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Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
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Jul 29, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: school-reads, fiction
Read in January, 1990

It was certainly the musical that brought me to this book. When I was a Freshman in High School I became a "Les Miz Freak" after seeing the show at the National Theatre in Washingon D.C. On the strength of my love for the musical, I decided to read the book.

As luck would have it, the bookstore in our local mall only had an unabridged copy available. My mom had been hunting for an abridged version. I am incredibly glad she had to 'settle' for the unabridged text. It was not an easy read, especially as I was only 15 years-old. But by the end, I knew that I had experienced Victor Hugo's complete vision. Ever since, I swear by unabridged.

As a junior in high school, I read an abridged version of Les Miserables. It was okay. The class seemed to like it. But I kept remembering things that the abridgment left out, the real flesh of the story for me. This is a wonderful, inspiring novel. Don't miss a word of it!
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