For its time, Les Misérables was quite a sensation. It was a hit with many people from all over Europe. Now, more than one hundred years after Hugo finished writing it, we see allusions to it in some places, and even books that show Hugo's influence.
Of course, not counting the atrocious sequels, what books have you read that show an influence from Les Misérables? Any common threads, plots, themes, characters...amusing coincidences?
For instance, one of my other favorite novels (known in our vernacular as "El Filibusterismo", roughly translated in English as "The Rebel" or "The Subversive") was written by my country's national hero Jose Rizal. Rizal's books also focus on politics and the plight of the oppressed in the times that he lived in (late, late 19th century). His novels also feature young radicals, conniving politicians, good clergy, and absolute scumbags.
I asked a teacher about this intriguing coincidence and she told me that yes, Rizal had read "Les Misérables", and was very much influenced by that and Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo". Intriguing information.
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