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Adapted for stage and screen, loved by millions, Victor Hugo's classic novel of love and tragedy set in 19th century France is reborn in this fantastic new manga edition! Gorgeous and expressive art brigns to life the unforgettable stories of Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, and the tragic Fantine in this epic adaptation of Les Misérables!


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Adapted for stage and screen, loved by millions, Victor Hugo's classic novel of love and tragedy set in 19th century France is reborn in this fantastic new manga edition! Gorgeous and expressive art brigns to life the unforgettable stories of Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, and the tragic Fantine in this epic adaptation of Les Misérables!

30 review for Manga Classics: Les Misérables

  1. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a free ebook in exchange for an honest review! Les Mis is a story really close to my heart because the symbolism and how tiny details at the beginning of the book come around and affect the ending completely gut me. I have yet to brave reading the actual book, but this manga combined with the movie is a great appetizer to understand the story before I attempt to conquer the brick. I think this adaptation was faithful, showed more than the movie had time t Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a free ebook in exchange for an honest review! Les Mis is a story really close to my heart because the symbolism and how tiny details at the beginning of the book come around and affect the ending completely gut me. I have yet to brave reading the actual book, but this manga combined with the movie is a great appetizer to understand the story before I attempt to conquer the brick. I think this adaptation was faithful, showed more than the movie had time to, and was still easy to understand. Since I already know the story so well, I can't judge if it would be good for a first time reader, but my favorite parts were just as impactful as I was hoping. My only complaint is that the drawing style of this sometimes felt juvenile, and for a book about the French revolution and death and prostitution, its delivery in certain areas was lacking. Nevertheless, I'm still sniffling as I write this review because I will never get over how much I adore Jean Valjean and Marius and Cosette.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    *3.5 stars* This was a very poignant story. Actually, I don’t recall ever reading a manga that brought tears to my eyes. Be aware that you won’t turn the last page with the same emotional state as when you turned the very first. This is an adaptation and not a retelling. While I haven’t read the classic, I know a bit of its story and I’m pretty sure that the content in this manga is very similar to the original story. Plus, after reading Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice, I do trust the author *3.5 stars* This was a very poignant story. Actually, I don’t recall ever reading a manga that brought tears to my eyes. Be aware that you won’t turn the last page with the same emotional state as when you turned the very first. This is an adaptation and not a retelling. While I haven’t read the classic, I know a bit of its story and I’m pretty sure that the content in this manga is very similar to the original story. Plus, after reading Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice, I do trust the author on that point. While I thought this was an emotional yet very enjoyable read, there are some elements that could have been better, especially regarding the art. For example, Cosette (daughter of Fantine), as she grows up, has a too similar appearance as when she was a little kid and even in her personality. I also didn’t see much change in her personailty which is not a BAD thing since she is a wonderful person but that did make her character less realistic. Also, Marius is…cute but way too simple as for his appearance. I’m not sure how he was meant to be in the book, but I just looked up the actor in the new movie adaptation and the man playing his character is so handsome compared to the one in this manga. Look at how handsome he is in the movie: That's how he was supposed to look in the manga as well. STILL, the art was very beautiful and it portrayed the society very well. Almost every character felt alive and they were the ones making this manga as good as it is, in my opinion. While the plot is filled with twists and turns and heart wrecking scenes, there were some times when everything went just…too fast! Everything is explained well and I can easily tell you the story myself after reading this but I think a good 100 more pages would have been very welcome, ESPECIALLY regarding the scenes in which Cosette and Marius fell in love because I had trouble, during the reading, believing in their love as much as I’d wished to. The ending made up for it a little though. It was wonderful yet heartbreaking. Really, the manga was well done and the dialogs very realistic for that Century. It did made me want to read the original classic but I am sure I will do so in French (language I'm the most familiar with) since I’m positive the story is more complicated and detailed in the novel. Recommended for lovers of beautiful mangas and Les Misérables. There are some pretty great themes in this story that’ll even make you think for a second at how lucky you are. Because you, who are able to read this right now, are. **ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hamad

    “Nobody loves the light like the blind man.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables I like the idea of turning Classics into Manga, I didn't read the original book. I know the story only through watching the movie, many of my friends LOVED the movie and they were hyped so much that I ended up disappointed after watching it. For those like me who can not simply risk reading a 1463 pages long book and end up disappointed, this is an amazing alternative, we can read this fast and get to know the story! I kno “Nobody loves the light like the blind man.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables I like the idea of turning Classics into Manga, I didn't read the original book. I know the story only through watching the movie, many of my friends LOVED the movie and they were hyped so much that I ended up disappointed after watching it. For those like me who can not simply risk reading a 1463 pages long book and end up disappointed, this is an amazing alternative, we can read this fast and get to know the story! I know I will be reading the Manga versions of Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre because I don't have a single clue about them. I rated the book 3 stars as there were some very cheesy pages that can't be ignored.

