Les Misérables (usually /leɪ ˌmɪzəˈrɑːb/) is a French historical novel by famous author Victor Hugo. The Flairs chose this wonderful novel. It is a must read. You may have seen the movie or the musical but in order to truly discover French culture we recommend that you read Hugo’s magical work!
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First published in 1862, it is considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. The novel follows the lives of several characters, focusing on the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption.Focusing on the nature of law and grace, the novel revolves around French heritage, the architecture and urban design of Paris, politics, moral philosophy, justice, religion, and the types and nature of romantic and familial love.
Quotes from the novel :
“Il y a beaucoup de bouches qui parlent et fort peu de têtes qui pensent
There are many tongues to talk, and but few heads to think.
D’ailleurs qui est-ce qui atteint son idéal
But who ever does attain to his ideal?
Propos de table et propos d’amour; les uns sont aussi insaisissables que les autres; les propos d’amour sont des nuées, les propos de table sont des fumées
Table talk and lovers’ talk equally elude the grasp; lovers’ talk is clouds, table talk is smoke
Elle eût attendri un cœur de granit, mais on n’attendrit pas un cœur de bois.
She would have softened a heart of granite; but you cannot soften a heart of wood”
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