Reading this book has been on my "bucket list" for a long time, and I finally accomplished it!
I would have preferred to give this a 4 1/2 star ratingReading this book has been on my "bucket list" for a long time, and I finally accomplished it!
I would have preferred to give this a 4 1/2 star rating, but since that's not available, I went with five. There were long chapters of history which I had no clue about as well as background that seemed laborious to listen to, but the main story was SO valuable. It has sparked discussions between myself and my teens, and my husband, and will be something I will think about for years!!
There were lots of surprises - differences from the other versions I've seen in the various movie versions.
I want to discuss with someone, for example, what kind of discussion could have helped Javert to come to terms with the fact that a convict could repent and become good, and could then become rightly "above the law". Could there be anything that could have been said to him so that he didn't feel obligated to "resign" from life...
How about at the end,where Jean val Jean sacrifices all for his principles? Should things have been done differently, or did he really have to depend on God's intervention to be back in Marius' and consequently Cosette's good graces?