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Les Misérables In Plain and Simple English (Includes Study Guide, Complete Unabridged Book, Historical Context, Biography, and Character Index) (Annotated) [Kindle Edition]

Victor Hugo , BookCaps
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Les Misérables is epic! Hundreds of chapters, dozens of characters and settings--it's easy to lose track of things. Let BookCaps help with this comprehensive annotated study guide that is complete with character profiles (with pronunciations for names harder to pronounce), chapter summaries, analysis of themes, historical context, and much more!

This book is annotated; it includes the original book and detailed study guide.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2409 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides (July 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,098 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Miserables December 27, 2012
By Y99AH
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At about 1,400 pages, the unabridged Les Miserables was the longest, and possibly the most challenging, thing I've read; however, the experience was well worth it. At times, the wretchedness of one situation or another is enough to make one groan aloud in sympathy for a character, but the moments of joy are positively radiant. To comment on the characters: Cosette is heartbreaking, charming, and all-around loveable as a small child, but as she matures, she becomes less interesting and less likeable, and by the time she falls in love, she has become one-dimensional and all-too-perfect; in other words, unbearable. Jean Valjean, however, is a wonderfully developed, very believable, very human character, and compensates thoroughly by becoming increasingly compelling.
As a heads-up, this is Romantic literature and it is extremely verbose; Hugo sometimes spends chapter after chapter discussing something that could be described sufficiently in a paragraph or two. Nonetheless, I do think it's preferable to read the unabridged version; my philosophy concerning the "abridged or unabridged" dilemma is this: if the author likes to take his time, let him. I have not read an abridged version of Les Mis, but when reading abridged editions of other classics, my experience has been you definitely get the sense that chunks of the book are missing- and because you're reading a greatly shortened version, you're always surprised to reach the ending: "So soon?"
In conclusion, this is an excellent book, and I recommend it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complement Kindle with pen and paper January 6, 2013
By Char
Some readers have mentioned getting refunds b/c a lack of table of contents makes it difficult to use the reference material in this book.

I'm about to buy this book in spite of it. It sounds like the best of the bunch.

May I make a suggestion? As some (like myself) used to do with an occasional "hard copy" (non-electronic) book, you can record on a slip of paper, much like a bookmark, key page numbers so you can "go to" one when needed. The slip of paper can be stored in a pocket of your Kindle cover.

Some times it's worth mixing old and new to get exactly what you want. Plus an email to the editor about this oversight seems to be in order.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still reading it... a long book! January 4, 2013
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This is a very easy to read translation. I am enjoying reading it. If you are looking for a way to read this fine novel, this is a great version.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No table of contents? December 26, 2012
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I am affirming the complaint of another reviewer... I find the book difficult to use without a table of contents. For example, there are many pages of introduction before the actual novel starts, and you just have to keep flipping pages until you find it. Then, if you come across a name you want to look up in the list of characters, you have to just keep flipping pages until you find that section. I gave up and purchased another more user friendly edition, and would like a refund.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Idea! March 2, 2013
By meshla
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I had never read this book, even in college as a French major. It always looked as if it would take forever to read,even in English! I wanted to read it before seeing the movie...which was amazing. When I saw this book, I thought it might be helpful. Was it ever! I read it in a couple of weeks (some every day) and it helped me so much in the story that I might have missed otherwise. Highlly recommend this book to anyone who was in my position or anyone who wants a clear understanding of this great classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars les mis March 9, 2013
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the language is archaic for this day and age, which makes it a challenge to read and makes this version wonderful. It really helps.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars July 4, 2014
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I thought I was getting the book, not a study of the chapters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So far, so good! Kindle makes it easier to read June 15, 2013
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I have always wanted to read this book, but it's size and the fact that it was written so long ago and in another language, I just kept putting it off because I thought it would be a struggle to read. After getting my kindle, and having easy access to the dictionary, I am enjoying it so far.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 2 months ago by Egonzo
4.0 out of 5 stars Les Miserables
After watching the newest movie, I wanted to know more about the story. The study guide gave me chapter by chapter summaries
so I could get an idea of the parts of the story... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Toni Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Saw the movie and wanted to read the book but didn't want the original. I wanted it simple because I am always reading 5-7 books at a time, some medical, some health related,... Read more
Published on March 18, 2013 by R. Hutto
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece Worth Reading More Than One Time
Hugo is a MASTER storyteller, a writer who is able seamlessly set the story aside and take the reader to the edges of the Waterloo, battlefield, turn back to the story and just as... Read more
Published on February 25, 2013 by joe Maassen
5.0 out of 5 stars Best novel I have ever read!
I am a fan of classic novels. I was unsure if I wanted to tackle this book by Victor Hugo because it is quite long (approx 1,500 pages). I am so glad I did. Read more
Published on February 23, 2013 by Mary Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Miserables
When I read it - it was so informative and interesting and then went to the Movie - a really enjoyed it because I better understood the plot and story line.
Published on February 2, 2013 by Judith
1.0 out of 5 stars confusing.....
Thought I was ordering the study guide, etc. etc. WITH "Complete Unabridged Book" but got everything else EXCEPT THE BOOK ITSELF. Read more
Published on January 30, 2013 by Wynne C. Dimock
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Miserables in Plain and Simple English
This was a perfect precurser to my seeing the movie. It brought the history of France during the revolution to the forefront. Read more
Published on January 17, 2013 by Pamela P. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book.
I choose this rating because the book was writte in such a way that made it interesting and easy to understand and follow the plot. Read more
Published on January 16, 2013 by Kindle Customer
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