Introducing one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjean – the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread – Les Misérables ranks among the greatest novels of all time. In it, Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a battle between good and evil, and carries them to the barricades during the uprising of 1832 with a breathtaking realism that is unsurpassed in modern prose.
Within his dramatic story are themes that capture the intellect and the emotions: crime and punishment, the relentless persecution of Valjean by Inspector Javert, the desperation of the prostitute Fantine, the amorality of the rogue Thénardier, and the themes of mercy and redemption that run throughout this classic.
Les Misérables gave Victor Hugo a canvas upon which he portrayed his criticism of the French political and judicial systems, but the portrait that resulted is larger than life, epic in scope-an extravagant spectacle that dazzles the senses even as it touches the heart. This tale of redemption has an undeniable Christian message and is one not to be missed!
Note: This is an abridged version of Les Miserables. While we prefer not to use abridged versions of classic literature, the length of this particular novel is daunting; which often results either in it being skipped or in being read in abridged form. With this in mind, this particular abridgement of Les Miserables is the one we will be recommending and scheduling within our guide.