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Monday, October 24, 2005

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Set in Paris in the 1830’s, this epic novel introduces the character Jean Valjean, a noble peasant who is imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread. The novel explores the Parisian underworld, battles between good and evil, and ultimately is a criticism of French political and judicial systems.


  • Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo would be considered historical fiction. The main plot line is fiction, but Hugo provides information about the French Revolution. It is about the story of Jean Valjean, a former convict. When he gets out of jail, he turns his life around and raises the child Cosette after the death of her mother, Fantine. When you aren't reading a long history of the battle of Waterloo or an in depth description of the Paris sewers, it is a very good read. I really loved the characters that Hugo created; they are believable in what they say and the decisions they struggle to make. The only thing that was difficult was the length of the book, so I had to determine which parts were really important to the plot and which sections that I could afford to skim to save time. I think anyone who is already familar with the story through the musical, for instance, will enjoy this book. It would also be a delightful read for people who enjoy history, especially French history.

    By Blogger amanda, at 4:58 PM  

  • Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo was a large, but good, read. It was the story of the former convict, Jean Valjean and the adventures he comes across while on the run from the police inspector, Javert. Although this book is fiction, it does give a bit of the history of the time period. This book had an excellent plot. It does go into a lot of detail that is not super important to the book, but it is an interesting read. This book is like a really long police chase. Valjean is trying to escape Javert, who is trying to imprison him, unjustly, again. It has a lot of intense parts that keep you on the edge of your seat, if you can get through the first 50-100 pages. This book would be a good read for those who are up for a challenge. I would recommend it for those who are interested in french history. My advice for those who are feeling adventurous, is to use your time wisely. If you need an extention to finish the book, talk to your teacher, they are very understanding about it. They know that it is a long hard read, but totally worth it.

    By Blogger Michelle, at 1:44 PM  

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