A vast, magnificent tapestry set against the background of political upheaval in France during the post-Napoleonic era. A cast of hundreds-les miserables, the hapless victims of French society-is woven into the story of an ex-convict, Jean Valjean, and his valiant struggle to redeem his past. A potent social document of poverty, ignorance, and the brutality of man, Les Miserables is also a rousing story, famous for such unrivaled scenes as the spine-tingling chase through the Paris sewers and the brilliant depiction of the Battle of Waterloo. Recommended for grade 10. Published by Pocket Books. 2005 printing. 4 1/8 x 6 7/8 inches. 630 pp. Mature content.