Review: Manga Classics – Les Misérables

February 18, 2015 Review 41

Review: Manga Classics – Les Misérables
Manga Classics: Les Misérables by Crystal Silvermoon, Stacy King, SunNeko Lee, Victor Hugo
(Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository)

Publisher: UDON Entertainment Corporation
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 336
Release Date: August 19th 2014
Series: Manga Classics
Genres: Adaptations, Comics & Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, manga
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!

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

aliseWhen 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.

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Rating Report
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Overall: 4

41 Responses to “Review: Manga Classics – Les Misérables”

  1. Faye M.

    It’s really good to know that the manga version is solid enough to stand on its own! I’m wary of manga adaptations because I feel like they wouldn’t give the originals the justice they deserve… Hopefully, I’ll see this one in my bookstore. In any case, I have an abridged copy of Les Miserables in English, but bums me the hell out because I want the unabridged one :/ I haven’t read it, but if I do, might as well be the original length!
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    • Alise

      Hmm, I don’t know. As someone who owns the original in it’s near 1500 page glory as and tried to read it, I wouldn’t mind the abridged xD The manga tells the story because it could also be considered an abridged version, although it did pique my interest for the actual novel.

  2. Anna @ Cool Girls Read Too

    I have never actually read a manga book before, or watched anime for that matter (except for the Studio Ghibli movies). I’ve got a few anime TV series recommended by a friend, so I’m gonna start with those soon. I wanna get in on the anime and manga action! XD

    I haven’t read Les Miserables (or seen the film) either… Hmmm… I need to get my life together lol. Great review Alise!
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    • Alise

      Ooh, fun! I love manga and anime, I really hope you find a new interest from your friend’s recs :)

      I definitely don’t blame you, it’s no easy task conquering that book! Thank you!

  3. Kezia

    Sounds perfect for me, Alise! I’ve been wanting to try some classic novels but yeah, they are all sooooo thick I become lazy just by seeing them LOL. The manga seems worth trying.

    • Alise

      I’m the same way, I want to experience the story because CLASSICS but they intimidate me xD It is! See if you are interested in the plot.

    • Alise

      It really did! Kind of like when watching the movie makes you want to read the book and vice versa. Sure, thanks! :)

  4. Cat

    I have a bridged copy from penguin with just the essential plot points from les misérables. it’s about a 1/5 of the book! so crazy. I’ve been seeing this manga around a lot and I just got really excited to read it!

    • Alise

      Whoa, really? I had no idea there was a trimmed version, I will have to check into that. It’s kind of sad though, I wonder how much is filler in the original then O.o

      • Cat

        my abridged version has 227 pages while the most popular unabridged edition has 1476 pages according to bookdepository! of course that the size of the font can be a huge determinant point but you get the idea!

        • Alise

          Dang! I really want to read that then. I have the 1476 page one and I know exactly what you mean-the words are still so small *sobs*

    • Alise

      *bows* I am in awe, you must tell me how you did it, it’s a life goal of mine now. This adaptation was pretty fun, definitely easier on the eyes ;)

    • Alise

      If you like graphic novels or manga I would definitely say to give this one a shot. Or if you would like to read a literary version that’s not the huge monster the original is, HA.

    • Alise

      Can’t blame you there, this is great if you want to know the story but can’t read the novel for whatever reason. Sure! :)

  5. Wattle

    Oh this is such a neat idea, to turn classics into manga! :D I have a problem when it comes to reading classics, I get bored really easily, but this sounds like it might be the perfect solution to that.

    I’m glad it was enjoyable for you! I am most definitely intrigued by it.
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  6. Romi

    I can tell, when I read this, that I’m going to love it! The art is so beautiful on the cover, and it’s such a fantastic idea! I really liked your review, Alise, and it makes me feel sure that this is going to be a really good choice for me to read! (:
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