Volume I takes the readers through the life of Jean Valjean, as he grapples with an outcast life as an ex-convict. A chance encounter with a saintly priest sets him on the path of life as an honest and successful man. Meanwhile, he tries to take care of the grisette Fantine and rescue her daughter Cosette, but has to struggle between continuing to hiding his past identity or following his conscience and risk returning to prison…
Originally written as a means of highlighting the value of Gothic architecture, The Hunchback of Notre Dame or Notre Dame de Paris was also one of the first novels to feature lower caste protagonists. The Hunchback of Notre Dame has been translated into English many times and has been adapted into plays, and feature-length films, including the 1996 Disney animated feature of the same name.
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