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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  609,588 ratings  ·  14,064 reviews
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 wit ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 1463 pages
Published March 3rd 1987 by Signet Classics (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)
Raya راية ترجمة منير البعلبكي، دار العلم للملايين

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Hippo dari Hongkong
Dec 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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
Emily May
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 of criminals, prostitutes, those wasting away under
Aug 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Human Beings
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
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!



1)An Upright Man
2) The Fall
3) In The Year 1817
4) To Trust Is Sometimes To Surrender
5) The Descent
6) Javert
7) The Champ
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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, replete with jailbreaks, insurrections, betraya ...more
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 and depth of the work and the way these books rea
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 adventures to survive in a hostile, careless environmen
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 bread knowing full well of the consequences. He ri
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 الكلاسيكيات العتيدة التي احقد عليها لانها"بوظت دماغي"..عندما تقرأ عيون الادب العالمي قبل العشرين "ستربيك" حرفيا..ستشكل مبادءك مهما تهربت..ستصدقها للاسف

*في حياتنا ..سنتبادل الادوار..دوما☆
جان فالجان شاب بريء سوى يتحول الى مجرم آثم محروم من تعاطف القضاة فيسجن
Ahmad Sharabiani
873. Les Misérables, Victor Hugo
عنوانها: ژان والژان؛ بینوایان؛ نویسنده: ویکتور هوگو؛ انتشاراتیها: (مطبعه ایران، جاویدان، بدرقه جاویدان، امیرکبیر ، توسن، نگته، گنینه، فنون، قصه جهان نما، سمیر، آسو، افق، هفت سنگ، پیروز، سکه، اسب سفید، سروش، مشر قره، دبیر، گاج، پارسه، آبان مهر، سپیده، معراجی، توسن، فنون، بنیاد) ادبیات فرانسه؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: در ماه مارس سال 1966 میلادی؛ آخرین بار: در ماه ژوئن سال 2006 میلادی
عنوان: بینوایان؛ نویسنده: ویکتور هوگو؛ مترجم: حسینقلی مستعان؛ تهران، مطبعه ایران پاورقی،
Ahmad Sharabiani
873. Les Misérables, Victor Hugo
Les 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 Dispossessed. Beginning in 1815 and culminating in the 1832 Ju
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, Introduction

There are few novels which one can consider true masterpieces and among the greatest pieces of writing
دو خدا، دو خداباور

Les Miserables 1998, Liam Neeson

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 مهرب
Raya راية
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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 على الصعيد العملي، أو على الصعيدين جميعًا".

منير البعلبكي في مقدمة ترجمته الكاملة لرواية البؤساء

تعود بي الذاكرة إلى أيام المدرسة الابتدائية عندما كنت في الصف السادس، كنا في مكتبة المدرسة الصغيرة، ووقعت عيني على رواية ضخمة، كان عنوانها البؤساء، كانت ضخم
Petra Eggs
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 that although it is very odd for the hero never to rec
Dana Ilie
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 autor si personaje.

Nu cred ca e cazul sa va spun ca e
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
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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«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. Αυτό το βιβλίο… «Βίβλος ανθρωπιάς» σε ότι ηλικία και αν διαβαστεί, θα συγκινήσει και θα ανάψει τη «φλόγα» που κρύβουμε όλοι μέσα μας, όσο Άθλιοι και αν είμαστε!

Το βιβλίο μας εξιστορεί την καθημερινότητα διαφορετικών ανθρώπων του Παρισιού και μας περιγράφ
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 intricately constructed novels I have ever read.

The le
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
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 disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two being
Elyse Walters
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 parent and student involved ( my husband was too).
Camille Stein
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Illustration of Cosette - for Les Misérables, Victor Hugo. <br />by Émile Bayard

Cosette * by Émile Bayard -

Mientras, 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 en ciertas regiones sea posible la asfixia social; en
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 changed!

At the school, I was obliged to read this book as a p
Rebecca McNutt
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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. :)
Mar 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
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,
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 Jean Valjean's internal struggles are always a wonder

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
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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Victor Hugo, in full Victor-Marie Hugo (b. February 26, 1802, Besançon, France – d. May 22, 1885, Paris, France), poet, playwrighter, novelist, dramatist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights campaigner, and perhaps the most influential exponent of the Romantic movement in France, who was the most important of the French Romantic writers. Though regarded in France as one of that countr ...more
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