Victor Hugo was born in 1802 and grew to be a highly acclaimed French playwright, novelist and poet. His greatest works include Notre-Dame de Paris (the Hunchback of Notre-Dame) and Les Miserables (The Miserable Ones/The Wretched).Hugo was a great supporter of Republicanism, a political standpoint that views a state as a republic (not governed by a monarch, but by part of its people) and this is evident in his novels, which commonly feature attitudes towards justice, law, royalty and social standards. Les Miserables focuses particularly on good and evil, politics and morality, with a backdrop of Parisian architecture and historical France.Victor Hugo himself led a life of poverty until King Louis XVIII instated to him a pension of 1,000 francs a year. All three volumes of Les Miserables were published in 1862 and although their reviews were less than complimentary, the novel was a huge success.The storyLes Miserables is above all a study of the human condition – of how we are all shaped by events outside us, and over which we have little or no control. The characters in the novel are not essentially bad, they have been driven to take actions by their environment.The book also provides a… Read full this story
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