Les Misérables: Jean Valjean
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Les Misérables: Jean Valjean (Les Misérables #5)

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Soulevé, le peuple de Paris est symbolisé par les combattants de la barricade. Jean Valjean s'est vu confier la garde de l'inspecteur Javert, arrêté par les insurgés. Il feint de l'exécuter mais le libère, puis sauve Marius blessé en passant par les égouts...
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published August 20th 2001 by IndyPublish.com (first published January 1st 1986)
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Suzanne
This has been a really long book, mine was in 3 volumes. Well worth the read, but I did do some skimming through the strictly historical sections, that didn't seem to have any info about any of the characters in the novel. I wonder if one of the abridged versions would've been just as good and easier to read!

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p. "Youth is the smile of the future in the presence of an unknown quantity, which is itself. It is natural to it to be happy. It seems as if its very breath...more
Amélie
And that's why I love this book. The first few volumes were a bit slow, but from the moment you arrive to the main plot it becomes much easier to read. It's tragic, it's "grandiose", it's brilliant.

Hugo's style is simply magnificent. Maybe a tad too magnificent at times. And yes, he has a tendency to get lost in his digressions - usually when he says "I'm not going to talk about that (much)", it means "I'm going to talk about that for 10 pages". But you can skip them, and I remember actually lik...more
Isabel
Such a beautifully sad story that is brought to life by Victor Hugo's poetic narrative, with a sort of romantic mystique that is usually only found in French literature. Jean Valjean wins the heart of the reader without them even realizing it. The plot is a true masterpiece of how different characters eventually connect to tell a story about life, love, duty, and destiny (without leaving out the evils that afflict humankind).
Natalie
I'm so excited to have finally read all of Les Mis, and it was worth reading it all in French. Hugo is truly a master of the language, and his characters are so moving. I was fascinated by the history surrounding the story, and it really made me want to go back to Paris. There's far too much to say about this book, so I'll just finish by saying that it was an amazing read!
Ettobi cindy
I have never been so moved by a work of fiction. I love Hugo's way of sharing his point of view on so many of the world's problems by telling this beautiful story and by the creation of each of the characters. This is not a book written specifically for France or that specific time period. It is as relevant today as it was when he wrote it. The modern day reader(me)may become lost at times as Hugo goes off on any particular subject, alluding to events and individuals from European history not fa...more
Aj Dissimulé
haven't finished this -a nd I hate not finishing ANY BOOK but the author hijacked the story, using it as an arena for his political views and i got tired of wading through a huge section on the battle of Waterloo and a critique of Napoleon.

i do plan to get back to it.....
Bryce Lowry
I cannot describe how incredible this story is. It is more full of emotion and truth than almost any other piece of fiction I have ever read. Jean Valjean, the protagonist, is my hero. Read this book, and integrate what it has to offer into your life.
Nancy Pierson
Volume 5. Finally. Am reading the whole thing in French, and while it is long and wandering at times, Hugo is brilliant. Jean Valjean is truly a hero, humble, honorable against all odds. I vow to finish it!
Jim Aker
This was a fine abridged copy of that eternity that is Victor Hugo's opus. If you don't have the time or the determination to take on the novel in its original 1100+ pages, this version is a fine substitute.
Galya
oh how much i will miss all the facepalms and all the discussions about how stupid everyone is!!1
that freaking book took out 10 months of my life but at least it brought me a steak XD
Andrea Wall
i read this is Grade Eight and surprisingly didn't hate it. Usually when I'm forced to read a book and answer stupid questions I hate them.... but this was good.
Joy
I AM ENJOYING SO FAR:QUITE SURPRISED
Drianne
This is the best thing I've ever read, I think.
Wade
Les miserables by Victor Hugo (1951)
Eman Abulhassan
very beautiful story...
great book
Nicole Engard
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (1961)
marruman mc mahon
Marius can be such a dick.
Sabrina
No.
Why Jean Valjean?
WHY?!
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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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“The death agony of the barricade was about to begin.

For, since the preceding evening, the two rows of houses in the Rue de la Chanvrerie had become two walls; ferocious walls, doors closed, windows closed, shutters closed.

A house is an escarpment, a door is a refusal, a facade is a wall. This wall hears, sees and will not. It might open and save you. No. This wall is a judge. It gazes at you and condemns you. What dismal things are closed houses.”
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“Les philosophes disent: Modérez vos joies. Moi je dis: Lâchez-leur la bride, à vos joies. Soyez épris comme des diables. Soyez enragés.” 1 likes
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