1. The world's most popular musical. Set around the time of the French revolution, it is based on a novel by Victor Hugo.

2. A novel by Victor Hugo.

3. Several movies, including one with Geoffry Rush, Liam Neeson, and Claire Daines.
To love another person is to see the face of God.-Les Misérables
by Kathe May 19, 2005
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The greatest musical evar. Which is NOT SET DURING THE French Revolution, but the Paris student uprisings of the 1830s. Oy.
Going to see Les Misérables this weekend -- YAY
by joe-nobody September 21, 2005
A Broadway musical based on the novel by Victor Hugo of the same name. Typically assumed to take place during the French Revolution, it in fact is set during the early 1800s, particularly during an uprising against Napoleon III in the 1830s. The plot follows Jean Valjean, a convict who broke parole, rose to become a factory owner and mayor, and adopted the child of a former factory worker-turned prostitue. Throughout the story, Valjean is pursued incessantly by Javert, a policeman who believes that, by God's will, he will recapture Valjean. Other subplots present themselves along the story, including a love triangle between Valjean's adopted daughter (Cosette), a reluctant revolutionary (Marius Pontmercy), and a streetgirl (Eponine Thenardier), and the wheelings and dealing of Eponine's swindling parents. A fantastic novel and a beautiful musical.
Les Miserables, one of the few published works of Victor Hugo, is considered a classic in French literature.
by Medea37 January 18, 2009
My personal favorite musical and book. Musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, the book is written by Victor Hugo.
In this story we follow Jean Valjean, an exconvict who becomes good, but is always being chased by a policeman named Javert
Unlike popular belief Les Miserables is not set during the French Revolution, but after in a student led failed revolution called the June Rebellion

Les Miserables recently celebrated their 25th anniversary as a musical, and in London Jean Valjean is being played by Alfie Boe, Marius is being played by Gareth Gates, Cosette is being played by Katie Hall, and until Thurs Sept 15th 2011 Matt Lucas is playing M. Thenardier
"Les Miserables is set during the French Revoultion"

"No its not idiot! It's set during the June Rebellion!"
by Eponine Thenardier September 11, 2011
A play based on a book which was originally written in French. All of the characters, with the exception of Marius and Cosette, die. It is set during the French Revolution. It was originally preformed on Broadway in 1987.
Do you hear the people sing? Lost in the valley of the night. It is the music of a people who are climbing to the light. For the wretched of the earth there is a flame that never dies. Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise. They will live again in freedom in the garden of the lord. They will walk behind the plowshare. They will put away the sword. The chain will be broken and all men will have their reward. Will you join in our crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me? Somewhere beyond the barricade is there a world you long to see? Do you hear the people sing? Say do you hear the distant drums? It is the future that they bring when tomorrow comes.
by Katie January 02, 2004
The best musical to ever hit htis plannet. Set in the time of the french revolution this brings to life how people lived back then. Eponine ROCKS and Javert is kool. The music is beautiful and meaningful and wonderful to sing. Nothing can beat it.
'Without me, his world will go on turning. A World thats full of happiness that i have never known...I love him, I love Him, I love him... But only on my own...' - Eponine, On my Own
by Eponine July 15, 2004
A good book based on france from the time of napoleon to the time of the revelution mostly centered around the character Jean Valjean and his "daughter" cossete marius falls in love with her and javert is the cop chasing Jean Valjean
Les Miserables is usually a school book
by jimsonisgod September 08, 2005

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