  4. 5 out of 5

    [Shai] The Bibliophage

    This is one of the best classic stories I've read so far. and thanks to this graphic novel that I was able to read the entire story of Les Miserables. I watched the movie, and have read the story; and now, I'm looking forward to be able to see in person the musical in the future. I may also add that while reading the part of Eponine's unrequited love, I can't help myself from singing On My Own – my favorite song in the musical – especially on the part where she always see Cosette and Marius toge This is one of the best classic stories I've read so far. and thanks to this graphic novel that I was able to read the entire story of Les Miserables. I watched the movie, and have read the story; and now, I'm looking forward to be able to see in person the musical in the future. I may also add that while reading the part of Eponine's unrequited love, I can't help myself from singing On My Own – my favorite song in the musical – especially on the part where she always see Cosette and Marius together. Just like me, I think a lot of readers would be able to sympathized with her because once or twice in their life, they have experienced Eponine's predicament.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Aya Hamza

    This is my second read of these "Manga Classics", and it never disappoints! This time, I am familiar with the story of "Les Miserables". I grew up watching the animated version of it and I love it. I never tried reading the book because it is massive. So, reading this manga was refreshing and I think they did an amazing job representing the story in a new format! The art is amazing as usual. The story didn't feel rushed.. I thought the pacing of it was pretty good. Highly recommend checking this o This is my second read of these "Manga Classics", and it never disappoints! This time, I am familiar with the story of "Les Miserables". I grew up watching the animated version of it and I love it. I never tried reading the book because it is massive. So, reading this manga was refreshing and I think they did an amazing job representing the story in a new format! The art is amazing as usual. The story didn't feel rushed.. I thought the pacing of it was pretty good. Highly recommend checking this one out! *Thank you to NetGalley and UDON Entertainment for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy of this in exchange for a review. I had heard of this story, movie adaptions, plays. I’d seen the advertisement of a little blonde girl, dirty and sad. This Manga read introduced me to the story, and I must say, they excelled at this. I became so absorbed into the story I lost track of time and stopped realizing the medium I used to read it. My heart stirred into eyes of tears several times, which I’m sure many find the norm. Dry eyes become an anomaly with a p Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy of this in exchange for a review. I had heard of this story, movie adaptions, plays. I’d seen the advertisement of a little blonde girl, dirty and sad. This Manga read introduced me to the story, and I must say, they excelled at this. I became so absorbed into the story I lost track of time and stopped realizing the medium I used to read it. My heart stirred into eyes of tears several times, which I’m sure many find the norm. Dry eyes become an anomaly with a plot this well-constructed and full of moral and spiritual depth. I can’t imagine a dry eye in a theatrical production of this story. I must read this novel, soon. Thank you to the creators of this piece. I enjoyed it, and it impacted me in a profound way. The pictures and facial expressions, the chosen graphic designs, impact the mind as well as words and a script. I’m happy these books release to the public, and Manga readers, and children, can be introduced to high-quality, timeless literature.

  7. 5 out of 5

    MissBecka

    Thank you NetGalley and Udon Entertainment for this DRC. I think this was the perfect medium for me to experience Les Miserables for the first time. Friends have been telling me I should read it for years. "It's a beautiful classic" they say. Myself. I found the story a bit dry. The beautiful drawings were what kept me turning the pages. Absolutely breathtaking! I am excited to check out more of the Manga Classics series, especially books I have been on the fence about reading.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    I fully expected this to be terrible. Bad art, bad writing, bad adaptation, insulting to those of us who love M. Hugo's masterwork. I bought it and read it anyways. Because I had to know just how bad it was, and because I couldn't pass it by on the off chance that it was actually good. I know, the first step is admitting you have a problem, and I admitted that when I clicked the Add to Cart button. Imagine my surprise when it's actually... Well, maybe not good, but at least decent. The art is fin I fully expected this to be terrible. Bad art, bad writing, bad adaptation, insulting to those of us who love M. Hugo's masterwork. I bought it and read it anyways. Because I had to know just how bad it was, and because I couldn't pass it by on the off chance that it was actually good. I know, the first step is admitting you have a problem, and I admitted that when I clicked the Add to Cart button. Imagine my surprise when it's actually... Well, maybe not good, but at least decent. The art is fine. Not the nicest looking stuff I've ever seen, but unobjectionable. Considering that I was expecting garbage, I was quite pleasantly surprised. There was definite effort to make this look like a manga version of early 19th century Paris. Most of the character designs work, following the descriptions in the books fairly closely through a manga-style filter. I was particularly happy with Enjolras, even if I was confused by Javert's hair. Again, better than I'd expected. The adaptation tries very hard to get as much as possible into the book, which is kind of nice, for the most part. But it does mean that there are a lot of things introduced really really quickly, so I doubt this would work very well for anyone who isn't already quite familiar with the story. For my part, I enjoyed seeing just how much was put into the adaptation, and it was always a pleasant surprise to see a part that I liked, that I didn't expect to be represented. In general, I got the impression that it was adapted by someone with a good sense of the book. Now time for some pedantic nerdery, that probably won't be terribly interesting to anyone who isn't in love with the original. Feel free to skip it. More than once, the writer shuffled scenes around, presumably for dramatic effect. I would have much rather they'd been left in the original order. Likewise, if you're going to have to describe what happened in an important scene in any event, why skip it? The biggest offender here is Marius telling Cosette that he'll ask his grandfather permission to marry her, then on the next page saying that he'd been denied. Why not just show the scene? Likewise, if you're going to show Javert busting Thenardier and Patron Minette, why not let him use everybody's favorite book Javert line in the process? I also noticed some jarringly modern sounding line. It made parts sound like Rose's translation, which is not a good thing to me. Not sure how those crept in. One last thing, and I swear this is it. It seems the writer very much loves the line from Enjolras's description about cherubs vs. cherubim (ie, he's pretty but fierce and you can't pick him up, girls) and wanted very badly to include it. But she took it entirely out of context, putting the words in Enjolras's mouth to mean something else entirely. Not only is it weird to have a character say a line that's meant to describe himself, it doesn't make sense in the context she used it. It was a little too weird to me. The tl;dr is that this is actually a fairly decent adaptation, for a single-volume manga. I enjoyed it well more than I had thought that I would, because the art is rather nice, the characters look basically as they should, and there was a definite effort to make it as faithful to the original as possible. But it wasn't without flaws, some of which were kind of annoying to me. I don't think this would be a good introduction to Les Miserables to someone who's totally uninitiated, but it would at least be faster than reading the real thing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lara Mi

