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Les Miserables: Penguin Readers, Level 6

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  6,648 ratings  ·  260 reviews
Jean Valjean is free at last after nineteen years in prison. Cold and hungry, he is rejected by everyone he meets. But Jean’s life is changed forever when he discovers love. He spends the rest of his life helping people, like himself, who have been victims of poverty and social injustice – ‘les misérables’.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published June 3rd 2002 by Pearson ESL (first published January 1st 1857)
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K.D. Absolutely
Apr 26, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: GR-TFG 100 Favorite Books, 501 Must Read Books, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
My 81st book read this year and just a few times I gave a 4-star rating. Faultless. Bewildering. Truly engaging.

I have been thinking what lapse I could cite in this review but there is none. This cannot be outdated as this is a historical novel and its messages still resound even up to the present generation. This is what I like about classics: their deathless universal truths about being human. We sometimes think that we are different, being in a cyberspace age and all, so we have our own sets...more
Aku tidak bisa berhenti membaca buku ini !
Wow! Ceritanya bagus sekali, sampai aku tak cukup percaya diri untuk mereviewnya, takut tak dapat memberikan gambaran yang pas.
Ah, memang nampaknya kalian harus membacanya sendiri, agar tahu seperti apa jalinan kisahnya.

Entah kisah ini mengandung unsur kejadian nyata atau tidak, tetap saja, gambarannya begitu nyata, sehingga aku penasaran siapakah tokoh sesungguhnya ?

Les Miserables, jika kubuka kamusku, kudapati penjelasan untuk kata 'Miserable': pitiful...more
J'ai lu ce roman-epopee il y a pas mal d'annees. Je respecte l'ecriture de Victor Hugo, ecrivain magnifique de l'individu face a l'histoire, cette histoire magnifique qui se deroule sous les yeux.
C'est un roman de l' engagement du peuple dans une tumulte pour la justice, roman d'un reve de pauvre, comme egalement roman d'une revolution pour une justice sociale. Roman d'un melange de classes. Roman de l'innocence premiere corrompue dans la tumulte.
La revolution comme un decor, une passe lointain...more
Gean Rossi
Acabo de terminar el primer tomo de esta obra maestra.
No diré mucho ya que pasaría hasta un día entero haciendo una reseña de este libro.
Sin dudas es un libro increíble, Victor Hugo nos mete en una atmósfera llena de amor, pobreza, trabajo, emociones, y sobre todo de miseria, con cientos de personajes que llegamos a conocer como a nuestra familia.
Si pudiera le pondría cien estrellas a este libro! Ya haré una reseña más larga y completa para cuando termine el segundo tomo.
This is not an easy read. Thank God I purchased a Kindle to look up A LOT of words. Some were in French and were not in my Kindle. Some sections required slower, more in depth reading, thus it took me a while to finish this. <>
Les Mis is such an eloquently worded and captivating story. I struggled, as I am sure many have in some areas, and tried to just go slower. It is also tense and exciting, so that you tend to want to skip over some of those beautifully explained historical eve...more
Les Miserables adalah sebuah salah satu mahakaryanya penulis asal Prancis Victor Hugo yang menghantar dirinya menjadi salah seorang pengarang yang karyanya paling luas dibaca orang hingga kini dan kisahnya telah berkali-kali diadaptasi baik dalam bentuk drama, opera, film, dll.

Kisahnya sendiri menceritakan seorang mantan narapidana bernama Jean Valjean yang dihukum kerja paksa selama 19 tahun di sebuah kapal karena kedapatan mencuri sepotong roti karena lapar. Jean Valjean berkali-kali mencoba k...more
Having seen the musical once and listened to the soundtrack hundreds of times it was interesting to read the novel when you go into it knowing all the characters but only having a vague memory of the story. I'd put this book in that category of special and rare books I consider "life changing" in that I cannot stop thinking about it every day multiple times a day. In my head, I keep rolling around the morals vs. ethics themes in this book so well illustrated by Jean Valjean and Javert.

