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Les Misérables
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Les Misérables
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Set in the Parisian underworld of the early nineteenth century, Les Misérables follows the adventures of Jean Valjean, once an honest peasant, who spent nineteen years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened and bitter criminal upon his release, Valjean is transformed when an act of compassion by a priest he robbed saves him from returning to prison. Changing his identity and his ways, Valjean becomes a successful industrialist and eventually the town mayor. Taking compassion on the poor, he raises the orphaned daughter of a prostitute as his own, never telling her of his shady past. Yet he is haunted by it, still pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert, who does not believe in moral redemption. When Valjean's daughter, Cosette, falls in love with a young revolutionary, Javert concocts a plot to catch both the lawless peasants and the elusive Valjean once and for all. Full of suspense, romance, and powerful social commentary, this sweeping epic became the gospel of the oppressed and is widely considered one of the greatest French novels of its age.

Set in the Parisian underworld of the early nineteenth century, Les Misérables follows the adventures of Jean Valjean, once an honest peasant, who spent nineteen years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened and bitter criminal upon his release, Valjean is transformed when an act of compassion by a priest he robbed saves him from returning to prison. Changing his identity and his ways, Valjean becomes a successful industrialist and eventually the town mayor. Taking compassion on the poor, he raises the orphaned daughter of a prostitute as his own, never telling her of his shady past. Yet he is haunted by it, still pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert, who does not believe in moral redemption. When Valjean's daughter, Cosette, falls in love with a young revolutionary, Javert concocts a plot to catch both the lawless peasants and the elusive Valjean once and for all. Full of suspense, romance, and powerful social commentary, this sweeping epic became the gospel of the oppressed and is widely considered one of the greatest French novels of its age.

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  • Victor Hugo (1802–1885) was a poet, novelist, dramatist, and leader of the romantic movement in France. He also played an active part in political life. His literary works best known in English include Les Misérables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Ninety-Three.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Focus on the Family has again pulled out the stops in this dramatization of the Victor Hugo classic. The production is replete with excellent acting, crisp editing, and seamless sound production, making the entire program a veritable movie for the mind. Brian Blessed plays Jean Valjean, a criminal of circumstance transformed by love and kindness at the time of the French Revolution. Blessed reads the part with tremendous strength and emotion. Other cast members include Geoffrey Palmer as Inspector Javert, Leo McKern as Monsieur Gillenormand, and Gina Beck as Cosette, the girl who awakens love and hope for Valjean. Performers, production, and beautiful source material make this an extraordinary program. S.E.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine
  • Booklist "Davidson's exquisitely nuanced interpretation of Les Misérables expertly reflects the excellence of Hugo's literary and political classic."
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