10 Facts about Les Miserables

Post On: December 30, 2016
By: Agustina
In: Books

Facts about Les Miserables talk about one of the greatest novels in 19th century. Victor Hugo was the writer of the novel. In 1862, this French historical novel was published in the market. The title is translated in several alternates.  The novel is also called The Miserable Ones, The Wretched, The Wretched Poor, The Miserables, The Victims and The Dispossessed, and The Poor Ones. However, the original French title is often used to entitle the book published in the English-Speaking countries. Let us get other interesting facts about Les Miserables below:

Facts about Les Miserables 1: the primary character

Jean Valjean, an ex-convict became the central character in the story.

Les Miserables Pic

Les Miserables Pic

Facts about Les Miserables 2: the setting of time

The setting of time in the novel began in 1815 and ended in 1832 June during the Rebellion in Paris, France.

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Facts about Les Miserables 3: the subjects in the novel

Various subjects are explored in the novel such as the familial love, romantic love, justice, politics, history of France, religions and moral philosophy.

Facts about Les Miserables 4: the popularity

Les Miserables received a great deal of popularity after it was adapted into films, TV, musical and stage performance.

Facts about Les Miserables

Facts about Les Miserables

Facts about Les Miserables 5: the inspiration of Jean Valjean’s character

It is believed that the inspiration of Jean Valjean was loosely from Eugène François Vidocq’s life. Vidocq served as the leader of an undercover police even though he was an ex-convict. The first private detective agency in France was established by Vidocq. He was known as a philanthropist and businessman.

Facts about Les Miserables 6: Myriel

Myriel is the bishop character encountered by Valjean in the story.  The model of the bishop was based of Bishop of Digne, Bienvenu de Miollis.

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Facts about Les Miserables 7: Jean Valjean

Jean Valjean in the novel is also known as Urbain Fabre, Monsieur Leblanc, Ultime Fauchelevent, and Monsieur Madeleine. He served in prison because of stealing a loaf of bread for seven starving children of his sister.

Facts about Les Miserables 8: Javert

Another important character in the novel is Javert. This police wanted to recapture Valjean.

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Facts about Les Miserables 9: the narrator

The narrator in the novel does not have a name. The author wants the readers to identify the narrator on their own.

Fantine Les Miserables

Fantine Les Miserables

Facts about Les Miserables 10: the film adaptation

The film of the musical adaptation of Les Miserables was released in 2012. The stars included Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, and Russell Crowe.

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