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Les Misérables

[French ley mee-zey-ra-bluh] /French leɪ mi zeɪˈra blə/
noun
1.
a novel (1862) by Victor Hugo.
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  • Some years later the same boy, grown to a college student, read les miserables again with even greater interest.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10 Charles Herbert Sylvester
  • Read "les miserables" of our great Hugo before you answer, my friend.'

    Madame Midas Fergus Hume
  • She stood there aimlessly for a few minutes, and then her eye fell on the first two volumes of les miserables.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • The fame 279 of “les miserables” does not fade, and it hardly will fade.

    French Classics William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • The last thing she read to him was a three-volume edition of les miserables.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
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Les Misérables definition


(1862) A novel by Victor Hugo. The central character, Jean Valjean, is sentenced to prison for stealing a single loaf of bread. Later, seeking respectability, Valjean is hounded by his archenemy, Inspector Javert.

Note: The broad canvas of Hugo's novel has been adapted for numerous films and a long-running Broadway musical (usually known as Les Miz).
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