    After finishing all of Manga Classics' Austen adaptations, Les Misérables came as a beautiful surprise. I enjoyed the Austen ones, but I feel this one is of a much higher quality - and that already starts with the artist. The artist of this and the Austen ones are different - although I enjoyed several aspects of the Austen ones, this style strikes me as much more refined. Art and style are, of course, a matter of personal taste. But the artist of Les Misérables proves capable of a wide range of After finishing all of Manga Classics' Austen adaptations, Les Misérables came as a beautiful surprise. I enjoyed the Austen ones, but I feel this one is of a much higher quality - and that already starts with the artist. The artist of this and the Austen ones are different - although I enjoyed several aspects of the Austen ones, this style strikes me as much more refined. Art and style are, of course, a matter of personal taste. But the artist of Les Misérables proves capable of a wide range of character designs, a variety of scenes and backdrops, and well-proportioned characters throughout. The use of chibi characters is also left to a minimum - I just always felt those were out of place in the Austen ones. I have never read the original novel so the only comparison I can draw is with the movie adaptation. Les Misérables's story seems to contain so much, I imagine it difficult to cut it down to a single volume manga length. I think the authors have dealt with it wonderfully. The story has a steady flow and anyone who isn't familiar with the original story ought to be able to follow. Nonetheless, someone who does know more about the story will probably get more out of it. I think this is a particularly nice manga adaption and it made me look forward to reading the rest of the Manga Classics as they are by the same artist who's style I find very beautiful and appealing!

  10. 5 out of 5

    BAM The Bibliomaniac

    A big thank you to Udon Entertainment and Netgalley for this free copy in exchange for an unbiased review. Since it's manga I've already had a sneak peek at the animation scrolling to the beginning, and it's just so striking! Absolutely superb! This was the first manga I've ever read and I found the format very easy to follow. This WAS Les Mis at its finest. I cried at all of the spots I typically break down. Fantine breaks my heart. I can't help it. I felt her despondency and heartbreak in these A big thank you to Udon Entertainment and Netgalley for this free copy in exchange for an unbiased review. Since it's manga I've already had a sneak peek at the animation scrolling to the beginning, and it's just so striking! Absolutely superb! This was the first manga I've ever read and I found the format very easy to follow. This WAS Les Mis at its finest. I cried at all of the spots I typically break down. Fantine breaks my heart. I can't help it. I felt her despondency and heartbreak in these illustrations. The same at the barricade and at the end when Valjean is reunited with Cosette. Just perfect depictions. The plot was spot on and I am verging on saying that if someone was assigned this in a lit class you could just about get away with reading this version and passing a test. This book has opened a door into a new genre for me. I'm really interested in looking for more classics given this treatment. I'm just so impressed. Great job!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    I usually don't read graphic novels, but when I do it's usually at the urging of a friend. I have, however, read Les Miserables and was deeply impressed. I was really pretty stunned by the story and left thinking it was the greatest book ever written. In fact, my complete five-star review of the book reads "Possibly the best novel ever written. Wow." Not my longest or most descriptive review, but one of the most honest. A very good friend of mine has been reading Les Miserables for quite a while I usually don't read graphic novels, but when I do it's usually at the urging of a friend. I have, however, read Les Miserables and was deeply impressed. I was really pretty stunned by the story and left thinking it was the greatest book ever written. In fact, my complete five-star review of the book reads "Possibly the best novel ever written. Wow." Not my longest or most descriptive review, but one of the most honest. A very good friend of mine has been reading Les Miserables for quite a while now and keeps me up to date with her progress and bringing up points I have forgotten about in the last few years. So, I picked up this Magna Classic as a refresher. First this is written in the Japanese standard style. The reader will start at what would be the last page of a Western book and proceed "backwards" and read from right to left. I have an electronic copy so other than reading right to left I just wipe my finger opposite and do not notice a difference. Les Miserables is about 1,500 pages of prose and converting that into a graphic novel would seem like a challenge in itself. This book contains three hundred and fifty illustrated pages. I was expecting this edition to be the equivalent of a movie of a great book and be a disappointment. I very wrong in my initial judgment of the book. The key points and the spirit of the story are fully intact in this version of the book. The art adds to the limited words and gives a fuller grasp of the story and themes than one would expect. The art is good and falls into the manga style. Javert has two spikes of hair that stick out in front of his face. Jean seems more Western in appearance. Most important is the portrayal of Cosette. For me, and I would imagine for many, the Émile Bayard's 1886 engraving of little Cosette sweeping with an enormous broom is burned into my brain. Many who are nor familiar with the book easily recognize the engraving as Les Miserables. In the manga edition, Cosette keeps all her charisma, but with a slight anime touch to it. Very well done. I have not seen the recent Les Miserables movie for fear of ruining a great book experience. I took a change with Manga Classics version of the book and was not disappointed. Yes, things were left out and not explained thoroughly, but the essence of the novel was captured and it remained true to the themes of the book. This version can clearly stand on its own, probably better than any movie. I am a bit torn recommending it to those who have not read the original novel. The novel is a masterpiece of literature that should be read. However, in this age not many people are willing to read a 1,500 page novel. Likewise, some will be turned off at a 350 page graphic novel. But, if you cannot not find the time to read the original. Read this. It captures the magic of the story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Yzabel Ginsberg

