Books by Victor Hugo

LES MISÉRABLES by Victor Hugo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"An epic muddle, all in all. (Graphic fiction. 10-13)"
In typically buoyant cartoons, Williams presents a précis of Hugo's epic. Read full book review >
THE LAST DAY OF A CONDEMNED MAN by Victor Hugo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2003

"But the novella's awkward swings between high emotion and jejune sociological comment and its profusion of accusatory rhetorical questions make it of only minimal literary interest."
This impassioned early (1829) work, which depicts the "six-week death agony and . . . day-long death rattle" of a condemned prisoner awaiting execution, isn't so much fiction as it is a broadside against the barbarity of the guillotine. Read full book review >
THE TOILERS OF THE SEA by Victor Hugo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2002

"Those of us who first 'read' this novel in the Classic Comics version of half a century ago will be grateful to discover that Hugo's impossibly grandiose and overblown yarn remains as perversely irresistible as ever."
Here to help celebrate the great Romantic writer's bicentennial year is a lively new translation of the least known of his massive, unruly masterpieces. Read full book review >
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME by Victor Hugo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The volume lacks power or emotion; adults seeking an alternative—any alternative—to the Disney film may find that this one hardly competes for the hearts and minds of the target audience. (Fiction. 5-8)"
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (40 pp.; $15.95; Sept. 1997; 0-531- 30055-2): A storybook retelling of Hugo's classic of the lonely bellringer and his hopeless love for the beautiful gypsy girl, Esmerelda, whom he rescues from hanging and the evil archdeacon Dom Frollo and reunites with her mother. Read full book review >