after him in virtually every town in France. A major reason for the singular celebrity of this most popular and versatile of the great French writers is Les Misérables (1862). In this story of the trials of the peasant Jean Valjean—a man unjustly imprisoned, baffled by destiny, and hounded by his nemesis, the magnificent ...more
Hardcover, Everyman's Library, 1480 pages
Published March 31st 1998 by Everyman's Library (first published 1862)
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Melody I've read the Norman Denny translation and to me he truly grasped the poetry and drama of Victor Hugo's writing. Hugo wan't just a novelist, he was a…moreI've read the Norman Denny translation and to me he truly grasped the poetry and drama of Victor Hugo's writing. Hugo wan't just a novelist, he was a poet and a playwright and Denny communicates that in his translation very well. As I was reading it I couldn't stop thinking, "Why do they teach Shakespeare when every single line of Hugo is this deep, poetic, profound truth?". Some have stated that the language he uses is less true to the French version, but I believe he captured the spirituality, and this other-worldly quality of the novel the best of all the translations.(less)
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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 reading this big book. I made my commitment, I spent
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Steve Sckenda
A middle-aged man who vowed to become a righteous man has sustained me with hope as I have read his story six times since 1982. Hugo demonstrates the power of literature to ennoble us through the suffering of characters who exemplify truths that cannot be taught by sermons or lectures. By falling in love with these characters, we are coaxed out of the apathy and dogmatism that harden our hearts to the less fortunate. Jean Valjean, Bishop Myriel, and Enjolras are my dear friends; they inspire me ...more
Emily May
Les Miserables 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, 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 of criminals, prostitutes, those wasting away under the str ...more
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 frustrated with poor representation, people who aren't whi ...more
نور محمود
قالت لي..صديقتّي

البؤساء نحن لسنا منهم...لكنهم جديرون بالقراءة..

بالتمعن!
بالابحار..
بإمكاننا إن نصنع من ذلك البؤس..

إبتسامة...
لاتنسى!

لاننا نريد...
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Hussam  yusuf
من اروع واقسي ما قرأت ... هل يوجد في الحياه اشخاص كشخصيه جان فالجان ؟! هل في هذه الحياه من هم بهذا النبل ؟ رجل يسجن لمده 19 عاما من اجل رغيف خبز سرقه لابناء شقيقته السبعه وبالرغم من هذا يتحول حنقه وغضبه علي المجتمع القاسي والجاحد الي نبل وكرم وحب وعطاء لكل محتاج وتسامح مع كل جاشع ونصاب ويكون كل همه في الحياه اسعاد كل من يقابله ومقابل هذا لايريد جزاءا ولا شكورا!! هل في هذه الدنيا من يفعل كل هذا مقابل لاشئ !! اكاد اجزم بأن مثل هذه الشخصيات غير موجوده الا في الكتب والروايات ولو امثال هؤلاء موجودن ف ...more
Jonathan

"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, Introduction

While I have a personal propensity towards giving my love easily to many various novels, there are few
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Miriam
This is without question one of the most beautifully written novels I've ever read. Jean Valjean is quite possibly the most complex and compelling character you will meet in a work of literature of this magnitude, and the lives and personalities of the secondary characters are interwoven into subplots that make it almost an easy thing to get through the 1400+ pages of this book. I read the novel after seeing -- and falling madly in love with -- the musical, and this is one of the rare cases in w ...more
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 reading the novel any serious thought.

The last two month
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Jason
Mar 29, 2010 Jason rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Speed readers; people who like to curl up to month-long books
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; to have mother, wife, children, to have sunlight,
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Mohammed Arabey
في عيد الحب قررت كتابة مقال إخترنا لك و إختيار سبعة أعمال أدبية و فنية عن توليفات من العشق من فرنسا
بالتأكيد أول ما سيخطر ببالك هو “كم سيكون هذا المقال تقليديا، لإنه عيد الحب وفرنسا مليئة بقصص العشق والهوي, ياللتقليدية !! ..لن ينقص المقال سوي موسيقي الفيلم الفرنسي رجل وامرأة الشهيرة”
بصراحة، إذا لم تخني الذاكرة فالموسيقي موجودة بالفعل بالمقال...ولكن أختياري اﻷول علي اﻷقل لم يكن تقليديا

بؤساء فيكتور هوجو، والتي سعدت لقراءة مقتطفات من ترجمتها العربية لحافظ إبراهيم، وبالطبع مشاهدة الفيلم الملحمي في 20
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Laz
Mar 06, 2015 Laz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone, really
“Teach the ignorant as much as you can; society is culpable in not providing a free education for all and it must answer for the night which it produces. If the soul is left in darkness sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.”


A literary masterpiece. This is truly one of the best books I've ever read and I'm glad I took my time with it. So many characters, so many stories woven into one; a powerful & soulful book.

