Review: Manga Classics LES MISÉRABLES by Stacy King

The French classic in manga format.

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SYNOPSIS

Adapted for stage and screen, loved by millions, Victor Hugo’s classic novel of love & tragedy during the French Revolution is reborn in this fantastic new manga edition! The gorgeous art of TseMei Lee brings to life the tragic stories of Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, and the beautiful Fantine, in this epic adaptation of Les Miserables!

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Title: Manga Classics: Les Misérables

Author: Victor Hugo, Stacy King

Publication: May 1, 2014 by Udon Entertainment

Genre: Historical Fiction, Manga

Target audience: Adult

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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book.

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Rating: 🌵🌵🌵🌵

Who would’ve thought that turning classics into manga would work so well?

Before reading this, I haven’t had any contact with Les Misérables. I hadn’t seen any movie adaption, hadn’t read the book, hadn’t listened to the musical. So I can’t say how true to the source this adaption is, but people familiar with the original say that this manga is pretty accurate.

I’m actually really happy that my first contact with Les Misérables was through this manga. Some time ago I wanted to read the novel but over a thousand pages is… quite a lot, don’t you think? This manga though doesn’t even have 400 pages and is quick to read. The art is lovely too.

I liked this so much that I ended up watching the musical adaption with Hugh Jackman. My mind is playing At the End of the Day in endless loop. One day I’ll maybe even be brave enough to read the novel.

This is a great alternative to reading the novel and an amazing way to get acquainted with this classic. I’ve already got the next Manga Classic lined up.


Have you read this adaption or even the original book? What do you think about adapting classics to manga? Let me know down below in the comments!

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