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Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
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Feb 02, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: bbc-book-challenge, chunksters
Read from May 15 to June 23, 2011 — I own a copy

4 stars and a half to volume 1. Just magnificent

I love Hugo's social insights and how you can feel his indignation at how society can ruin people's lives. He never judges the unfortunate poor at the bottom of society - instead, he stands shoulder to shoulder with them and speaks their cause. But those who live in the dark caverns below society (i.e. those who chooses dark instead of light), he disapproves of.

In a way this has a slight Dickensian feel to it in that the book is peopled with lots and lots of characters, whose lives are interconnected. And Dickens often focused on the poor, unfortunate souls on the bottom of society as well, while ridiculing the careless rich. And speaking of characters: Wow! Jean Valjean, Javert, Thenardiér and the Thenardiess, Marius, M. Gillenormand.. (Gavroche and Eponine have barely entered the scene yet, but I've heard that they're great in Vol. II).

Looking forward to continuing this story

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Reading Progress

05/26/2011 page 78
06/04/2011 page 180
34.0% "Uh, this is good! If Hugo keeps it up this will go straight into my top three of favourite novels"
06/14/2011 page 292
55.0% ""One interesting and picturesque peculiarity of this kind of tenement is the monstrous size of the spiders". Wtf, Hugo, monstrously big spiders are not picturesque!"
06/22/2011 page 446
84.0% ""It is a pity that I am ignorant, for I would quote you a crowd of things, but I don't know anything" :-D"
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message 1: by Amalie (new)

Amalie I absolutely LOVE Les Misérables, one of the best novels ever written. Enjoy the rest!

Nina Thanks! I am pretty sure I will:)

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