Victor Hugo is w
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للتوّ انتهيت من قراءة هذه الرواية ، مضى زمن بعيد عن آخر مره قرأت فيها رواية .
اتذكر أن الروايات غالبيتها تطغى على قارئها بطابع ، أعتقد طابع الحزن دائمًا و دائمًا ما تجعل مزاجي سيء من شدّة تأثري بالأحداث .
هنا ستجد في ( البؤساء ) مضمون خلاف العنوان ، رواية مليئة بالتشويق و التفاؤل و المجاهدة من أجل العيش بسعادة ، هذه الرواية ليست من النوع الذي يسرد الاحداث حتى ينتهي من مُهمته في انتاج كتاب ! هو يسردها ويأخذ بك لزمن القصة مثلًا و تعيش كل لحظة مع كل كلمة في الرواية.
لن أخفي عليكم أنني في الفصول الاو
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Mahdi
Les Miserables 1998, Liam Neeson

مقدمه
اول: 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 و می گوید: "به خدایی من اقرار کنید!"
بزرگترین نمود یهوه، ده فرمانی است که بر موسی نازل می کند. خدای یهود، خدای شریعت است. قانون وضع می کند و قانون شکن را مجازات می کند و معروف ترین قانون او، این که "چشم در برابر چشم!"
"پدر آسمانی" مسیحیت، خدایی مهربان است. فرزندش را
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Tom
Jan 23, 2008 Tom rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who can read or listen to audio cd's or a combination of the two.
Most people are familiar with the story of Les Mis because of the theatrical version which is itself a masterpiece, but most people don't bother to read the book. I read the unabridged novel and consider it among the most influential books of my life. (If you decide to read the unabridged version be warned; it holds hundreds of boring pages dedicated to subjects not directly related to the plot--such as the history of the Paris sewer system, the rules of convents, and battlefield strategy.) Les ...more
Petra X
I loved this book. I was expecting something somewhere between Trollope's extraordinary writing and Zola's wonderful stories - and I got it! Great literature indeed, and what a character Jean Valjean is.

His story is almost biblical, one of redemption. One who travels the path from evil to good with scarcely a stumble but many an obstruction along the way. Hugo uses the book, much as Tolstoy liked to do, to expound his personal philosophy and also the condition of the peasants, les miserables.

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أحمد أبازيد Ahmad Abazed
إحدى أعظم إبداعات الرواية و الأدب عبر العالم و العصور , من لم يقرأ هذه الرواية فقد خصر خسرانا مبينا , , من الروايات القليلة التي تسكنك و تقيم فيك و تؤثّر بك حقّا , هي ورواية مثل " الإخوة كارامازوف " للعظيم دوستويفسكي في المستوى الأعلى نفسه من التعبير عن وجدان البشريّة و هواجسها , ذه الاعمال العظيمة ( لا بدّ أن نذكر هنا " الحرب و السلام " لتولستوي أيضا ) ممّا يحرم على قارئ أن يفوّتها ... قرأتُ هذه الرواية منذ زمن قديم و لا بدّ أن أرجع إليها قريبا .
Dottie
One of the best books written. Everyone can learn and benefit from Jean Valjean's experiences and the way he chooses to handle them. I found it interesting that both Les Mis and The Phantom were popular musical plays at the same time. I love both plays; they have parallels that are interesting. Both main characters have been ill treated by fellow humans. Eric/Phantom on the one hand turns to bitterness, darkness and evil, while Jean allows his experiences to make him into a saint as he chooses t ...more
هالةْ أمين
إنها من تلك اللحظات التي تغلق فيها آخر صفحة من الكتاب
وتبقى ذاهلا مشدوها مما فيه ..!
في البداية كنت أقضي خمس ساعات متفرقة في القراءة
فقط لكي أنتهي، ثم أصبحت أقضي الساعات نفسها وزيادة
رغبة في الاستمتاع وملاحقة سير الأحداث..
قالت لي إحداهن: أنصحك بألا تضيعي وقتك في قراءة مثل هذا الهراء
هذه الرواية لا تعدو أن تكون سوى مسلسل تركي تافه
بمجرد تصفحها لبضع صفحات قالت رأيها هذا ..
وبين همتي الضعيفة لقراءة رواية بهذا الحجم، وبين هذا الرأي
كنت أقرأ تحت الإكراه والجبرية نزولا عند رغبة صديقتي أحلام
التي منحتني هذين ال
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Huda Aweys
I love this novel and,I saw a lot of hope in it, in spite of everything :) !
Amir
کتاب رو چطور خوندم؟

پنج شش ماه پیش نسخهی صوتی این کتاب رو دانلود کرده بودم و شبهایی که بیخواب میشدم و میخواستم خوابم ببره به یک قسمتش گوش میدادم. برای منی که توی بیخوابیهام باید هزاران بار غلت بزنم تا خوابم ببره معجزه میکرد. داستان اونقدر شیرین و صدای راوی اونقدر دلنشین بود که کم کم کلمهها معنی خودشون رو از دست میدادن و هنوز نیم ساعت نشده خیلی راحت خوابم میبرد
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چطور کتابی خوندم؟

کم و بیش همهمون از زندگی و زمانهی دختر بینوای داستان و ژان والژان باخبر هستیم. اما کتاب پر هست از روابط دونفرهی جالبی که
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David
Oh. Hugo. Damn you are wordy!

