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Les Miserables Paperback – September 21, 2001

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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

About the Author

An accomplished writer, editor, and well-known speaker and Bible teacher, JIM REIMANN updated and revised such classics as My Utmost for His Highest and Streams in the Desert. His versions of these books were both #1 bestsellers and represent sales of more than 2.5 million copies in eight languages. Reimann has served as Chairman of the Christian Booksellers Association, and he and his wife, Pam, make their home in Atlanta, Georgia. The Reimanns also own Streams Tours, through which they offer teaching tours of Israel, Greece, and Turkey.
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Product Details

  • Series: Reimann Classic
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 21, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849916879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849916878
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By mjanke on September 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
I was a LES MISERABLES rookie, having not seen the musical nor read the book. It was always something that interested me, but for various reasons I never took the plunge with Hugo's classic. Then I saw this new version of the story. Jim Reimann, who previously wrote updated (modern English) versions of MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST and STREAMS IN THE DESERT, went through LES MIS and streamlined the story. He did it because he recognized that the book is a tad daunting in size for many of today's readers, so he removed a lot of the extras that Hugo wrote in and streamlined the book down to the basic story -- being careful to retain the essence and spirit of Hugo's words and meaning. His results are solid.
LES MISERABLES is one of the greatest stories of the triumph of grace over justice without mercy ever written. Grace can be hard to give, for it goes against our human nature, but Hugo shows, in the story of the life of Jean Valjean, how an act of grace bestowed upon one who does not deserve it can truly transform. When Valjean is saved from the police by the priest whom he robbed it is an epic moment that causes him to succumb to the power of God. He gives up his life of crime and does his best to live in a way that honors the gift that the priest gave him. What follows is an epic story that even more clearly illustrates the power of grace and love, set against a historic backdrop of revolutionary France. Coincidences are many, but the power of the story does not suffer. I know, for one thing, that I will never look at a pair of candlesticks the same way again.
This version of LES MISERABLES is an easy read. The translation is a simple one, and therefore a quick read for a serious reader. In that respect, Reimann succeeded at his quest of making LES MIS accessible to a whole new generation who otherwise might miss out on this classic. Since I never would've read the longer translation, this adaptation was a real blessing. FOUR & 1/2 STARS.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 2003
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This is an *adaptation* of the original Les Miserables by Victor Hugo that has been streamlined and simplified. It is arguably "dumbed-down." At any rate, it's not the real thing, so if you are looking for Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, move on. As for Les Miserables, it's an incredible book. So, for folks who wouldn't otherwise pick up as thick a tome as the original Victor Hugo classic, or any of its more judicial abridgements, this adaptation serves its purpose--to tell Hugo's timeless story of Jean Valjean, who spends ninteen years in prison after stealing a loaf of bread and who spends the rest of his life trying to become a better man. However, for readers with a little fortitude, the real thing is recommended. Why? Because there's just too much in the story to condense into this 287-page volume. While some long, irrelevant tangents (such as the description of Waterloo) will turn off some readers, and are excluded or downsized in abridgements that hover at around 600 pages, there is too much that is missed in editor Jim Reimann's albiet it mostly faithful version. Little things. Things that add detail and depth and impact to the canvas on which the story unfolds. For example, Fantine, the poor woman-turned prostitute in desperation whose daughter Valjean adopts, keeps her disreputable profession, but Hugo's stark and moving summation of her burial in a paupers' cemetary--"Her grave was like her bed--public."--is not included. This is probably in the cause of keeping the story focused on the movements of Valjean, but not to get to know the other characters is a loss. Another caveat, this adaptation is a "Christian" book, designed to be marketed to a religious audience.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Emmons on April 25, 2014
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I was looking for a good abridgment of Les Miserables that I could donate to the local prison, since many of the inmates have a lower reading level than classical literature would require. I bought this version based on reviews here on Amazon, and when I received the book I looked through it to see if it had all the vital important parts. It did. :) I've read Les Miserables unabridged, and it took me a year, with a bit of a slog through some tangential (though interesting) parts. This book is accessible to a reader that is unfamiliar with the plot of the novel, without insulting their intelligence or being too choppy or opaque. And it includes some of the most moving and inspiring scenes in all literature, which is why I wanted it to be available to this "captive audience." I'm glad I was able to find a version that kept the heart of Les Mis intact.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Bailey on January 10, 2013
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After watching both the musical and the movie with Gerard Depardieu, I picked this book up to read the story. I can't comment on Victor Hugo's truly original tome, but this adaptation was easy to read and very moving. The plot was devised by a brilliant storyteller, regardless of the updated wording. It's a story that made me contemplate the power of grace and one I will not forget.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2004
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This updated version of my favorite book is wonderful. The original message of the book remains intact. If you haven't read "Les Miserables" in a long time, or if you've never read it, pick up this book. Not only is it a great story, but the book itself is beautifully designed.
I highly recommend this version, even for diehard "Les Mis' fans like myself.
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