ABOUT THE BOOK
Despite the length of time elapsed between the first printing of Les Misérables in 1862 and my first experience reading the novel, the human needs and virtues of the characters captured my interest and emotions with ease. Hugo’s depictions of his characters in their struggles to live, find love, or simply become ‘good’ resonated with me on a deep level. The writing has a living quality, in addition to its richness and well-crafted structure.
Les Misérables was written over a century ago, in a foreign language, and centers around a relatively small uprising in Paris – but Hugo’s subject, style, and skill bridge time and distance, and the work remains as beautiful today as when it was first published.
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EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK
Hugo’s novel takes place in France between 1815 and 1832, culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris. It follows the ex-convict Jean Valjean, imprisoned for a petty crime, as he tries to redeem himself and atone for his past.
The novel’s 1862 publication followed over six months of rigorous advertisements and promotions. When the publisher released the first chapter, “Fantine,” copies sold out within hours in many cities. Les Misérables brought Hugo great financial and popular success. However, many of the eminent authors (such as Flaubert and Baudelaire) criticized it for overwhelming sentimentality and trying to achieve too much.
The novel stemmed from Hugo’s desire to write about the social problems and issues of his day, and so he focused greatly on the plights of ordinary people. His descriptions of the living conditions of people from many different professions reveals the amount of research that went into his novel, which he began thinking about and planning almost 17 years in advance. The result was well worth his effort.
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- ISBN: 9781484006986 |
- Hardcover: 20 pages |
- Publisher: Hyperink |
- Publication date: Feb 8, 2012 |
- Language: English |
- Format: Ebook