New ebook available @ Project Gutenberg: Les Misérables v. 5-5 by Victor Hugo


Les Misérables v. 5-5Les Misérables v. 5-5 by Victor Hugo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Translator: Frederic Charles Lascelles Wraxall

Release Date: April 18, 2015 [EBook #48735]

Language: English

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Vol 5: Jean Valjean

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Page 87:

“From the Tuileries to the Luxembourg there is only the distance which separates the royalty from
the peerage; and that is not far. It is going to rain musketry.”

New ebook available @ Project Gutenberg: Les Misérables v. 4-5 by Victor Hugo


Les Misérables v. 4-5Les Misérables v. 4-5 by Victor Hugo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Translator: Frederic Charles Lascelles Wraxall

Release Date: April 18, 2015 [EBook #48734]

Language: English

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Vol 4: The Idyll and the Epic

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Page 20:

In such a case, this is what occurs to political philosophers: at the same time as wearied men claim rest, accomplished facts demand guarantees, for guarantees for facts are the same thing as repose for men. It is this that England asked of the Stuart after the Protector, and what France asked of the Bourbons after the Empire. These guarantees are a necessity of the times, and they must be granted. The Princes concede them, but in reality it is the force of things that gives them. This is a profound truth and worth knowing, which the Stuarts did not suspect in 1662, and of which the Bourbons did not even gain a glimpse in 1814.

Page 25:

In this way they say peace is secured after the revolution, that is to say, the necessary time for repairing the house and dressing the wounds. A dynasty hides the scaffolding and covers the hospital. Now, it is not always easy to obtain a dynasty, although the first man of genius or the first adventurer met with is sufficient to make a king.

Page 261:

Slang is the language of the dark. Thought is affected in its gloomiest depths, and social philosophy is harassed in its most poignant undulations, in the presence of this enigmatical dialect, which is at once branded and in a state of revolt.

New ebook available @ Project Gutenberg: Les Misérables v. 3-5 by Victor Hugo


Les Misérables v. 3-5Les Misérables v. 3-5 by Victor Hugo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

Translator: Frederic Charles Lascelles Wraxall

Release Date: April 18, 2015 [EBook #48733]

Language: English

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I made the proofreading the 1st edition of this book in English forFree Literature, published by Little, Brown and Company, in 1887.

Vol 3: Marius

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New ebook available @ Project Gutenberg: Les Misérables v. 2-5 by Victor Hugo


Les Misérables v. 2-5Les Misérables v. 2-5 by Victor Hugo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Translator: Frederic Charles Lascelles Wraxall

Release Date: April 18, 2015 [EBook #48732]

Language: English

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Vol 2: Cosette

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Page 13:

“If you like to give me three francs, sir, I will tell you all about the battle of Waterloo.”

Page 14:

If it had not rained on the night between the 17th and 18th June, 1815, the future of Europe would have been changed; a few drops of rain more or less made Napoleon oscillate.

Page 46:

Other fatalities were yet to arise. Was it possible for Napoleon to win the battle? We answer in the negative. Why? On account of Wellington, on account of Blücher? No; on account of God. Buonaparte, victor at Waterloo, did not harmonize with the law of the 19th century.

When the earth is suffering from an excessive burden, there are mysterious groans from the shadow, which the abyss hears. Napoleon had been denounced in infinitude, and his fall was decided. He had angered God. Waterloo is not a battle, but a transformation of the Universe.

Page 66:

The man who won the battle of Waterloo was not Napoleon routed; it was not Wellington giving ground at four o’clock, driven to despair at five; it was not Blücher, who had not fought at all: the man who won the battle of Waterloo was Cambronne.

Page 78:

If you wish to understand what revolution is, call it progress; and if you wish to understand what progress is, call it to-morrow.

Page 131:

Cosette measured with the simple and sad sagacity of childhood the abyss which separated her from this doll. She said to herself that a person must be a queen or a princess to have a “thing” like that. She looked at the fine dress, the long smooth hair, and thought, “How happy that doll must be!” She could not take her eyes off this fantastic shop, and the more she looked the more dazzled she became, and she fancied she saw Paradise.

