Les Misrables Author:Victor Hugo Newly abridged with an introduction by James K. Robinson, University of Cincinnati — Few novels ever swept across the world with such overpowering impact as Les MisÚrables. Within 24 hours, the first Paris edition was sold out. In other great cities of the world it was devoured with equal relish. — Sensational, dramatic, paced with rich excitement... more » and filled with the sweep and violence of human passions, Les MisÚrables is not only superb adventure but a powerful social document. The story of how the convict Jean-Valjean struggled to escape his past and reaffirm his humanity, in a world brutalized by poverty and ignorance, became the gospel of the poor and oppressed.
For sheer narrative drama, Jean-Valjean's flight through the sewers of Paris has yet to be equalled; and the magnificent description of the Battle of Waterloo puts all others into the shadow.
Now, nearly a century later, its popularity undiminished by the years, Hugo's masterpiece remains one of the great novels of all time.« less