REVIEW by Jen: Manga Classics: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo’s classic novel of love & tragedy during the French Revolution is reborn in this fantastic new manga adaptation by Crystal S. Chan!

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker’s daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

“Les Miz” has been adapted for stage and screen, and loved around the world by millions of readers.

The gorgeous art of SunNeko Lee brings to life the tragic stories of Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, and the beautiful Fantine, in this epic manga production of Les Miserables!






About the Book

Manga Classics: Les Miserables
by Victor Hugo

Manga Classics

Young Adult
Classic Fiction


Publication Date
August 4, 2014

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Jen’s Review

This manga version of the very famous LES MISERABLES was on point. It’s a pretty good mixture of how the story plays out in the musical versus the movie. I love how the story flowed so neatly with the dialogue going on in the small bubbles alongside the beautiful, but simplistic black and white artwork.

It was interesting to be introduced to Eponine’s younger sister, who was cut out of the musical version of Les Miserables. She was a cute addition to this particular version of the story. It was surprising that the Therendiers were next door neighbors to poor Marius (a double entendre pun here hehe). And it’s also interesting to see Marius (in the manga version) found Eponine wounded in an alleyway instead of her being near the barricade. And Eponine rescuing Marius and his friends.

Also, it was also very cool seeing how much of an effect Cosette had on Valjean, her father figure, and watching her growing up (unlike in the musical where we see them meeting each other, and ten minutes later, we see a full grown Cosette). It was nice actually see her grow up in the Manga Classic version.

As you see from my examples, there are slight difference from the musical. I can only guess how it varies from the original book version as I have (surprisingly) never read it. It was a total honor and pleasure to read this manga based on one of the most famous stories of all time, Les Miserables.

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