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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
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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
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
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Emily May
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 2012, favourites
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
Melissa ♥ Dog 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 =(

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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!

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FANTINE

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
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Bookdragon Sean
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
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Fabian
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read the hefty Victor Hugo classic for my 30th 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, betrayals, w ...more
Lisa
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 environme
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Miriam
Aug 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: myfavorites
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
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

There are few novels which one can consider true masterpieces and among the greatest pieces of writing
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María
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Foad
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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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
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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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Duane
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
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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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Matthew
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!
Elyse
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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).
Afte
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Jason
Mar 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  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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Kirstine
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
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Corinne
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
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Antonio
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clásicos, favorites


Pobre de mí, este año me será muy difícil hacer un top 5 de las mejores lecturas.



Al parecer las grandes historias empiezan con el robo de un pan, supongo que algo tan bueno como el pan merece ser robado, pero pocos se pudieran haber imaginado todo lo que iba a desencadenar en la vida de Jean Valjean este pequeño hurto.



Este libro es sensacional, su historia, su filosofía, sus personajes ¡Que personajes! los ame a todos incluso a los que odie (extraño lo sé), pero es que están tan bien hechos, tod
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Ahmad Sharabiani
873. Les Misérables, Victor Hugo
بینوایان - ویکتور هوگو (جاویدان ، امیرکبیر ، توسن) ادبیات فرانسه
نمیدانم. یادم نمانده این کتاب را چندبار خوانده ام. در کودکی نسخه های کوتاه شده و خلاصه ی داستان را...، آخرین بار چند سال پیش بود، باز هم ترجمه حسینعلی مستعان را خواندم. اگر بگویم مدهوش شدم، راه به سوی گزافه نبرده ام. ویکتور هوگو بزرگترین شاعر فرانسه در قرن نوزدهم و شاید بیشتر از همین جمله باشد که بنوشتم. ایشان با بزرگواری، با انقلابی بزرگ زندگی کردند و عمری طول کشید تا آن را نوشتند. یادم مانده جمله ای
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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 - http://ow.ly/tWxbg


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
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Laz
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Emma
4.5 stars.

This book is a masterpiece. I don’t even know how to review something so beautiful and complex, so I’m just gonna list a few of the MANY amazing quotes from this work of art.

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.

I have been loving you a litt
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Ahmad Sharabiani
873. Les Misérables, Victor Hugo
بینوایان - ویکتور هوگو (جاویدان ، امیرکبیر ، توسن) ادبیات فرانسه
عنوان: بینوایان؛ نویسنده: ویکتور هوگو؛ مترجم: حسینقلی مستعان؛ تهران، مطبعه ایران پاورقی، 1310، سپس به صورت کتاب در ده جلد و سپس در پنج جلد؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، جاویدان، 1331، در دو جلد، چاپ دیگر: تهران، امیرکبیر، 1349؛ در دو جلد 1647 ص؛ چاپ دیگر 1363؛ چاپ چهاردهم 1370؛ شانزدهم 1382؛ شابک دوره: 9640004189؛ هفدهم 1384؛ هجدهم 1387؛ شابک دوره دوجلدی: 9789640004180؛ نوزدهم 1388؛ بیستم 1390؛ بیست و سوم 1391؛ ب
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Viv JM
It feels like sacrilege to say as much, but I think I may have enjoyed reading an abridged version of this book more! If I were rating the story of Jean Valjean, Cosette, Javert and Marius, I would definitely give this a 5 star rating. It’s a fabulous story of redemption, full of wonderfully drawn characters, a gentle humour and some amazingly emotionally wrenching scenes. But, for me, the frequent, lengthy and occasionally eye wateringly boring transgressions detracted from my enjoyment of the ...more
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستان گرانقدر، تمامی شما عزیزان، با این اثر معروفِ «ویکتور هوگو» آشنا هستید و شخصیت اصلی داستان «ژان وال ژان» و دخترک دوست داشتنی و بیچاره «کوزت» و آن مأمور سمج و چندش آور «ژاور» را میشناسید. لذا چکیده نویسی و توضیح در مورد این داستان، بیهوده است
تنها بخشی از نوشته های کتاب که به نظرِ من، میشود احساسات و نوع اندیشۀ «ویکتور هوگو» را از آن دریافت و البته فقط هم در نوشته هایش میتوان آن را متوجه شد و در فیلم و سریال هایی که ساخته شده خبری از این متون جالب توجه نیست را برایتان در زیر مینویسم... «ویکت
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Tom
Jan 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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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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