Probably my favorite book. Maybe. What's in a favorite book? Okay how about my favorite book that I'll only read once a...decade?
Monster of a book, tProbably my favorite book. Maybe. What's in a favorite book? Okay how about my favorite book that I'll only read once a...decade?
Monster of a book, this is, why did I pick this up? 2010 was the year of the monster books. Anna Karenina, Middlemarch, andLes Mis? What was I thinkin'?? This was my second time through and, I'll admit, it might as well have been the first. But then,there is SO MUCH here, you can probably read it once a decade or once a year even and still be gleaning new treasures the 50th time through.
I'm going to break with tradition and give this a REALLY SHORT review. I don't think I could do anything more anyway! This is also an incredibly narrow and biased review too, fair warning.
As a Christian, one (I) is always in search of a better understanding of grace. If a human life could manifest grace, forgiveness, and redemption in a nearly perfect manner, it would be the life of Jean Valjean. It is imperfect, messy, heartbreaking and unpredictable but it is undeniably real and compelling. This is not to say that Jean Valjean himself demonstrates grace, but grace covers his entire life in a beautifully broken way.