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Les Miserables Paperback – September 21, 2001

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If you are like me and have wanted to read this Very Important Book but have been scared off by its behemoth size then you are in luck. This version, offered by Barbour Publishing s Shiloh Run Press, is not only condensed but translated especially for today's American reader. However, that does not mean that the book will be an easy read, just easier than previous editions.

Skip the movie and read the book. Its not necessarily an easy read but how many truly wonderful and exceptional things in life are easy? You get what you put into things and Les Miserables pays you back in spades. --Darian Burns Darian Burns Blog 2014-01-10

Do you ever come across a book that seems like everyone but you has read? It's received rave reviews and you half-heartedly add it to the to-read list but you don't consider it high priority. You'll get around to it...eventually. Well that's the way I have felt about Les Miserables. And to be honest, when I see the majority going googly-eyed over a book I tend to avoid it as it usually isn't my cup of tea. However when the opportunity presented itself to read this French classic in the form of an abridged edition I jumped at the chance. And I have no regrets. While there was no doubt a good deal that I missed out on I found this modern edition of a timeless story very well done. Very few classics I come across fall under the "page-turner" category but in my own humble opinion Les Misérables was excellent. It reveals the triumphs and fall of mankind and how one decision can set into motion a whole series of incidents that have both positive and negative effects. --J. Burdette Reet Champion Book Reviews 2014-03-13 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

Product Details

  • Series: Reimann Classics
  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,187,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Victor-Marie Hugo is one of the most versatile persons to have walked on earth. He was a poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights campaigner, and one of the most influential exponents of the Romantic movement in France. He has written a number of classics including The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

Les Misérables: The Classic Story of the Triumph of Grace and Redemption, Adapted for Today’s Reader by Victor Hugo , and edited by James Reimann is a retelling of one of his most famous works first published in 1862 which has virtually immortalized him. As amply made clear in the title, it has been adapted for today’s reader.

In the process of writing one of the greatest novels of all time, Victor Hugo has created one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjean. The writer par excellence crafted an incredible story taking the reader right into the Parisian underworld during the uprising of 1832 with an awe-inspiring pragmatism that is unrivaled in contemporary prose. Victor Hugo vividly painted a stunning battle between good and evil, portraying the sentiment and restlessness of the poor and disenfranchised of the new republic of France. In it he focuses his attention on the plight of the escaped offender Jean Valjean who was imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, and the determinations of the persistent policeman out to recapture him.

It is a gripping and engaging story that brings to full circle the truism “desperate times call for desperate measures.” It is a sharp and stark portrayal of the pathetic and wretched condition of the common man in France during the period.
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