Manga Classics: Les Miserables Hardcover - Victor Hugo

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!


I've been struggling for years to read Les Misérables (the book, that is). When I'm reading I really like the prose, but somehow, I never read very much or long, as I'm still not finished. I started over two years ago. I've since watched the musical and the newest movie-adaptation, so I'm familiar with the rest of the story, but when I came across this manga classic I was very curious to see what they had made from the story.


I was not disappointed, I'd dare say I really liked it. I haven't read enough manga to be able to judge the artwork, but I felt it quite fitted the story. I think they did a good job translating the story into manga, as far as I can tell.(The passages in the book I believed were unnecessary long, like 'Waterloo' are luckily only half a page in the manga).


I think this is a good way of bringing literary classics to people who otherwise might not have read them, (and also for people who, like myself enjoy reading classics). Unlike the book, this manga can be read in a single evening. For now, I feel renewed energy to tackle Mt. Les Mis (I still need to read the last 900 pages, so I better brave myself). I saw they were starting a new series of these manga classic, I'll definitely check out some of the other titles...