Regitze's Reviews > Les Misérables: Volume Two

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
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Reviewed on my blog: Bookish Love Affair.

What can I even say? I mean, how do you boil down a book this long, this intricate and this full of intermation and story and characters in a review that won't be too long?

I honestly don't know.

Les Misérables is a wonderful book. It is a story of love, romantic and familiar, redemtption, honesty, patriotism. Life in general, told in a totally non-general story. A story of human nature.

It is a long book, which is why it is in two volumes in this edition - and probably others. But is also a really heavy novel, I think part of the reason why 'classics' are often deemed too difficult to bother reading is the way they are written. In this book for instance, Victor Hugo often spends chapter after chapter describing the scenery, the Paris sewers, the life of a character barely in the story and an entire chapter on the battle of Waterloo,before it is made entirely clear why.

But it works. It probably shouldn't, not by today's standards, but it does.

The chapters are pretty short, so it is easy to feel like you've made a lot of headway. And I don't know, despite it being a long read, page wise, it never really felt like a long read, time wise.

I cannot not recommend this book. I really enjoyed reading it this month, even when it might have felt drawn out and just too-damn-slow, plot wise (because sometimes, it is. Hugo gets a lot of information across, but if you're looking for a plot-driven story, don't chose this one).

So put it on your list. Read it.
I am sure, you won't regret it.

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Reading Progress

July 7, 2014 – Shelved
July 7, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
January 23, 2015 – Shelved as: classics
January 23, 2015 – Shelved as: historical
January 23, 2015 – Shelved as: french-lit
January 23, 2015 – Shelved as: adult-lit
February 21, 2015 – Shelved as: 19th-century-lit
July 14, 2016 – Started Reading
July 16, 2016 –
page 67
July 18, 2016 –
page 212
41.41% "Note, the page number is an approximation as the page numbers continues from volume one over to volume two in my edition, so right now I'm on page 709."
July 19, 2016 –
page 298
July 22, 2016 –
page 357
July 24, 2016 –
page 406
July 25, 2016 – Shelved as: read-2016
July 25, 2016 – Shelved as: romance
July 25, 2016 – Shelved as: owns-and-read
July 25, 2016 – Shelved as: friendship
July 25, 2016 – Shelved as: favorites
July 25, 2016 – Shelved as: mystery-fiction
July 25, 2016 – Shelved as: 5-stars
July 25, 2016 – Finished Reading
March 4, 2017 – Shelved as: male-author
March 4, 2017 – Shelved as: realistic-fiction
September 21, 2017 – Shelved as: reviewed-on-my-blog

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