Les Misérables by Victor HugoIntroducing one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjean—the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread—Les Misérables ranks among the greatest novels of all time. In it, Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a battle between good and evil, and carries them to the barricades during the uprising of 1832 with a breathtaking realism that is unsurpassed in modern prose. Within his dramatic story are themes that capture the intellect and the emotions: crime and punishment, the relentless persecution of Valjean by Inspector Javert, the desperation of the prostitute Fantine, the amorality of the rogue Thénardier, and the universal desire to escape the prisons of our own minds. Les Misérables gave Victor Hugo a canvas upon which he portrayed his criticism of the French political and judicial systems, but the portrait that resulted is larger than life, epic in scope—an extravagant spectacle that dazzles the senses even as it touches the heart.
Girl, 11, Dies in Plunge From East Harlem High-Rise; Suicide Suspected: NYPD
A preliminary investigation indicates that the mother of three found unconscious outside her East Harlem apartment building over the weekend jumped from the roof in an apparent suicide, top city police officials said Monday. Police initially said they considered her death to be "suspicious," but NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Monday a witness not connected to Boitel gave information indicating she jumped of her own volition. The investigation remains active and ongoing, though, Boyce said. Boitel's boyfriend was questioned after her body was found, but investigators say they do not believe he has any connection to her death. Boitel leaves behind three children and recently became a grandmother.
A woman fell to her death from a fifth-floor window of a Harlem housing development on Saturday, moments after the police arrived in response to an emergency call, the police said. Towers, for a violation of an order of protection, when they spotted Quanneisha Baskerville, 30, hanging from the window ledge just after noon, the police said. She was in the bedroom with two of the children; one child opened the apartment door to allow the officers inside, the police said. The officers entered the apartment and spotted Ms. Baskerville outside of the window before she fell, the police said. Emergency responders transported her to Mount Sinai St. The court filed the order of protection against Ms.
Harlem thief swipes 7 cellphones from women in day robbery spree September 17, pm. A thief robbed seven women of their cellphones as they were walking in Harlem over the course of about 10 days in July, police said Tuesday. The robber, believed to Man found rolled up in carpet outside Harlem Starbucks was shot in chest September 13, am. The man whose lifeless body was found rolled up in a red carpet outside a Harlem Starbucks was shot in the chest, according to the NYPD, which ruled his death See it: Two men captured pushing dead body on shopping cart through Harlem September 12, pm.
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An year-old girl has died after plunging from either a window or the roof of a building in East Harlem, police say. The girl fell at First Avenue Thursday evening, according to police. She was taken in critical condition to Harlem Hospital, where she was declared dead.
Francisco Ferreiras killed his wife because she wanted to return to the Dominican Republic, police said. Tuesday, officials said. Andy Sookdeo's mother had called seeking help for her emotionally disturbed son, officials said. The man, whose name and age weren't immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Nelson Quinones cut his own throat in a botched suicide attempt in the Clinton Houses, family said. Kisha Brown knew her ex for nearly 20 years before killing herself in Queens Monday, officials said. Video shows Kisha Brown chasing her ex-boyfriend down the street near the prison where they both worked.