    (I got an ARC of this manga through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.) Though I'm a native speaker and have studied a lot of French classics during my high school and university days, I must admit, and not without shame, that I've never read Les Misérables—not the full version, that is. I only ever laid my hands on parts of it many, many years ago, mostly Cosette's early life story, as well as Gavroche's, and those were adapted for younger readers. In other words, I can't pass judgemen (I got an ARC of this manga through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.) Though I'm a native speaker and have studied a lot of French classics during my high school and university days, I must admit, and not without shame, that I've never read Les Misérables—not the full version, that is. I only ever laid my hands on parts of it many, many years ago, mostly Cosette's early life story, as well as Gavroche's, and those were adapted for younger readers. In other words, I can't pass judgement on this manga adaptation's faithfulness regarding Victor Hugo's original work. However, I can tell that it should at least make a lot of readers want to pick the actual book, and get to know the characters and the missing side stories better. It sure made me. Because some side stories are missing, and the script writer's bit at the end of the manga confirmed this. I do remember, for instance, that there was a part about Fantine's lover/Cosette's real father, and why they were separated. The same way, Gavroche's story was shortened. There just weren't enough pages available in manga format to properly put those in. Now, considering the original stories' complexity, I still think the adaptation was well-done and interesting. The essential story lines remain, and all tie together as they should. The drawings, too, seem to reflect the characters fairly well. Negative characters such as the Thénardiers are easily recognisable to their features. Cosette is cute, as she should be. Fantine's drop from a beautiful woman to a destitute one is clearly shown as well. And the more ambiguous ones, such as Javert and Valjean himself, appear with serious features that allow the illustrator to depict their emotions, especially when they go through rethinking their purposes in life. Overall, the illustrations were really pleasant and fitting. As an adaptation, it might seem a little light in places to someone who already knows the whole work. On the other hand, someone discovering it, or only knowing part of it, would likely be drawn (no pun intended) to pick Hugo's books later on. It's a pretty good thing in my opinion. (Beware, though, of the ebook format—which is the one I got, as an ARC: the PDF reflects the order of the printed pages, which means you have to go to the end of the manga first, and then scroll your way back to the "beginning". I'm used to doing this, so it didn't matter much to me, but it can be surprising and annoying at first.)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joanna (joreadsalot)

