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May 15, 2012

NEW POSTERS: Les Misérables, Great Expectations, Middlemarch

Here they are! Three new posters added to our growing collection of book posters.   Les Misérables (24×36″ – 61x91cm) Les Miserables poster  
The Les Misérables poster is created using Books 1 to 5 - up to chapter 12 from the last book (The Descent). Les Misérables, Victor Hugo’s classic tale of redemption and forgiveness,  takes place in the volatile and colorful historical setting of late 17th century France and spans a period of over four decades – leading us from the prisons of France to the bloody revolution on the streets of Paris and the dark, eerie world of her underground sewers. Hugo masterfully tells the story of Jean Valjean – a man seemingly beyond atonement and incapable of mercy – whose life is forever altered by a single act of grace and kindness. Using Hugo’s very own words as a backdrop, our poster poignantly illustrates one of the most pivotal scenes from the novel – where Bishop Myriel passes on to Jean Valjean a set of candlesticks, and in this way enduringly changes his life. The scene in our poster depicts Jean Valjean having fallen to his knees in awe of this great kindness. The Bishop has also lowered himself to his knees as an indication of his own belief that all human beings – regardless of social standing or past transgressions – deserve to be treated as equals and with the same grace. Les Misérables is a tale that continues to resonate with readers even today. The chronicle of one man’s journey from darkness and despair to light, love, and grace – and the touching moment which indicated the commencement of this new chapter of Jean Valjean’s life is movingly depicted in our poster.

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Great Expectations (24×36″ – 61x91cm) Great Expectations poster  
The Great Expectations poster is created using the first 24 chapters from the book. Set against the background of 19th century England, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations tells the tale of the penniless and unfortunate Pip, and his life aspirations which are inspired by his love for the cruel yet exceedingly beautiful Estella who is from a higher sector of society. Throughout his life long struggle to assimilate into an aristocracy that he was not born into, Pip discovers that high society and the woman he loves are not as wonderful and glamorous as he originally believed them to be. Our poster embodies the strained relationship between Pip and Estella and the place of their meeting. Pip is admiring and looking towards the source of his expectations while Estella is indifferent and comfortable with her own higher social standing. They stand before Miss Havisham’s rotting wedding feast – a feast symbolic of her warped and ruined approach to love and Estella’s inheritance of this very idea. Great Expectations is a novel with a hopeless and disturbing love story and our poster brings to life the details of the impossibility of love due to the chasm between social classes.

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Middlemarch (24×36″ – 61x91cm) Middlemarch poster  
The Middlemarch poster is created using Books 1 & 2 - up to chapter 18 from the last book. Eliot’s Middlemarch is a beloved novel which tells the different tales of several protagonists as they navigate their way through the complexities of life, love, and marriage. Middlemarch serves as criticism of the idea that marriage is the source of ultimate happiness and presents the world with a realistic view of how different motives for marriage affect the outcome of a union. However – despite the chaos, social pressures, and struggles between mind and heart – there are those who emerge with the beautiful realization that in marriage it is possible to find someone who will stand firmly by one’s side against the world. Our poster encapsulates the very idea that marriage is not always a happy affair. This is one of the prevailing themes of the novel Middlemarch and in our poster two lovers stand in the process of being united in marriage and yet are looking away from one another in seeming indifference. Like in the novel, their motives for marriage are more driven by social pressure than by love or willingness to commit; hence, they avert their eyes from one another. Middlemarch is a book that can bring a pang to the heart of a reader who understands how convoluted questions of life, romance, and marriage can be. Our poster beautifully captures this intricate concept for our viewers.

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