ONE OF THE GREATEST NOVELS OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY IS SET TO BECOME A MODERN-DAY CINEMATIC PHENOMENON PREMIERING ON 11th JANUARY 2013
Les Misérables will soon be transformed into a British musical film. The on-screen version is based on the musical of the same name which is, in turn, based on Les Misérables, the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo. Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe have been cast as the leading men but unlike many films, the supporting roles are not to be sniffed at either. Staring alongside the aforementioned are the likes of Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, and Helena Bonham Carter.
With an Introduction and Notes by Roger Clark, University of Kent at Canterbury. Translation by Charles E. Wilbour (1862).
One of the great classics of western literature, Les Misérables is a magisterial work which is rich in both character portrayal and meticulous historical description. Characters such as the absurdly criminalised Valjean, the street urchin Gavroche, the rascal Thenardier, the implacable detective Javert, and the pitiful figure of the prostitute Fantine and her daughter Cosette, have entered the pantheon of literary dramatis personae. The reader is also treated to the unforgettable descriptions of the Battle of Waterloo and Valjean’s flight through the Paris sewers. There are two volumes to this classic tale.