    *** Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review *** Okay so out of the three Manga Classics that I requested from Netgalley this was my most anticipated one. I am obsessed with Les Miserable and I have watched every movie adaptation and musical out there. I have gone to see the musical in person in 2015 and I listen to the soundtrack regularly. I'm complete Les Mis trash XD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The only thing I haven't done is read the original *** Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review *** Okay so out of the three Manga Classics that I requested from Netgalley this was my most anticipated one. I am obsessed with Les Miserable and I have watched every movie adaptation and musical out there. I have gone to see the musical in person in 2015 and I listen to the soundtrack regularly. I'm complete Les Mis trash XD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The only thing I haven't done is read the original work because it is a behemoth HOWEVER that doesn't mean that I never will. Its one of the only classics I still wish to read the original version of. So you know that I had to listen to the 25th anniversary edition soundtrack while reading this and once the initial track came on I was in the zone. I opened the manga and instead of being in Toulon I was reading the back story of Fantine meeting the Mr.and Mrs. Thenardier. I was a bit taken aback at first but realized that this was a great way to start the story off too and it answered some questions about how Fantine met them. With my expectations now set that this was not going to be a manga version of the musical, I continued to read. The art was of course beautiful and the overall plot was told well but it did introduce a side character that I never knew about which was Eponine's sister Azelma and it revealed Gavrosh as (view spoiler)[ Eponine's brother (hide spoiler)] . I would have like to know more about both of these relationships in the book and maybe get a bit more overall background on the Thenardiers as a family. Of course doing so would have brought this manga to a page count I was anticipating it to be. I was honestly shocked that the the page count was shorter than 400 pages. Les Mis is like 1500 pages unabridged and to compress it to this size was probably no easy feat. I throughly enjoyed this version of the story anyways and if they had added that information about the Thenardiers this would have been a 5 star read. I still think Les Mis is best enjoyed as a musical but this comes in as a close second. If you've seen the musical, tell me your fave character and song in the comments below. Happy Reading Jo

  14. 5 out of 5

    Arybo ✨

    One day more Another day, another destiny This never-ending road to Calvary These men who seem to know my crime Will surely come a second time One day more A GREAT JOB. Congrats to the artists and writers, they did it well. The drawings are beautiful, delightful and detailed. The plot line is easy to follow, even if there are some side-characters stories. This is one of the multiple adaptations of Les Mis, and I’m glad I read it, because it’s phenomenal. I think you can get this to a teen and she/he w One day more Another day, another destiny This never-ending road to Calvary These men who seem to know my crime Will surely come a second time One day more A GREAT JOB. Congrats to the artists and writers, they did it well. The drawings are beautiful, delightful and detailed. The plot line is easy to follow, even if there are some side-characters stories. This is one of the multiple adaptations of Les Mis, and I’m glad I read it, because it’s phenomenal. I think you can get this to a teen and she/he would love this story. The art style is fabulous, every character has a great description and design. The places are accurately described and the historical accuracy is well presented. A great job, really. I loved Les Mis (film and show), and I can find a lot of scenes that remind me of these adaptations, and I’m so happy about that. There are more things, actually, in this book: the work behind this manga was gigantic, and you can appreciate it looking and studying every little drawing. I love retelling and re-adaptaption, so when I found this book I was super excited. I’m a huge fan of musical taken from books, and I adore reimagined classics. I’m glad I can read a lot of more stories retold, now. Thanks to Udon and to Netgalley, I appreciate their work so much. Thanks to The creators of this manga, I loved the story of Cosette and Valjean again. Thanks. *I received a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    Les Misérables is one of my favorite books ever, and I was very excited to read this one. Adapting a book of more than one thousand pages is always a challenge and I think this manga did a pretty good job of it. If someone without any knowledge of Les Misérables would read this manga, it'd give them the most important part of the story and many others. Of course, I found some scenes missing in this that are pretty important in the story and can give us more perception of some characters, but I k Les Misérables is one of my favorite books ever, and I was very excited to read this one. Adapting a book of more than one thousand pages is always a challenge and I think this manga did a pretty good job of it. If someone without any knowledge of Les Misérables would read this manga, it'd give them the most important part of the story and many others. Of course, I found some scenes missing in this that are pretty important in the story and can give us more perception of some characters, but I know not everything can be in an adaptation. For the art, I found it quite pretty but maybe not the most adapted for this story? The characters were quite round and I expected more personal traits to each of the main characters. So, if you don't know anything about Les Mis but want to know without reading the gigantic book, this manga is a faithful, nice adaptation. And if you already know (and love) Les Mis, this will be a nice read too!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nana ~

    I get this has overall themes of injustice, revolution, helping others in need even if they are your enemies, but it tries to convey this in a very roundabout way. The plot was all over the places and the characters were very cartoon-ish. The bad guy and protagonist have this team rocket/cat and mouse chase going on and it was silly. Then a romance happens out of nowhere (hello, Romeo and Juliet. I didn't see you there underneath all the instalove). The art and the adaptation is good but the nov I get this has overall themes of injustice, revolution, helping others in need even if they are your enemies, but it tries to convey this in a very roundabout way. The plot was all over the places and the characters were very cartoon-ish. The bad guy and protagonist have this team rocket/cat and mouse chase going on and it was silly. Then a romance happens out of nowhere (hello, Romeo and Juliet. I didn't see you there underneath all the instalove). The art and the adaptation is good but the novel itself is where it really lacks for me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tanja

