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The Memoirs of Victor Hugo

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Large print edition, with easy-to-read text, of Victor Hugo's classic work.
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Published (first published 1899)
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Wendy Denham
Nov 30, 2012 Wendy Denham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a fan of Les Miserable I read the memoirs of the author and found it very engrossing. Ir explains the events of his life in depth. Well worth the time spent reading it.
Rachel Pollock
Jun 02, 2015 Rachel Pollock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as research for a novel i'm working on in which the Paris revolution of 1848 figures in peripherally, and Victor Hugo was there in the streets and wrote about it in a section of this book. So, i didn't read it for fun but i am glad that i did read it, and i wound up reading the whole thing even beyond the chapters i needed to for the research.

It's interesting to see how this collection was put together, in contrast with contemporary memoirs. The chapters are disparate, random, and th
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Emily Norwood
Feb 24, 2014 Emily Norwood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good way to get to know who Victor Hugo was as a person. This edition, however, isn't very well annotated, and as a result if you aren't intimately familiar with French history and the more or less obscure French politicians of the time, then you'll have to rely on Wikipedia to keep up with what's going on. Just a warning!
James
Sep 07, 2015 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating read but you really need to be up on your mid-1800s French political history.

Some of the book is just character sketches, edited and polished bits from his journal. But the majority of the book is about his participation in the legislative and parliamentary processes before the 1848 Republic, during the ascent of the Second Empire and the fall of the same, and the Franco Prussian war and siege of Paris.

If that interests you this is a first hand account. IF it doesn't, I'd g
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Velvetink
Jul 27, 2013 Velvetink marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Heather
Jan 17, 2014 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't care for the style of this memoir. It was very disjointed and every anecdote seemed to start in the middle. I read 20% of it and I consider myself done with it. It just didn't hook me.
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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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