Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Set in early 19th-century France, the narrative follows the lives and interactions of several characters, particularly the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his journey towards redemption. The story touches upon the nature of law and grace, and elaborates upon the history of France, architecture of Paris, politics, moral philosophy, antimonarchism, justice, religion, and the types and nature of romantic and familial love. It is known for its vivid and relatable characters, and its exploration of societal and moral issues.

The 48th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 3132

Since this book was first published in 1862, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 3132.0.

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