    The good thing about adapting Les Miserables is that you can skip big parts of the book without actually missing any important plot points, but the bad thing is that even after skipping all of those, the book is still huge and you will probably have to rush some storylines. In the case of this adaptation, it’s obvious that some parts are rushed (the revolution, for example). I don’t know how much sense would this story make to somebody who hasn’t read the novel. The art is pretty good except that The good thing about adapting Les Miserables is that you can skip big parts of the book without actually missing any important plot points, but the bad thing is that even after skipping all of those, the book is still huge and you will probably have to rush some storylines. In the case of this adaptation, it’s obvious that some parts are rushed (the revolution, for example). I don’t know how much sense would this story make to somebody who hasn’t read the novel. The art is pretty good except that some characters look really young, but that happens with lots of manga adaptations, so I’m going to forgive that. It’s a pretty decent adaptation but it would be better with additional 100 pages – or maybe the entire story shouldn’t be in one volume.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

    When I saw this, I knew I had to give it a try-classics in the form of manga? Sign me up! While I do own a copy of the largely (literally) intimidating novel, I’ve always been hesitant to pick it up so I’ve only seen the movie. Reading Les Misérables this way was enjoyable, and I feel more inclined to pick up the original now that I have a taste for the story. It only ever felt shortened because of the time jumps, which were obviously necessary, but they did rush the story a bit. However, the man When I saw this, I knew I had to give it a try-classics in the form of manga? Sign me up! While I do own a copy of the largely (literally) intimidating novel, I’ve always been hesitant to pick it up so I’ve only seen the movie. Reading Les Misérables this way was enjoyable, and I feel more inclined to pick up the original now that I have a taste for the story. It only ever felt shortened because of the time jumps, which were obviously necessary, but they did rush the story a bit. However, the manga still stands strong on its own and tells what feels like a full story. I had no problem connecting to any of the characters, I felt for all of them. The visual format helped get emotions across really well, also. Speaking of the visuals, the artwork is really well done, as you can probably tell by the cover. The characters, the writing, and the pacing are all really solid, nothing ever felt too slimmed down. I would definitely recommend this people who are curious about the classic but do not wish to trek through 1463 pages of the original. Not only is this a gorgeous manga, it’s also a great adaption of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Y. C.

    This is quite well done for a manga adaptation. It has all the major plot plots as well as the required dialogue, but it is a very simplified version and missing some scenes I thought should have been added. This made the events random seeming, which, considering how random and slightly unreasonable the original text was, it can create a bit of a problem. Non of the characters introduced in the late half received their share of the book, so character deaths lacked impact. Please note that I am r This is quite well done for a manga adaptation. It has all the major plot plots as well as the required dialogue, but it is a very simplified version and missing some scenes I thought should have been added. This made the events random seeming, which, considering how random and slightly unreasonable the original text was, it can create a bit of a problem. Non of the characters introduced in the late half received their share of the book, so character deaths lacked impact. Please note that I am referring to the novel not the movie when I say you're missing scenes. However, I am aware that this is a manga, and you have only so much space to create a story. The art is superb. It's beautiful and I think it fits the style of the french revolution, quick strokes and fine lines. As well, the pictures themselves were expressive enough without the words.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    I received a copy of this from Netgalley, where it was available as a read now title. This is my honest review. Really really great. I've never read Les Mis, I've only seen a few of the movies, and this added a few more things to the story that I was unaware of. It's a really easy to follow adaptation that captures the main elements of the story, and is a great choice for someone who has seen a movie or musical adaptation and wants to read it but is intimidated by Hugo's huge novel. The art was b I received a copy of this from Netgalley, where it was available as a read now title. This is my honest review. Really really great. I've never read Les Mis, I've only seen a few of the movies, and this added a few more things to the story that I was unaware of. It's a really easy to follow adaptation that captures the main elements of the story, and is a great choice for someone who has seen a movie or musical adaptation and wants to read it but is intimidated by Hugo's huge novel. The art was beautiful and all the character designs were spot on. There was nothing about this that I didn't like. Highly recommend.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Angel

    "Though the people have abandoned us, we will not abandon the people!" 3.5/5 I've always loved reading manga. It's a thing I get teased about in school (all in good humour, of course), but I truly love the style and the art and those hilarious reactions of some characters. (If you've ever read a manga, you know what I'm talking about-those angry white eyes and that popping vein is one of my favourites.) I have not read Les Mis. I tried to, but the writing style was just too difficult, and I remem "Though the people have abandoned us, we will not abandon the people!" 3.5/5 I've always loved reading manga. It's a thing I get teased about in school (all in good humour, of course), but I truly love the style and the art and those hilarious reactions of some characters. (If you've ever read a manga, you know what I'm talking about-those angry white eyes and that popping vein is one of my favourites.) I have not read Les Mis. I tried to, but the writing style was just too difficult, and I remember I'd been crammed with work by then, so I'd just left it. I could read it if I wanted to, but I always get discouraged when I look at the 1200-something pages. I have watched a bit of the musical though, as well as the movie, so I'd known about half the plot when I'd started reading this. While I have never finished the musical, I can tell that that the author and all the people involved did their best to get the facts as accurate and correct as possible. The first half of the plot, the one I did know, was presented like how I remember it, so the accuracy of this adaptation isn't an issue at all. In fact, I think this is a good read for those who don't want to get through a thick book, or watch the musical/the movie. It's fast, and gets the most important parts of the story, while maintaining the poignancy of it all. Some scenes were really heart-breaking for me. Whether you would like it or not, however, depends on you. A lot of people aren't used to the manga style, so they may not find this enjoyable. Others may not want to read a dark, touching tale in such a format. However, there are some issues that I came across, which kind of spoiled the experience for me. To start with, the art of Cosette as a child, compared to the art of Cosette as an adult, are both very similar. In fact, I think there's hardly a difference, besides the height; she still looks a lot like a twelve-year-old. This becomes even more off-putting when she starts to fall in love. Not to mention, the story is very fast-paced. We jump from oppressed-and-abused-Cosette to happy-and-in-love-Cosette real fast. And then comes the fight for freedom, and Jean moving away and coming back-and while I loved the illustrations of the scenes and the portrayal of every character's joy/pain/disappointment, I do wish another hundred or so pages were added to give the reader some time to process what was happening. Of course, it's impossible to include every thing from a 1200-page classic into a manga-kinda like how it is when making a movie based on a book-but more development would have been welcome, as well as more background info on some secondary characters. Nevertheless, I did enjoy this adaptation; the artwork is really beautiful, and it's really faithful to the original plot. Looking forward to reading more of these! (Thanks to Netgalley and UDON Entertainment for providing me with an e-copy in exchange for an honest review.)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Fabiola