New ebook available @ Project Gutenberg: Les Misérables v. 1-5 by Victor Hugo


Les Misérables v. 1-5Les Misérables v. 1-5 by Victor Hugo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Translator: Frederic Charles Lascelles Wraxall

Release Date: April 18, 2015 [EBook #48731]

Language: English

PART PREMIER FANTINE

BOSTON: LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY. 1887

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PUBLISHERS’ PREFACE.

The present edition of “LES MISÉRABLES,” in five volumes, has been made with the special object of supplying the work in a proper form for library use, embodying the two great requisites, clear type and handy size. It is in the main a reprint of the English translation, in three volumes, by Sir Lascelles Wraxall, which was made with the sanction and advice of the author. Chapters and passages omitted in the English edition have been specially translated for the present issue; numerous errors of the press, etc., have been corrected; and the author’s own arrangement of the work in five parts, and his subdivisions into books and chapters, have been restored.
BOSTON, Sept. 1, 1887.

PREFACE

So long as, by the effect of laws and of customs, social degradation shall continue in the midst of civilization, making artificial hells, and subjecting to the complications of chance the divine destiny of man; so long as the three problems of the age,—the debasement of man by the proletariat, the ruin of woman by the force of hunger, the destruction of children in the darkness,—shall not be solved; so long as anywhere social syncope shall be possible: in other words, and from a still broader point of view, so long as ignorance and misery shall remain on earth, books like this cannot fail to be useful.
HAUTEVILLE-HOUSE, 1862.

New ebook available @ Project Gutenberg: Calvary, by Octave Mirbeau


CalvaryCalvary by Octave Mirbeau

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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TRANSLATED BY LOUIS RICH

(From the original French “Le Calvaire”)

NEW YORK, LIEBER & LEWIS, MCMXXII

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Le Calvaire is a thinly veiled autobiographical novel, which recounts the tortured and traumatic coming of age of the narrator Jean Mintie. It paints a nightmarish picture of late nineteenth century French society: from the stultifying boredom of bourgeois provincialism, to the horrors of the Franco-Prussian war, the grotesque avarice of shameless women and the moral bankruptcy of their compliant victims. Mintie’s progress through life is a descent into Hell, a plumbing of the lower depths, the martyrdom of a godless man in a godless age. The publication of Le Calvaire in 1886 marked a brilliant beginning for the Angry Young Man of the Age, who went on to flay the Establishment in Torture Garden and The Diary of a Chambermaid.

The French version is available at Project Gutenberg.

Opening lines:
I was born one evening in October at Saint-Michel-les-Hêtres, a small town in the department of Orne, and I was immediately christened by the name of Jean-François-Marie-Mintié. To celebrate in a fitting manner my coming into this world, my godfather, who was my uncle, distributed a lot of dainties, threw many coppers and other small coins to a crowd of country boys gathered on the church steps. One of them, while struggling with his comrades, fell so awkwardly on the sharp edge of a stone that he broke his neck and died the following day. As for my uncle, when he returned home he contracted typhoid fever and passed away a few weeks later. My governess, old Marie, often related these incidents to me with pride and admiration.

Book review: A Distant Hero by Emma Drummond, Elizabeth Darrell


A Distant HeroA Distant Hero by Emma Drummond

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the family saga of the Ashleighs of Knightshill.

The patriarch and master of Knigtshill, General Sir Gilliard Ashleigh is mainly concerning with two important social events: the Khartoum Dinner which is provided by the military guests who revived, memories of their brave lives; the Waterloo Ball, a dinner made in honour the memory of the family hero.

Sir Gilliard has four living grandsons and granddaughters: Vorne, a supposed hero in the Karthoum siege (A Question of Honor); Vere who become his heir on the death of Vorne, a painter of battles; Caroline, who had a love affair with an Italian poet while her husband was in India; she left her daughter Kate in order to be raised with her sister, Charlotte; and finally Valentine, the eldest grandson who decided to enlist at the 57th Lancers Cavalry Regiment by using his middle name, Martin Havelock.

In this second volume of this saga, the Boer War is described with some details through Val’s eyes, showing some interesting aspects of this important war in South Africa.

Its sequel is Act of Valour.

5* Beyond All Frontiers
4* A Question of Honour
4* A Distant Hero
TR Forget The Glory
TR Scarlet Shadows
TR The Burning Land