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Les Miserables (Focus on the Family Radio Theatre) Audio, Cassette – Audiobook, June 1, 2001
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But the best comparison is made by reading:
here's Wilbour from the beginning of Part Two, Book Four:
"Forty years ago, the solitary pedestrian who ventured into the unknown region of La Salpetriere and went up along the Boulevard as far as the Barrier d'italie, reached certain points where it might be said that Paris had disappeared. It was no longer a solitude, for there were people passing; it was not the country for there were houses and streets. It was not a city, the streets had ruts in them, like highways, and grass grew along their borders; it was not a village, the houses were too lofty. What was it then? It was an inhabited place where there was nobody. It was a desert place where there was somebody. It was a boulevard of the great city, a street of Paris, wilder at night than a forest and gloomier by day than a graveyard. It was the old quarter of the horse-market."
Denny's version of the same passage
" A stroller forty years ago penetrating beyond the Salpetriere by way of the Boulevard de l'Hopital as far as the Barrierr d'italie, would have come to a region where Paris seemed to disappear.Read more ›
Buy an old copy (am I allowed to say that!). I found mine in an antique bookstore. It's an old beat-up hardcover. It just makes the whole experience more...historic!
Dare to read the unabridged edition. If Hugo could have told this story in fewer words he would have. Don't cheat yourself out of the real thing. Charles Wilbour's translation is an excellent one.
Take your time with it. When you get frustrated by lengthy explanations and background information, put it down and come back to it. But don't give up!
Les Miserables is one of the greatest stories every written. Hugo brings to life such weighty concepts as Grace, Forgiveness, Repentance, and Redemption and Salvation. The spiritual imagery is very rich. The interaction between Jean Valjean and the Bishop is absolutely life changing.
"Jean Valjean my brother: you belong no longer to evil, but to good. It is your soul that I am buying for you. I withdraw it from dark thoughts and from the spirit of perdition, and I give it to God!"
Graham Robb, the biographer of Hugo, found numerous serious errors in this translation incl. that the Duke of Clarence was drowned in a butt of malmsey ("une tonne de malvoisie"), rather than Rose's ridiculous "a tun of marsala" and that the "sacre" of Charles X was his coronation not his "consecration". Marius was not "fierce" with pretty girls (Rose) but "shy" ("farouche"). And on and on. An amateur but arrogant production all the way, and a real disgrace.
The original Wilbour translation, which was quite respectable, was revised and corrected by Lee Fahnestock and Norman MacAffe for Signet some years ago. It is still available and is by every standard superior.Read more ›
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Since finishing this book my life has not been the same. I miss the nighty pleasure.Published 25 days ago by Ella Jones
Hugo's masterpiece, Les Miserables, achieves singular greatness. Robust characters, towering themes, prodigious action and penetrating thought--the book offers everything we seek... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jay
Duh... you want to read a book that changes your soul for the better, read this. Stick through the long parts, and you'll be rewarded.Published 3 months ago by Arthur W. Brown
Just brilliant, from start to finish. I really pity the people who didn’t read this book. Incredible. Mind-blowing. Touching. Inspiring. Dazzling. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kelly
This is a terrific novel, and although I have forgotten the better part of the French I learned in high school, I have to believe this translation is excellent because the English... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tim C Allen
Amazing! This has become my favorite book! I love this story of redemption and reconciliation. It is truly a timeless classic.Published 4 months ago by M. J. Sauder
I am very glad to own the best translation, best published edition of Les Miserables. I now no longer need to rely on the library copy! Read morePublished 5 months ago by NanaJ