Hugo's childhood was a period of national political turmoil. Napoleon was proclaimed Emperor of the French two years after Hugo's birth, and the Bourbon Monarchy was restored before his 13th birthday. The opposing political and religious views of Hugo's parents reflected the forces that would battle for supremacy in France throughout his life:
So I expect you to read every word in the unabridged version.
But I am not a Simon Legree: Because I want you to take the time to really savor the book, I am permitting you to take two months to complete it. First of all, purchase an unabridged you can mark up, reason being Les Miserables is one of the most quotable books ever written.
An additional word of warning: In recent years more and more publishers have committed what I call a crime: So, do your homework in this respect. Suffice it to say that he is generally considered to be one of the towering figures in world literature.
Most of the growth in my own life has resulted from just such side trips of discovery as I am suggesting to you now.
Hugo spent fourteen years laboring on this monstrous book.
I might even go out on a limb by admitting I have yet to read a more powerful or deeply moving book than this. When I completed it for the first time, I wrote down this summation: It is a book to go back to again and again, for it is inexhaustible and it is suspenseful—a great read!
I think the best summation of its power was penned by the English scholar and critic, Algernon Charles Swinburne: Les Miserables is the greatest epic and dramatic work of fiction ever created or conceived. The epic of a soul transfigured and redeemed, purified by heroism and glorified through suffering; the tragedy and comedy of life at its darkest and its brightest, of humanity at its best and at its worst.
Those side trips will all prove their relevance later on; and if you failed to carefully read them, I guarantee you will end up failing to internally capture the power of the novel! Indeed, those side-trips have developed world-wide fame on their own—especially the passages depicting the Battle of Waterloo, the sewers of Paris, the flight of Jean Valjean, the portrait of the Bishop, the drama of the candlesticks, and the description of the Benedictine monastery.
Indeed, the book might aptly be likened to a vast mosaic or puzzle:Viewers tuning into the new “Les Miserables” series will The BBC’s ‘Les Miserables’: Adapting a French Classic for the Modern World television adaptation are sticking to Victor. Les Misérables (French pronunciation: [le mizeʁabl(ə)]) is a French historical novel by Victor Hugo, first published in , that is considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century.
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Les Miserables is the greatest epic and dramatic work of fiction ever created or conceived. The epic of a soul transfigured and redeemed, purified by heroism and glorified through suffering; the tragedy and comedy of life at its darkest and its brightest, of humanity at its best and at its worst.
On June 30, , the final chapter of Victor Hugo’s timeless classic Les Misérables was published.
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