Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Les Misérables

By Victor Hugo

  • Publication Date: 2011-04-14
  • Genre: Classics
4 Score: 4 (From 1,124 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

Jean Valjean spent nineteen years in prison — five for stealing bread, fourteen for trying to escape. Valjean tries to make a new life for himself, but he cannot escape the stigma of his past, nor the oppressive watch of the cold-hearted Inspector Javert.
Fantine is a working class woman barely scraping together enough for herself and her young daughter Cosette. Both mother and daughter are exploited by the greedy innkeeper Thénardiers, who keeps demanding more and more money. Fantine’s health begins to deteriorate, and in her desperation she begins to consider prostitution. 
These are but two of the unfortunate souls from Victor Hugo’s massive novel about rebellion, redemption, authority, romance, and justice. Les Misérables is a rich, complex, profound, and heart-breaking work of historical fiction, and one of the greatest novels of all time. 
This includes all five volumes, as well as illustrations by Émile Bayard. Also, many of the more poetic passages are preserved in the original French, side-by-side with an English translation. (Can't do that on Kindle!)

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Latest User Reviews

  • Les miserables...

    By The best book ever💙❤️
    Fully amazed with this incredible book how hard I wish the whole world could read this book
  • This is the best book ever

    By Anastasia 🔮💎🕊 Chandler
    This is one of the must-thread books. The meaning that this book bears is so deep and humane. It is one of the book that after reading it will make you reflect and contemplate life.
  • Weird translation

    By lispod
    This is the second time I've read the unabridged, and the translation in this ebook is just strange. I can't get past how they use "ejaculated" every five minutes during an argument for someone shouting. For being free it's better than lugging around a 1400 page book, but try a different translation.
  • Les misèrables is amazing

    By savygirl24601
    This book is amazing! I am in love! I just love this!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
  • Les Miserables

    By Clair Water
    This book is so much more than a wonderful story. It has French history; philosophical theories from Victor Hugo; praise for Napoleon and the French Republic. It is by far the best book I have ever read!
  • Beyond words

    By Eric McD.
    After spending over ten months with Valjean and company in the undertaking of reading this great work, I can only say it was entirely worth it. It is truly a masterpiece, and one that must be experienced. It is free, so there is no reason not to download it. The translation was refreshingly literary.
  • Awesome.

    By Toojay514
    Favorite book ever, definitely worth taking the time to read.
  • All time favorite

    By thoughtful42
    Jean Valjean is favorite all time literary character
  • I am officially obsessed!!

    By Barbser
    I haven't read it yet but I watched the old movie version in school, I saw it in theaters and its coming back to Broadway!!!! Can't wait!
  • Les Miz review

    By Rich's HP
    An excellent book. The story surpasses the attempt at filming and stage playing it.