Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
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An Overview:

Les Miserables is a literary classic that surrounds the life of a man whose life is spent being chased by the police for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s family. He continues to spend his life helping others, even wiling to die to save young men who were fighting in an uprising against the French Government.

Main Body:

Les Miserables is a masterpiece of literature that has been not only the focus of a book but was turned into a Broadway Musical and a Movie. The story mainly follows a man named Jean Valjean. He was arrested and sent to jail for stealing a loaf of bread. He took the bread to feed his sister’s starving family.

Once released he is able to make a new life for himself, yet his past follows him in the form of a detective named Javert who is waiting to bring the ‘thief’ back down.The story is set during a time when France was in upheaval. Throughout the book Valjean finds himself taking on the responsibility of a young girl whose mother is dying.

He then raises Cosette as his own. As the book progresses things are getting worse in France and it culminates with a student uprising against the government. Knowing his daughter is in love with one of the students on the front line Valjean picks up arms to fight and tries to offer his life up for those of the young men who are dying.

Just so you know, the fact that it is a 66-hour book is not a misprint. The complete Les Miserables is a very long book and extremely detailed in parts and therefore some people may be better off trying the abridged version of this book. With that said, if you appreciate true feats of literature, this is one book that you will appreciate having listened to as it is an amazing story taken to depths that few today can do.

The Narration:

Frederick Davidson is a fantastic voice for this book. He has the type of voice you would expect to be passing on a story from so many years ago. You can almost imagine him sitting in a high society, secret club in Paris passing on this story.

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