I mean, Charles Dickens can go on, but read Victor Hugo and you will come to appreciate Chuck's brevity.


Such being the case, and a convent having happened to be on our road, it has been our duty to enter it. Why? Because the convent, which is common to the Orient as well as to the Occident, to antiquity as well as to modern times, to paganism, to Buddhism, to Mahometanism, as well as to Christianity, is one of the optical apparatuses applied by man to the Infinite.

T
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David
What fascinating stories! Poor Fantine suffered greatly because of the poor choices she had made in life. She brought misery upon herself, but she has our pity. Jean Valjean was not an innocent man in the wrong place at the wrong time, like I assumed before reading the book. On the contrary, he was a depraved imbecile. He was the scum of the Earth, yet he found redemption. Fantine is the warning, Valjean is the hope. In giving all that he had and everything that he was for the benefit of someone ...more
Trish
Christine Donougher’s new translation is brilliant. That the novel is a classic, we knew. What Donougher does is make the work seem fluent to our eye and ear and as thrilling to us now as it must have been when it was published in 1862. The relevance of this story to our world cries out to us, and the simplicity of the language makes it accessible even to a schoolchild. The time it must have taken both the translator and the publisher (Penguin Classics) to complete this gorgeously-produced novel ...more
John
My favorite book.

I came to this book through a fairly twisted path. My brother was a huge fan of the musical. I enjoyed it and wanted to read the book it was based on. I couldn't do it. The unabridged version took so long to get to the parts I knew. Hugo's long explanations and histories left me lost. I wussed out and read the abridged edition.

When I had finished the abridged edition, I immediately turned around and read the unabridged edition. What a difference! What I had previously spurned a
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Lissa
The following is completely one hundred percent true.

In 2005 I was in the chorus of a school production of the musical based on this book. It was an abridged production and we had at least 50 children aged 12-18 (except they changed it to 19 to allow some older principal actors, for example the guy playing Javert, who funnily enough turned 20 on the final night).

I had one line as one of the factory bitches who bullied Fantine. "If Fantine doesn't look out watch how she goes - she'll be out on th
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Tim
This is one of my all-time favorite books. I love the richness of the story, the grandness and generosity of the sentiments, and the deep human insight. I find this old translation to be just lovely. I can open it to many a page and just read, like poetry, for the beauty of the language. But it is most worthwhile for the depth of humanity that Hugo shows. It's a crime to miss this book - you are among the miserable of the earth in a very different sense if you don't take the time to read it.

Anot
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Sergey
I can't say anything better than what the author himself said of this work:

"So long as there shall exist, by virtue of law and custom, decrees of damnation pronounced by society, artificially creating hells amid the civilization of earth, and adding the element of human fate to divine destiny; so long as the three great problems of the century – the degradation of man through pauperism, the corruption of woman through hunger, the crippling of children through lack of light – are unsolved; so lon
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Lynsie
Only the best book I have ever read. Period. This book has it all- action, mystery, romance, plot twists, but the most poignant attribute, in my eyes, is that of love. The character of Jean Valjean and the transformation he goes through in this book is one that inpsires and gives hope. Each character is so beautifully developed and described that you end up walking away from it loving even the "bad guys" because you understand them. I have heard criticism of Hugo's development of the characters ...more
Tabark Khaled
صحيح اني لم اقرأ روايات كثيرة و دوما كنت افضل ان اقرأ اي كتاب عن اقرأ رواية .. وكنت اصاب بالملل في اغلب الروايات واريدها ان تنتهي حتى لو كانت ذات صفحات قليلة ..لكن هذه المرة اتت مختلفة رغم طولها الا اني تمنيت الا تنتهي ؛ عشت بها جدا وتصورت الاحداث بكيت وفرحت وضحكت .. كأني معهم ؛ مليئة بالاحدات الى اخر صفحة وهذا ما يجعلها في قمة الاثارة والعاطفة مليئة بالاحداث الانسانية .. فعلا اني حزينة لانها انتهت !!
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Victor-Marie Hugo was a French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights campaigner, and perhaps the most influential exponent of the Romantic movement in France.
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