Les Misérables is the story that confronts both, heroism and villainy, head on. This historical novel by Victor Hugo follows the lives of several characters, particularly the tribulations and struggles of its hero, an ex-convict, Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption. Valjean, as a prisoner jumps parole, and the Police Inspector, Javert, tries to hunt him down for breaking the law. Eventually Valjean is transformed from a die-hard criminal into a virtuous man. He ultimately opts for a lonely life allowing his adopted daughter Cosette to marry the man she loves.
Hugo artfully dwells upon basic human concerns, writing beautifully and taking philosophic detours in a manner that is gentle yet touching the core of the heart of the reader in this perfect English translation. Experience the delight of meeting other life-like characters; Eponine, Gavroche, Father Mabeuf – young or old, who overcome the pains of life and develop inner strength to look life squarely into the eyes.