Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Misérables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector, Javert.
Hugo describes early 19th-century France with a sweeping power that gives his novel epic stature. Among the most famous chapters are the account of the battle of Waterloo and Valjean's flight through the Paris sewers.
So much detail is missed in this abridged version it is almost not worth getting. Still a great story, but wish I had the unabridged version.
What would have made Les Misérables better?
This is a kids version of the story
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
didn't finish not what I was looking for
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I really enjoyed this abridged version .... A quick recap for those who love Les Mis