    4-* The right words to describe this book is: graceful. While not possessing Hugo's Les Misérables intensity and completeness (Ed.: but no adaptations has that power), this Manga Classics' volume is well-adapted and, in the end, it results to be a lovely reading. I liked the drawings very much: in my opinion, the art is really delightful as well as realistic in portraying the society of the time. The only point I want to make is that I recommend this manga to those who have already read Hugo's origi 4-* The right words to describe this book is: graceful. While not possessing Hugo's Les Misérables intensity and completeness (Ed.: but no adaptations has that power), this Manga Classics' volume is well-adapted and, in the end, it results to be a lovely reading. I liked the drawings very much: in my opinion, the art is really delightful as well as realistic in portraying the society of the time. The only point I want to make is that I recommend this manga to those who have already read Hugo's original opera: there are some elements introduced very quickly and, besides, some scenes appear to go too fast. If there had been a hundred (or even fifty) pages more, surely many aspects would have been treated better, although I think the authors have succeeded in their intent, as I really enjoyed reading this graphic adaptation. The historical background, on the other hand, is well-explained and the story itself is absolutely understandable... but, yes, a reader of Hugo will appreciate it more. My eyes sparkled in seeing represented some particular passages and I couldn't stop myself from singing the musical's songs! To me, it's a Yes! Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Swathi Shetty

    Basic plot: The story is about a woman who as an illegitimate child and is condemned by the society. When she finally gets a job to support herself and the child. Meanwhile she leaves the child in the care of a family who are greedy for money and treats the child badly. Will the mother be able to see her child again? Who is Jean Valjean? Why was he convicted and what is his role in the story? What I Liked? A great story. I wonder why I never read it before. A very interesting plot. The illustratio Basic plot: The story is about a woman who as an illegitimate child and is condemned by the society. When she finally gets a job to support herself and the child. Meanwhile she leaves the child in the care of a family who are greedy for money and treats the child badly. Will the mother be able to see her child again? Who is Jean Valjean? Why was he convicted and what is his role in the story? What I Liked? A great story. I wonder why I never read it before. A very interesting plot. The illustrations are so perfect. Also the characters are so good. I will never forget them for a long long time. I teared up many a times seeing the situation of Fantine and Cosette. Jean Valjean was such a strong unforgettable character as well. What I disliked? Absolutely nothing. Everything was just spot on perfect and as usual super good like all the other manga classics. Keep up the good job! Looking forward to read more of them. ARC provided by Udon Entertainment via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elliot A

    I was auto-approved by the publisher Udon Entertainment through NetGalley to review this title. I haven’t had the opportunity to read the original text yet, but I am somewhat familiar with the story as a whole thanks to the numerous film productions that are available. I must say this is a very sad and heart wrenching story. I appreciated that this adaption was able to tell the story more through the artwork than get tangled up in lengthy dialogue that could have distracted from the narration. The I was auto-approved by the publisher Udon Entertainment through NetGalley to review this title. I haven’t had the opportunity to read the original text yet, but I am somewhat familiar with the story as a whole thanks to the numerous film productions that are available. I must say this is a very sad and heart wrenching story. I appreciated that this adaption was able to tell the story more through the artwork than get tangled up in lengthy dialogue that could have distracted from the narration. The artwork was beautiful, yet I had some difficulty reading the smaller text in the frames, it appeared slightly blurry, but I’m not sure if that was because of my digital version, my tired eyes, or my computer screen. Overall, I would recommend this adaption to anyone, who appreciates the classics and manga comics, although I would caution not to read it when already slightly sad.

