Les Miserables

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Post by Jjnessie 33 » 16 Oct 2016, 22:01

I read the book in french I loved it also saw the movie in Florida so that was cool. its a classic thats for sure.
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Post by Missalaeneous » 24 Oct 2016, 00:07

I likewise love this book. I read the unabridged version, with all the history of the Napoleonic war and facts about nunneries. Yikes! Now, those parts seemed like unnecessary background, but I understand Hugo thrived on historical details. We had to give him some allowances in return for a flawless story of grace, and the most inspiring picture of true repentance in literature. (I.E. Jean Calhoun after he leaves the city, dialog looking at the coins). The whole book is so bittersweet, and has a depth to its characters that is unmatched in modern literature. Perhaps try the abridged version though!

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Post by Caoilfhionn73 » 19 Nov 2016, 11:32

I am more than halfway though this book. It is one that I read a chapter of now and again as I often read several books at once . I love the beautiful descriptive language. Some of the words are old fashioned. This is a good thing though as I am increasing my vocabulary and exercising my brain. I hope to finish this classic before the end of the year .

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Post by Yafa1822 » 19 Dec 2016, 15:02

I'm about to start reading this. I'm a bit daunted by the size though.
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Post by Insightsintobooks » 15 Jan 2017, 21:13

I've read the book and I've seen the movie. I loved the book more. It was splendid.
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Post by noorsawhney » 23 Jan 2017, 12:47

I've always wanted to read this acclaimed novel, especially since seeing the spectacular film, but am rather intimidated by the sheer length of it. I am also worried that the translation of the original does not quite do justice to the original, as I am wary that this happened when I read The Stranger by Albert Camus. Perhaps one day I will be brave enough to tackle it but for now, maybe not!
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Post by Tbunde5 » 08 May 2018, 08:24

After seeing it on Broadway numerous times, and then on the big screen, I had to read it. I was amazed at how much detail from the book is in the musical. The book allowed me to get the back story on each character, which explained their individual actions in the play.

The only thing that became difficult was the author’s penchant for political commentary. Hugo wrote the book just a few years after the actual events, so his political commentary is raw and, on occasion, quite lengthy. Readers at the time would have recognized each of the figures he tells about, but I had to do a lot of researching to fully understand the history. Toward the end I admit I skimmed a few of those chapters so I could get on with the story.

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Post by haleygerstenberg » 10 May 2018, 14:17

I didn't realize the depth of this book before I read it, and expected to speed through it really quickly... So I was pretty caught off guard when it turned out to be more of a "take your time and savor the messages herein" kind of book. Loved it.

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Post by alisonedgee » 28 May 2018, 09:47

ive seen the film, and the stage production, just bought the book, v excited to finally read it

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Post by gkgurley » 29 May 2018, 11:33

I've read the unabridged twice and the abridged five times. I have Valjean's (first) prison number tattooed on my arm. I adore this story. I think Valjean is the perfect metaphor and encapsulation of struggle, oppression, and defining one's self. His redemption and care for Cosette is beautiful. The students fighting a losing battle, knowing they won't win but can't NOT fight, is a beautiful and tragic depiction of political activism. Fantine's story is so unbearably tragic that sometimes in rereading the story I have to skim over it. Hugo writes oppression, faith, hope, and love so beautifully, I think fans of the musical should read the unabridged book.

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Post by palilogy » 11 Jun 2018, 19:44

I've been wanting to read this book for years, but I haven't gotten very far in the story yet.
I love the musical and the movie, the book is just harder to start.

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Post by Sophia Villo » 18 Aug 2018, 20:22

palilogy wrote:
11 Jun 2018, 19:44
I've been wanting to read this book for years, but I haven't gotten very far in the story yet.
I love the musical and the movie, the book is just harder to start.
I fell in love with Les Mis long before I knew anything about the story. I heard the music in high school choir and it was a life changer. I finally got around to reading it a few years ago, and I was happily surprised to find how closely the musical followed the book, especially in comparison to other adaptations (I'm looking at you, Wicked).

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Post by palilogy » 19 Aug 2018, 09:10

I'm not sure Wicked the musical would have been as successful if it stuck to the actual book lol
Love the book, but it's much more depressing.

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Post by Jennifer Fernandez » 25 Aug 2018, 00:35

I love this book. I especially love how Victor Hugo takes some time to tell us about the battles and their meaning. Sometimes interrupting the book to give us a history lesson. This made appreciate the characters and their circumstances even more.
The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. - H.P. Lovecraft :techie-studyinggray:

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