If I remember correctly, I posted about seeing the Les Misérables movie back in December and falling absolutely in love with it. That still hasn't gone away. I've been a quiet admirer of Les Mis ever since I was in junior high; I'm particularly fond of the musical... ugh, gorgeous. It was one of the first stage musicals I became interested in when I started taking drama classes in the 8th grade (my desk in that class was also situated conveniently under a huge Les Mis poster), and I read the brick in high school (took me a very long time, too). I knew the story was loved around the world, but it wasn't until the movie came out that I found out just how much people loved it. And so, like every other movie/tv show I become obsessed with, I looked into the online fandom. And wow. There are some passionate Mizzies. It's fascinating and scary and probably the most intense fandom I've been a part of. And allow me to be shallow for a minute, an additional reason I've been heavily invested is -- let's not beat around the bush here -- two words: Aaron Tveit. My precious Broadway boy finally got that recognition he deserves. I mean look at him. I know, I know. Settle down, girls.
Anyway, if you're a fellow fan, you'll notice that the anniversary for the June Rebellion of 1832 is in our midst. I recently got gifted a copy of the movie tie-in edition of the book, but I already own a copy of the same translation (Norman Denny), so I've decided to hold a giveaway. I'm throwing in a copy of the film (Blu-ray + DVD combo)... I have 2 of those, too. The movie discs have only been watched once, and the code to retrieve an online digital copy hasn't been used at all, so everything's in very good condition. This giveaway will start today and end at 11:59pm on... yes, June 7. Same day the barricades fell 181 years ago. Good luck to those who enter!
LES MISÉRABLES by Victor Hugo (2012 edition; first published 1862)
Victor Hugo’s tale of injustice, heroism and love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict determined to put his criminal past behind him. But his attempts to become a respected member of the community are constantly put under threat: by his own conscience, when, owing to a case of mistaken identity, another man is arrested in his place; and by the relentless investigations of the dogged policeman Javert. It is not simply for himself that Valjean must stay free, however, for he has sworn to protect the baby daughter of Fantine, driven to prostitution by poverty. A compelling and compassionate view of the victims of early nineteenth-century French society, Les Misérables is a novel on an epic scale, moving inexorably from the eve of the battle of Waterloo to the July Revolution of 1830.
This striking edition features the widely celebrated and eminently readable translation by Norman Denny.
LES MISÉRABLES directed by Tom Hooper (2012)
Hugh Jackman, Academy Award winner Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway star in this critically-acclaimed adaptation of the epic musical phenomenon. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Mis‚rables tells the story of ex-prisoner Jean Valjean (Jackman), hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe), after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. This enthralling story is a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit and "an unforgettable experience".
Since the film is a Region 2 DVD, this contest is open to Canada and the United States residents only.
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