UDON Manga Classics: Les Misérables

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Title: Les Misérables
Author: Victor Hugo (original); Stacy King and Tszmei Lee
Length: 336 pages
Publication date: Aug. 19 2014
Genre: classics, manga
Rating: 5/5

I received this book from Netgalley for review. I have really been in the mood to read more graphic novels, so this manga was right up my alley and I couldn't have been more pleased.


I read Les Misérables for the first time last year, and while it took me months to finish, I absolutely loved it. I think the translation that I read was just gorgeous. (It was the translation by Julie Rose, please check that one out if you pick up this book.) I also adore the new movie musical. Who doesn't love Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean. And can we talk about Marius for a minute? Hello.

I found this manga adaptation to be very faithful to the original story. The most important parts of the story arc were included, and the story flowed well. I mean, taking a 1,200+ page book and condensing it into a 336 page manga was probably a difficult task. In my opinion they succeed. It was also very nice to just pick up this classic story and read through it in 2 sittings. You know, instead of 7 months. I highly enjoyed this reading experience.


I would highly recommend this for anyone who is maybe interested in reading Les Misérables, but doesn't want to commit to the hugeness of the novel. I'd also recommend this for younger readers as an introduction to the classic. Or if you just want to enjoy a great story in an afternoon, you should pick this up as well. 


I received a digital copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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