Les Misérables is
an 1862 novel by French writer Victor Hugo.
What an understatement that is! If you want to insult
someone French, ask if she has read Les
Misérables. I made that mistake once
and was rewarded with a very Gallic look of contempt.
For those of you who know a book is
always better than the movie . . . this
novel is finally available free for Kindle.
I am sure my UK readers have noticed that in the last six months many of my classic selections have been free for the UK Kindle. The free version is not always easy to find,
but I do several searches and in this case, I found Les Misérables for free on Amazon
UK after my first two searches only turned up versions for sale. The US version was not free a year ago - but it is now. What a welcome trend this is for UK & US readers! (US Edition) (UK Edition)
As you may be aware, this novel is not about the French revolution, but rather about an 1832 action in the
streets of Paris that was a run up to the 1789 revolution which replaced the
Early in the month of October,
1815, about an hour before sunset, a man who was travelling on foot entered the
little town of D——The few inhabitants who were at their windows or on their thresholds
at the moment stared at this traveller with a sort of uneasiness. It was
difficult to encounter a wayfarer of more wretched appearance. He was a man of
medium stature, thickset and robust, in the prime of life. He might have been
forty-six or forty-eight years old. A cap with a drooping leather visor partly
concealed his face, burned and tanned by sun and wind, and dripping with
perspiration. His shirt of coarse yellow linen, fastened at the neck by a small
silver anchor, permitted a view of his hairy breast: he had a cravat twisted
into a string; trousers of blue drilling, worn and threadbare, white on one
knee and torn on the other; an old gray, tattered blouse, patched on one of the
elbows with a bit of green cloth sewed on with twine; a tightly packed soldier
knapsack, well buckled and perfectly new, on his back; an enormous, knotty
stick in his hand; iron-shod shoes on his stockingless feet; a shaved head and
a long beard.
This well-described stranger enters an inn:
The host, hearing the door open and
seeing a newcomer enter, said, without raising his eyes from his stoves:—
"What do you wish, sir?"
"Food and lodging," said the man.
"Nothing easier," replied
the host. At that moment he turned his head, took in the traveller's appearance
with a single glance, and added, "By paying for it."
The man drew a large leather purse
from the pocket of his blouse, and answered, "I have money."
"In that case, we are at your
service," said the host.
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