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Les Misérables (English language) Kindle Edition
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The scope and depth of the story is UNBELIEVABLE. The characters are so completely flesh and bone that you know them. You know who they are and exactly how they will react in a situation before it ever happens. The scenes are so masterfully laid out that you can envision every detail in your mind. And oh, believe me when I say the storytelling is breathtaking. Les Miserables is about poverty and the human condition, set against the backdrop of decades of French history. But it is so much more. It's a story of the redemption of man, despite everything the world can throw at him. It is a story of fear and sadness, but most of all, hope. The hope that we can do better. The hope that religion will not lead us down a path of self-righteousness, but to true righteousness, which to quote the book of Isaiah is "to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke". There is so much to be learned about forgiveness, love, happiness, and life from this story.
Les Miserables is not just a book. It might be the best book ever written. It is a LIFE CHANGER. Don't be afraid of it. Experience it for yourself.
One thing I miss in this translation: "Slang" is usually used instead of "argot", "emeute" is not used for "riot". It was fun to have some French words which would be explained & repeated in the text, used as text (in the F & M translation), instead of a translation which seems weak (in the Kindle copy). This is why I gave it a 4 instead of a 5.
I really liked the links from the Table of Contents to each volume, book & chapter (chapters were not listed in the Table of Contents of the paperback). But there is no forward option (to the next chapter). The format was very readable, even easier than the paperback (a blank line between paragraphs, which was very helpful on the extra long paragraphs).
An added bonus, which I found helpful, at the end of the Kindle copy, there is a letter Hugo wrote to the Italian publisher in 1862 telling in his words why Les Mis is for all nations. (This was not in my paper copy.)
By the time my Kindle arrived, my notes were ready to sync from the PC to the Kindle (pretty quick & mostly painfree), & I finished the book with the Kindle... much easier to hold & manipulate than 1500 pages.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rating based on ease of reading. The story was good but the amount of detail in each sentence made it challenging to follow. Read morePublished 7 days ago by EILEEN
Very complex characters and a lot to take into account when reading. not recommended to younger readersPublished 13 days ago by Michaela Jane Wiblin
The story goes all over the place, and in boil down, is classic and complex living. True stories are often remarked about as 'truth is stranger than fiction' - and this book is... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Pen Silnink
Though long, this epic holds so much history and details on France and the era after the napoleonic wars. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
The work is fatastic! I wonder how many people have seen the play but haven't read the book. They don't know what they are missing.Published 24 days ago by Thomas B. Flynn, M.D.
It was long but well worth reading. I enjoyed the book very much.Published 25 days ago by Sunflower