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Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
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Read from June 14 to 16, 2012

"There comes a point where the unfortunate and the infamous are grouped together, merged in a single, fateful word. They are les miserables -the outcasts, the underdogs. and who is to blame? Is it not the most fallen who have the most need of charity?"

By far the most fascinating book I have read. Victor Hugo creates astounding characters, each with their own distinctive personalities, showing their massive changes through the course of the book and how the unfortunate events have shaped them as they intertwine with each other.

First, there's the naive, heart-broken Fantine, who had later been put to face her greatest fear of her daughter not living the life she deserves to live. To avoid this, Fantine sacrifices everything, including the last breath within her to ensure her daughter's safety, which was not spent completely in vain.

Javert. The inspector whom was always on the lookout for Jean ValJean, believing that no matter what, a thief is a thief. That changes when he is confronted by Valjean. Captured and about to be executed, Javert experiences forgiveness from the ex-convict whom he had been hunting down. Valjean made him aware of how people have this ability to change for the better. Knowing this, Javert releases the ex-convict, who had done more good than the inspector ever had.

Valjean himself started out as a poor pauper, being imprisoned 19 years for stealing a loaf of bead and then attempting to escape several times. But what took away his innocence was not the crime of thievery that he had committed, but the hate that he has wielded in his heart during his time in prison. The act of him being imprisoned for 19 years was what made him believe that he was indeed an enemy of the public, however, the trust of a bishop in him was what crumbled away the hatred and replaced it with the will to spread goodness around him.


...There are just too many thoughts about this book and so little words to be able to explain them.
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Victor Hugo
“Teach the ignorant as much as you can; society is culpable in not providing a free education for all and it must answer for the night which it produces. If the soul is left in darkness sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables


Reading Progress

06/15/2012 page 43
18.0% "Whichever way he turned, he faced the same alternatives -to cling to his paradise and become a devil, or become a saint by going back to hell."
06/16/2012 page 211
88.0% ""Once I stole a loaf of bread to stay alive, but now I cannot steal a name in order to save to go on living."-Jean Valjean" 3 comments
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Anood it has always been a favorite of mine "thumbs up"


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