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It was a harrowing sight to see in the wintertime, the poor child, not yet six years old, shivering under the tatters of what was once a calico dress, sweeping the street before daylight, with an enormous broom in her little red hands, and tears in her large eyes.— Les Mise?rablesLes Miserables is not only a superb adventure, but also a powerful social document. In a world brutalized by poverty and ignorance, convict Jean-Valjean struggles to escape his past and reaffirm his humanity and becomes the gospel of the poor.Hugo's classic tale set against the backdrop of political upheaval in 19th-century France retains its timeless appeal.— Library Journal

Excerpted from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
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