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  Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Review by: Natalie H.
Illinois, Grade 7

''Les Miserables'' is a novel by Victor Hugo published in 1862. ''Les Miserables'' is separated into two major parts. The first section of the novel takes place years after the French revolution, while the second section takes place about ten years following the first section. The novel follows ex-convict Jean Valjean on his search for human redemption. When Valjean makes the decision to break his government-issued parole because it makes him impossible to find work, he goes into disguise. Valjean is constantly pursued by the justice-obsessed Inspector Javert who is determined to find the man who escaped his parole years ago. The second part of the book picks up ten years after the events of part one and focuses on the June Rebellion and a band of schoolboys, or the Les Amis del ABC who are dissatisfied with the government and are planning a revolution. Valjeanís and the rebelsís stories intertwine throughout the novel.

I found ''Les Miserables'' very enjoyable. It is a great example of classic literature and Victor Hugo is a great writer. The characters are diverse, compelling, and made me want to read more. Itís a rather lengthy book, but very worth reading. One thing that I didnít like was that the author occasionally got sidetracked and dedicated whole chapters to something that only briefly relates to the novel.

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