Michael Vasaturo is the chief financial officer of New Haven Terminal in Connecticut. Having held this position since 2008, he handles all of the company’s financial business, from human resources and banking relations to risk management. In his free time, Michael “Mike” Vasaturo enjoys several books and plays, including Les Miserables.
Les Miserables focuses on the story of a man trying to survive during the political and social upheaval taking place in Paris, France during the 19th century. The novel was written by French author Victor Hugo, the author of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. He began working on Les Miserables in the mid-1840s in private after taking a break from publishing following the deaths of his daughter and son-in-law. He fled France in 1851 and lived in Britain and Brussels until returning to the country in 1870. Most of the work published during this era, including Les Miserables, was written with strong social criticism and sarcasm.
Les Miserables was finally published in 1862 and has since become a huge success around the world. During the American Civil War, the novel was the most popular book among soldiers and it has been converted to a film and theatrical musical. To this day, Les Miserables remains one of the 19th century’s best-known literary works. However, the novel originally received largely negative reviews when it was first released. Critics noted various incongruities in the career of Jean Valjean and some regarded Hugo as a madman. Further, many felt that the main character’s actions went against the principles of truth and honor.