Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

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Les Misérables is a novel by French author Victor Hugo and is widely considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. It follows the lives and interactions of several French characters over a twenty-year period in the early 19th century, starting in 1815, the year of Napoleon's final defeat at Waterloo. The novel focuses on the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption. It examines the nature of law and grace, and expounds upon the history of France, architecture of Paris, politics, moral philosophy, antimonarchism, justice, religion, and the types and nature of romantic and familial love. The story is historical fiction because it contains factual, historic events, including the Paris Uprising of 1832 (often mistaken for the much earlier French Revolution).

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The 55th greatest fiction book of all time


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  1. - 11th on El Pais Favorite Books of 100 Spanish Authors (El Pais)
  2. - 15th on The 100 Greatest Novels (greatbooksguide.com)
  3. - 21st on Top 100 World Literature Titles (Perfection Learning)
  4. - 25th on 100 Essential Books (Bravo! Magazine)
  5. - 36th on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  6. - 41st on The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians (Bookman.com)
  7. - 50th on Pour une Bibliothèque Idéale (Raymond Queneau)
  8. - 97th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  9. - 97th on Harvard Book Store Staff's Favorite 100 Books (Harvard Book Store)
  10. - The Bigger Read List (English PEN)
  11. - The Best Classics (The Times)
  12. - ZEIT-Bibliothek der 100 Bücher (Die Zeit)
  13. - 50 Books to (Re-)Read at 50 (nextavenue)
  14. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)
  15. - Great Books (The Learning Channel)
  16. - Best Books Ever (bookdepository.com)
  17. - 100 Life-Changing Books (National Book Award)
  18. - The Graphic Canon (Book)
  19. - The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written (Easton Press)

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