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Les Misérables, tome I/3 by Victor Hugo
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Feb 08, 11

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Read in January, 2011, read count: 2

Victor Hugo is an amazing author. His descriptions go on for pages and I don't know how he can even think of the things that he does to make the places and characters come so alive. This is the second time I've read this unabridged version. I think that I enjoyed it more the first time through because I wasn't on a deadline. I liked collecting quotes, and thinking about why the book was famous. I know that the title is The miserable, but I don't think that is why the book has a following. I believe that the reason we all like this book is because it tells what people do with their lot in life. It gives us hope to carry on. The reason I read it the first time is because I was in love with the music. I wanted to know the story behind the musical. When I went to the play and realized that it was a modern opera, (no words, just singing) I knew that I had to read to book to find out about the whole story of the characters. What amazes me is the the songs really do tell the story, in such a short time. After reading certain sections of the book I would listen to the song that correlated and I would get teary; the music brings the emotions of pages and pages of writing. I have talked to some people who have read the abridged and they say that they didn't get some of the things, so my advice is to read the unabridged and then just skip the wars and other parts as you want to. That way you don't miss interesting facts about the Paris sewer system and how nuns make so many sacrifices. It is a book that will teach you much, and make you think about life and how good you really have it.
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Tannie You made it!! This is on my bucket list to read.


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