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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
The abridged version was hard to follow, seemed to be fragmented. The love story seemed a bit unrealistic. Read morePublished 6 days ago by AlexMa
Make sure you get the version you want. Bought for summer reading for my daughter. Apparently this is not the full version. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Miss Jena
This is an exceptional book! A book of deep emotion and ineffable tenderness.
I once took a music appreciation class. Read more
The story is profoundly great, touching all aspects of humanity, and very thought-provoking from start to end. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
The book can kill a man. It's really good but please no one should make a student read this for English.Published 25 days ago by Amanda
Great adaptation of the novel, easy to read. Big chunky paperback but durable.Published 27 days ago by J. Beaman
I don't understand why the movie ends with Javert's suicide. There's so much more to this masterpiece that viewing this after reading the novel is a tremendous disappointment. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sam
Purchased the book for my 16 year old grandson who had an acting role in his high school play "Les Miserables". He enjoyed the book and it helped him with the play.Published 1 month ago by Carol B
A long read. Much information about Napoleon and The Paris sewers.
Worth it though.