One of the greatest epic novels in history, Les Miserables is the moving story of Jean Valjeans struggle for redemption and his lifelong pursuit by Javert, a police detective determined to return Valjean to chains.
Always one step ahead of Javert, Valjean encounters the tragic Fantine, and ultimately rescues Fantines daughter, Cosette, from her wretched life with the Thenadiers, treating the child as his own as she comes of age in pre-revolutionary Paris.
Published in 1862, Victor Hugos Les Miserables is remarkable for its clarity and detailed descriptions of the 1832 rebellion.
Enormously popular upon publication, Les Miserables has been adapted for the stage and film, including the forthcoming movie starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway (2012).
This special edition of Les Miserables also contains a review from the July 1862 issue of The Atlantic Monthly.
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