Monday, 23 July 2012

Victor HUGO, Les Misérables; Penguin Readers (2008), B2, 2300 Headwords
By Javier García Navarro, 1º Bachillerato A, EFL
The story begins with Jean Valjean who is released from prison and, thanks to an act of kindness made by a bishop, becomes a new man. He gets a new name, Monsieur Madeleine and builds a successful life and career in Montreuil.
Fantine, who is fired from her job, has to pay the Thénardiers for them to take care of her daughter, Cosette; but actually they spend all the money on themselves. Valjean tries to help Fatine to get her daughter back but she dies. Later M. Javert, who is a police inspector, catches Jean and sends him back to prison, but he escapes and leaves the city. Valjean finds Fantine’s daughter, Cosette, at the Thénardiers’ inn and he adopts her, after paying a huge amount of money to the Thénardiers. Then they move to Paris.
They live more adventures, but you’ll have to read the book to find out.
The part I found most interesting was when the Thénardiers told the truth to Marius and Cosette, but when they were going to apologize to Valjean, he had already died. That shows, in my opinion, that we should not leave anything for tomorrow when we can to it today, as it happened to Marius: if he had talked with Jean before, he could have made up with him and thanked him for having saved him.
I would recommend this book to teenagers and adults, because this is a story which deals with poverty and war, not suitable for younger children.

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