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Hugo's Les Miserables (Cliffs Notes) Paperback – November 15, 1968

ISBN-13: 004-9086007350 ISBN-10: 0822007355 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Cliffsnotes Literature Guides
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Cliffs Notes; 1 edition (November 15, 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822007355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822007357
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 1997
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Being one of the precious few who see Javert as the novel's most intriguing character, I found myself flipping through "Les Miserables" when I first purchased it, looking for all of the "Javert chapters." However, though it took me a year to finish the remaining pages of the book (those focusing on Valjean and the protagonists), I must admit that I now consider it to be my favorite piece of literature. I'm sure that most everyone reading this review knows the plot, but I'll summarize it anyway. The hero-- Jean Valjean, convict who breaks parole. The "bad guy" (not really!)-- Inspector Javert, an misunderstood policeman. The miserable ones-- Fantine (prostitute), Eponine (suffers from a forbidden love), the Parisian beggars. The lovers-- Cosette (Fantine's daughter; Valjean's charge) & Marius (student). The revolutionaries-- Enjolras, Marius, students. Story: Javert chases Valjean, Valjean changes his life and looks out for Cosette, Students and Eponine die, Marius and Cosette get married, Valjean dies. Sounds uplifting, doesn't it? Seriously, though the story is extremely deep and the negative emotional content is through the roof (as are the amounts of philosophical commentaries and descriptions that Hugo interjects, i.e. a 100-page documentary on the history of the Parisian sewer system), the reader almost always finishes the book with a sort of uplifted feeling; a new belief in the ability of humanity to transcend and break free of our earthly chains. The musical version of Hugo's masterpiece sends the audience away with similar thoughts, but the story is severely condensed and the romanticism enhanced. I will say one thing of Boublil & Schonberg, though-- they were true to Hugo's intents.Read more ›
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Olivia on March 24, 2000
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Okay, I was browsing through my library and I stumbled across the Les Miserables cliff notes (I have read the whole thing unabridged 4 times). I picked it up to look it over, and was impressed. I checked it out, and took it to school the next day and gave it to my friend who was reading the abridged version and I gave it to her to read. She liked it much better. She said it was, "Shorter (she's not exactly into long books), more emmotional (eep), and included many things that the abridgement left out. Two of my personal favorite parts- Jean Prouvaire's Last Poem, and Orestes Fasting and Pylades Drunk, which were included in Cliff's Notes. Bravo!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 24, 2012
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I may be unique in this, but what I did was read each summary section in the Cliffs Notes and then read the corresponding section in the unabridged novel. The notes actually made it easier to understand what was written in the book. I don't know whether I'd recommend this as a general technique, but I've done this with several other books and it has always worked out well for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 29, 2012
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I ordered this along with the double-sided DVD of the 1935 and 1952 versions of Les Miserables. I wanted to better understand this classic before I go to see the 2012 version. I believe Cliff notes are a way to get to the crux of something when time is short and the basic information is needed. Thank you for havaing this available so that I may reach my goal.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Klein on September 7, 2012
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I've never bought one of these before, I thought it would help me a bit with the novel since Penguin neglected to add ANY notes on scenes or characters etc. I feel a bit at sea.
This author can't even decide whether they like the book or author. On one hand, Victor Hugo is called shallow, on the other, they refer to his genius. For me, that is a contradiction if there ever was one.
However it was helpful on Hugo's basic biography. It did explain its length(over 1200pgs in both French and English)and Hugo's political leanings.
Maybe later in the novel when historical events start influencing characters, it will be more helpful.
Fortunately I think I spent less than $10 on it.
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I am taking two young ladies to see the show. We are using the shorter version to help them get an over view of the story so they can follow the play more easily. The younger in 11 and did see the High School version and is eager to see the play again just because she liked the music even though she didn't understand the play itself. This helped her make sense of what she saw, even thought the book it self is still a little beyond her ability. This way we will all enjoy the play!
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After seeing the movie, I wanted to know what was in the book and what was Hollywood. Made me realize how long the book is!
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