The pacing...more
I was so surprised about how much I enjoyed this book. It doesn't start off too well, with pages and pages of what feels like background story, but all of a sudden, it all makes sense and the story is well underway. To be honest, it does do this in other places, wanders off on a tangent that somehow gets you back to the tale eventually. And while this was slightly annoying, they were still worth reading as they illuminated the characters, the time and the author himself.

It is mainly about Jean...more
My Book Club read this fabulous book in January. Even though I choose the abridged version, the exquisite writing, the classic themes of redemption, love, revenge and forgiveness weave their stories throughout the book. No wonder this book has captivated the worlds of literature and music for so many years. Take the time to read it.
Michelle Isenhoff
This is not a book for the faint of heart. It took me scores of hours to read it, and that was with a good deal of skimming. Mr. Hugo has the old-fashioned habit of rabbit-trailing—often for five or six chapters at a time. As soon as he left the storyline, I started clicking my Kindle with the briefest scan of a page. He does a lot of name dropping, a good deal of drifting into politics and histories (particularly French history that I’m not well-versed in), and his commentary on related subject...more
Rachel Jackson
Les Miserables was one of those books that sat on my bookshelf for years untouched, not because I didn't want to read it, but because I was intimidated to. I had heard so much rumor about the book — or, more likely, about the musical and movie, since I doubt most of the people saying it have actually read the 1200+ page book. I even knew that author Victor Hugo himself wanted to publicize it and glorify it before its publication, hinting at its reputation as a classic masterpiece. Somehow, thoug...more
Michiyo 'jia' Fujiwara
pura-puranya jadi Anna Hathaway nangis-nangis dipojokkan abis pemotongan rambut panjangnya yang indahnya itu.. :”(


susahnya cari edisi Bentang yang iniiii....
ehemm..heemmm..mending nyanyi aja dulu dah..

i dreams a dream time go by.. and hope was high and life..worth living..
i dreamed that love would never die...
i dreamed that God would be forgiving..
but the Tigers come at night..
with their..voices soft as thunders..
i had a dream my life would be so defferent with this hell..i’m living..
so deffer
I had been avoiding to read this story because I was sure it would be too upset and sad to read. I wanted to read very quickly sad parts, so I finished to read it very quickly after all.

I realized why this story is loved for a long time by many people even though I read it in a simplified version. I was shocked by what happened to Javert in the end, I was frustrated by Marius, who doesn't know a whole story about Jean Valjean, and I was so happy when Thenardier the evil, I was so annoyed when he...more
Samantha Adrian
I read it on the recommendation of a high school teacher for a project and never looked back. I honestly didn't expect to like it. But the STORY. The CHARACTERS. Oh my god. It's just such a good portrayal of what happened. Not going to lie, it was heavy and hard to get through. I actually read an abridged version and it was still rather heavy. It's a monster of a book. But it also takes your soul and rips it into little itty bitty bit size pieces and then chews them up and feeds them to the poor...more
Camille Mccarthy
I really enjoyed this book. The writing was very clever and the story was engaging, even if the characters were a bit two-dimensional. Even though the story was serious it was also very humorous at times, I'm not sure if the author meant it to be like that but it made me laugh. The legal system seemed much too harsh in the early 1800's and it seems that the main point of the book was to judge people not by their past but by their present actions if they have atoned for their misdeeds of the pas...more
May 06, 2012 Catherine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
"Jean Valjean, my brother, you no longer belong to evil, but to good. It is your soul that I buy from you; I withdraw it from black thoughts and the spirit of perdition, and I give it to God." Vol. 1, Book First, Chapter XII

The power of grace.

I always knew I should read this classic work, but it always seemed overwhelming. I am ready for it now.
Katy Terberg
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I will continue to read Victor Hugo; I feel like a connect to his ideals and sympathies. I appreciate the historical perspective, and I love the characters, their moral dilemmas, they way that they move through their experiences/adventures/heartaches/tragedies. I plan to re-read significant (to me) issues when I am not in the excitement of the story. For example, Hugo's thoughts about the effect of abject poverty/the bottom of society on children who are never supported, and that situation which...more
I did a bad thing and saw the movie before I read the book, however it was interesting to see how they compare and as far as the main points of the book go they did well to cram it all into the movie! Anyway..

