May 1, 1998
May 1, 1998
In this story of the trials of the peasant Jean Valjean - a man unjustly imprisoned, baffled by destiny, and hounded by his nemesis, the magnificently realized, ambiguously malevolent police detective Javert - Hugo achieves the sort of rare imaginative resonance that allows a work of art to transcend its genre.
Hugo's wrenching story centers on Jean Valjean, an honest peasant sentenced to five years' hard labor for stealing a loaf of bread, then 19 more for trying to escape. Turned into a hardened and ruthless criminal by his experiences, he reforms, becomes mayor of a French town, but is tracked down by the pitiless detective Javert for another obscure crime, and incarcerated. Escaping again from the brutal French prison, he befriends a prostitute named Fantine and her daughter, Cosette. This 1862 novel is remarkable for its sympathetic portrayal of common people: prisoners, the poor, women of the streets--all the down-and-out victims of the gross inequities of class in 19th-century Europe.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Conflicts + Dualities, Classics, Society + Social Issues, Holocaust, Types of Characters, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Settings, Human Qualities + Behavior, Literary Genres + Types of Novels
- Language: English
- Author: Victor Hugo
- Online Item #: 11828718
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 247-02-6135
- ISBN: 9780375403170
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported