Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
With its themes of redemption, justice, dignity and love, Victor Hugos 1862 novel is regarded as one of the masterpieces of 19th century fiction. Following the lives and struggles of several characters over a 17-year period, Les Miserables offers memorable characters and scenes in the days leading up to the June rebellion of 1832. An early example of historical fiction, Hugos novel is known throughout the world and has been adapted for television, film and, most famously, musical theater.
Beginning in 1815 and culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris, the novel follows the lives and interactions of several characters, particularly the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption. Examining the nature of law and grace, the novel elaborates upon the history of France, the architecture and urban design of Paris, politics, moral philosophy, antimonarchism, justice, religion, and the types and nature of romantic and familial love. Les MisÚrables has been popularized through numerous adaptations for the stage, television, and film, including a musical and a film adaptation of that musical. The appearance of the novel was highly anticipated and advertised. Critical reactions were diverse, but most of them were negative. Commercially, the work was a great success globally: The Miserables, The Wretched, The Miserable Ones, The Poor Ones, The Wretched Poor, The Victims and The Dispossessed.
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