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"Hugo's genius was for the creation of simple and recognizable myth. The huge success of Les Misérables as a didactic work on behalf of the poor and oppressed is due to his poetic and myth-enlarged view of human nature." —V. S. Pritchett
"It was Tolstoy who vindicated [Hugo's] early ambition by judging Les Misérables one of the world's great novels, if not the greatest… [His] ability to present the extremes of experience 'as they are' is, in the end, Hugo's great gift." —From the Introduction by Peter Washington--This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
Lee Fahnestock and Norman MacAfee have translated two volumes of the letters of Jean-Paul Sartre, edited by Simone de Beauvoir: Witness to My Life and Quiet Moments in a War. For their work together, they have received an NEA Translation fellowship and the American Literary Translators Association Award. Lee Fahnestock has translated fiction as well as four volumes of the poetry of Francis Ponge, including The Making of the Pré and The Nature of Things. The French Government honored her with the Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres. Norman MacAfee’s other books include One Class: Selected Poems; The Gospel According to RFK: Why It Matters Now; the opera The Death of the Forest; and translations of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s poetry.
A tale of the poor struggling to overcome an unjust system as seen in the person of Jean Valjean who dies a couple figurative deaths and is resurrected to help Cossette and when he... Read morePublished 1 month ago by MS
"Les Miserable" is a wonderful classic everyone should read. It is a longer novel, though it is broken up into several 'books' or chapters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jcm3rockstar
Love! It makes you fall in love with France, romance, and a second chance.Published 3 months ago by Kaitlynrose Bicek
1. How is the author's writing? Ummm...well, he's buried in the Pantheon, so...my opinion of his writing may be a bit beside the point. Read more
This is great work of genius humanist Victor Hugo! The main theme of this novel lies in the idea of promoting liberty, equality and fraternity. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Griffin Garcon