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Les Misérables is one of the best-­known novels of the nineteenth century. Taking place in the years during and after the Napoleonic wars, it follows the lives of several characters, particularly the ex-­convict Jean Valjean, who struggles for redemption. In this sweeping story, Hugo expounds upon history, architecture, religion, and politics. Harper's wrote that Its style is meretricious. Yet its interest and skill and brilliancy are undeniable. Hugo is a consummate literary artist.

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So long as there shall exist, by virtue of law and custom, decrees of damnation pronounced by society, artificially creating hells amid the civilization of earth, and adding the element of human fate to divine destiny; so long as the three great problems of the century—the degradation of man through pauperism, the corruption of woman through hunger, the crippling of children through lack of light—are unsolved; so long as social asphyxia is possible in any part of the world;­—in other words, and with a still wider significance, so long as ignorance and poverty exist on earth, books of the nature of Les Misérables cannot fail to be of use.

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In the dark world of medieval Paris, the deformed bell-­ringer of Notre Dame Cathedral heroically fights to save the life of a beautiful Gypsy girl about to be unjustly executed. Told with simple vocabulary and set in large type, this adaptation of the classic tale is perfectly suited for young readers.

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The story and characters in Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre-­Dame have resonated with succeeding generations since its publication in 1831. It has tempted filmmakers, and most recently animators, who have exploited its dramatic content to good effect but have inevitably lost some of the grays that make the original text so compelling. From Victor Hugo's flamboyant imagination came Quasimodo, the grotesque bell ringer; La Esmeralda, the sensuous gypsy dancer; and the haunted archdeacon Claude Frollo. Hugo set his epic tale in the Paris of 1482 under Louis XI and meticulously re-­created the day-­to-­day life of its highest and lowest inhabitants. Written at a time of perennial political upheaval in France, The Hunchback of Notre-­Dame is the product of an emerging democratic sensibility and prefigures the teeming masterpiece Les Misérables, which Hugo would write thirty years later. He made the cathedral the centerpiece of the novel and called it Notre-­Dame de Paris. (It received . . .

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Il y a aujourd'hui trois cent quarante-­huit ans six mois et dix-­neuf jours que les parisiens s'éveillèrent au bruit de toutes les...

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The Toilers of the Sea tells of the reclusive Guernsey fisherman Gilliatt, who salvages the engines of a wrecked ship by performing great feats of engineering, matching wits with sea and storm, and doing battle with a great sea monster - all to win the hand of a shipowner's daughter.

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Initialement prévu pour une trilogie qui aurait compris, outre L'homme qui rit, roman consacré à l'aristocratie, un volume sur la monarchie, Quatrevingt-­Treize, écrit à Guernesey de décembre 1872 à juin 1873, après l'échec de Hugo aux élections de janvier 1872, achève la réflexion de l'écrivain sur la Révolution à la lumière de la Commune et tente de répondre à ces questions : à quelles conditions une révolution peut-­elle créer un nouvel ordre des choses' 1793 était-­il, est-­il toujours nécessaire' Le roman valut à son auteur la haine des conservateurs. En mai 1793, le marquis de Lantenac, âme de l'insurrection vendéenne, arrive en Bretagne sur la Claymore, une corvette anglaise. À bord, il n'a pas hésité à décorer puis à faire exécuter un matelot qui n'avait pas arrimé assez solidement un canon. La consigne du marquis est claire : il faut tout mettre à feu et à sang. D'horribles combats s'ensuivent. Lantenac massacre des Bleus et capture trois enfants... Édition Ebooks libres et . . .

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