  25. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Wiggins

    I quite liked this adaptation. I've always found Les Misérables to be pretty tough going, and the tragedy tended to overwhelm its beauty, so the stripped down format and much faster pacing of a graphic novel/manga version works much better for me. It still touches on the tragedy and fits in much of the complexity, while exposing the story structure more plainly. Also, it's pretty. Great way to introduce a classic in a more accessible way.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    The art of this book adds much to this story by Victor Hugo. The original novel is rather tedious to read and this version made it so much easier to enjoy it and in a timely manner. Definitely would recommend this book to other people who are interested in reading Les Mis but don't want to read the full novel.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Yedhu

    Another beautiful read, and this is my second book from Manga Classics series (and my second Manga!). I haven't read the original book. But I have watched and loved the movie very much. It's heart-touching.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ije the Devourer of Books

    Another excellent retelling of a major classic. Here we have Les Miserables in manga format and it really does the story justice through the graphics and in the way the story is presented. Victor Hugo's novel set in the 19th century is one of drama, passion, desperation, suffering and hope. The story is one with a main plot and sub plots that interweave as the story progresses. As with other classics in this series we are drawn into the story by the art and by the emotions of the characters and h Another excellent retelling of a major classic. Here we have Les Miserables in manga format and it really does the story justice through the graphics and in the way the story is presented. Victor Hugo's novel set in the 19th century is one of drama, passion, desperation, suffering and hope. The story is one with a main plot and sub plots that interweave as the story progresses. As with other classics in this series we are drawn into the story by the art and by the emotions of the characters and how this is conveyed through the drawings. And it is all done extremely well. It is an excellent entry way to a much loved classic. The drama and passion of the story flows across the pages. We enter into the lives of Jean Valjean, a criminal who suffers for a minor crime but who seeks to redeem himself through good acts. We meet Inspector Javert, who is merciless in his quest to hunt for Jean, and Fantine the tragic heroine, who having been abandoned, takes desperate measures to ensure that her daughter is brought up and cared for. And as each character seeks to fulfil a need or a quest, their lives intertwine with each other for good and for ill. This is a really well presented version and the drama and life at the heart of this classic is clearly seen in the drawings. There are also helpful notes at the back of the book explaining how this version of the story was produced. I really enjoyed this. I think it is the best story I have read in this series although all of them have been truly excellent. I hope there will be more manga classics because they are very well presented and enjoyable to read. Copy provided by Udon Entertainment via Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aparajitabasu

    Original Link to the review at my blog Le' Grande Codex - here - - - - I have not yet had the chance to read the huge tome,i.e., Les Miserables but I have seen the 1998 (Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman) and the 2012 (Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway) movies. So, I knew what I was getting into. And turning it into Manga was a pretty brilliant move. Guaranteed to draw the attentions of modern and those of the reluctant ones who have no patients with the classics. Of course Graphic N Original Link to the review at my blog Le' Grande Codex - here - - - - I have not yet had the chance to read the huge tome,i.e., Les Miserables but I have seen the 1998 (Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman) and the 2012 (Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway) movies. So, I knew what I was getting into. And turning it into Manga was a pretty brilliant move. Guaranteed to draw the attentions of modern and those of the reluctant ones who have no patients with the classics. Of course Graphic Novels or Manga lovers too would find this a new gem. Manga caters more towards the graphical representation with to the point words so as a result its actually quite impossible to adapt every word for word from a huge tome like Les Miz but Stacy King and TszMei Lee have done a pretty good job of it. Thus, you get a beautiful graphic representation to this beautiful classic with all the key moments featured. While the graphics are successful in portraying the French Revolution era, the true hardship and despair faced by the characters gets lost in translation. But on the whole the author and illustrator did a great job with this, making it pleasing to the eyes. "A brilliant manga adaptation to the Victor Hugo classic, Les Misérables"

  30. 4 out of 5

    Faith Simon

    I was given a copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This was thoroughly entertaining! As a lover of manga and musicals alike, I really enjoyed seeing the two blended together in artistic and intricate storytelling in the form of manga. The characters were well designed and the art was amazing, the story itself is entirely tear-jerking, but I find it even more so when I'm following along the story in an art form. I just truly appreciated this as a manga. I will say, I was given a copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This was thoroughly entertaining! As a lover of manga and musicals alike, I really enjoyed seeing the two blended together in artistic and intricate storytelling in the form of manga. The characters were well designed and the art was amazing, the story itself is entirely tear-jerking, but I find it even more so when I'm following along the story in an art form. I just truly appreciated this as a manga. I will say, however, that the way in which this is downloaded required me to go to the end of the story to read it at the beginning, as manga is read the opposite way, but the book was downloaded as a typical English book, so I got a few pages in before I determined I was reading it the wrong way. Also, the pages turn left to right, where I'm used to reading manga right to left but turning the pages that way too, this was a tad confusing downloaded as an English book but still having the traits of a Japanese manga. That being said, I really enjoyed this not only because I love manga, this is a great way for visual readers to enjoy an utter classic in a shortened amount of time and without the songs, should one seek to find a medium without the musical numbers. I'm excited to read more from this publisher.

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