There were a few parts that seemed a chore to get through (and perhaps irrelevant to the rest of the story!), but it doesn't take away from the brilliant characters. I loved reading the backstory of the characters and how they connect with each other and once I got to the last half of the b...more
Sarah Twal
I finished it minutes ago ! Can't deny its an amazing classic by victor hugo .. The sophistication of events makes u fall further more into the novel
At the outset ,injustice was the only hero and its clearly seen through out the novel and what happened with fantine and cosette makes u think how pathetic their lives were that it couldn't be worse.
" That is how God balances things out.He watches us all from above and knows what he is doing among his splendid stars."
This quote struck me as I rea...more
Sara Uzaizat
I finished it minutes ago ! Can't deny its an amazing classic by victor hugo .. The sophistication of events makes u fall further more into the novel
At the outset ,injustice was the only hero and its clearly seen through out the novel and what happened with fantine and cosette makes u think how pathetic their lives were that it couldn't be worse.
" That is how God balances things out.He watches us all from above and knows what he is doing among his splendid stars."
This quote struck me as I read...more
This was awesome! Not what I usually read, but I loved it! Except why not put a name on the tombstone at the end!?
OMG this book isn't for the faint hearted, after seeing the musical and watching the film(I no I shouldn't watch the film before reading the book I'm sorry) I knew I was ready for the sad and the very sad parts, but few! I had finally finished the over 1200 worded book. Yes it is a big number but I assure you... The pages will fly through your fingertips. Victor Hugo really captures the trauma and misery of the French revalution, the type I read had a translation at the bottom of the pages to he...more
Jun 22, 2014 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults and teens
Recommended to Nicole by: my mom
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Cory Spencer
my fav book that ive read so far.
Anas Alhaisony

In 1815 twenty six years after the start of The French revaluation , a king is once again on the throne of France.Anyhow , this is the story of 24601.This is the number of a prisoner whose name is Jean Valjean. He spends 19 years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread.

Look down, look down
Don't look 'em in the eye
Look down, look down
you will always be a slave
Look down, look down,
You're here until you die

I stole a loaf of bread.
My sister's child was close to death
And we were starving.

Tulio Fernandez
Los Miserables no es una obra que ya le pertenezca a ese gigante de las letras que es Víctor Hugo, no es ni siquiera propiedad de su época o de las calles francesas donde se desarrolla su trama, esta historia relata la naturaleza de los hombres sin importar su patria o año por lo que su contenido es patrimonio de la humanidad.

Adaptada inumerables veces al teatro, el cine, la televisión, la animación e incluso hasta un videojuego de pelea (aquí la prueba:
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I first tried to read Les Misérables when I was around 8 or 9... I had a tendency to choose some rather long winded books then. I gave up around Volume 3, because Marius did not impress me at all... These days, I decided that I would actually finish it so that I could cross-compare the ending to the French TV series made on Les Misérables with Gérard Depardieux. Intellectual curiosity really...

As you can expect, I tracked down a French copy o...more
I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I purchased this first volume of Victor Hugo's famous work. My history, in all respects, has many voids; so my knowledge of European history near the time of the French Revoution was, let's say, severely lacking. I learned that if I wanted to have any more than a marginal understanding of this historical novel, I was going to have to do some serious homework. The problem became that as I was doing some of this 'serious homework,' I became distrac...more
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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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“She loved with so much passion as she loved with ignorance. She did not know whether it were good or evil, beneficent or dangerous, necessary or accidental, eternal or transitory, permitted or prohibited: she loved.” 66 likes
“And must I now begin to doubt - who never doubted all these years? My heart is stone, and still it trembles. The world I have known is lost in the shadows. Is he from heaven or from hell? And does he know, that granting me my life today, this man has killed me, even so.
- Javert”
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