Contents Preface First Part-Sieur Clubin Book I. The History of a Bad Book II. Mess Lethierry. Book III. Durande and Deruch Book IV. The Bagpipe. Book V. The Revolver. Book VI. The Drunken Steersm and The Sober Captain. Book VII. The Danger of Opening a Book at Random. Second Part Book I. Malicious Gilliatt. Book II. The Labour. Book III. The Struggle. Book IV. Pitfalls in the Way. Third Part Book I. Night and the Moon. Book II. Gratitude and Despotism. Book III. The Departure of the Cashmere.
Though it sold briskly when first published in 1866, Toilers of the Sea, by Victor Hugo (1802-1885), is rarely read in the U.S. today. In time for the bicentenary of Hugo's birth, Modern Library has commissioned a new translation by Scot James Hogarth for the first unabridged English edition of the novel, which tells the story of an illiterate fisherman from the Channel Islands who must free a ship that has run aground in order to win the hand of the woman he loves, a shipowner's daughter. Gilliat, the embattled fisherman, contends with sea storms and monstrous predators that Hugo describes in exhilarating detail. Intended to be part of a triptych with Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, the book laments the living conditions of impoverished workers, while celebrating their ingenuity and discipline.
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May 31, 1991
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