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Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
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Jan 09, 2009

really liked it

This is a 5* story of human redemption, a novel that challenges the reader to greater commitment to social justice and compassion for all people. Unfortunately, the writing style which was in vogue in mid-19 century Europe diluted the power of that message for me. By the time I waded through detailed analyses of the battle of Waterloo, the history of Parisian sewer system, detailed descriptions of 19 century cloister convent life, essays on the appropriate place of slang in literature and those lengthy melodramatic speeches, I no longer felt connected to the characters or moved by the narrative.
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January 9, 2009 – Shelved

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