Les Misérables

Victor Hugo
Reading Order: Book 50
Categories: 2020, Stuart Browning
Pages: 1232
Suggested By: BBC One Adaptation
Date Started: August 19, 2020
Date Finished: September 7, 2020
Reason Book was Chosen: I have the recent BBC adaptation of Hugo’s literary classic recorded on my Set-top box but before watching it I'd like to read the original material. I’ve seen the musical multiple times and loved it so it’s about time I read the book that started it all.
My Thoughts

This is an amazing novel, a thoroughly enjoyable read. Obviously I was aware of the story having watched the musical numerous times but the book just blow me out of the water. It is so dense but marvelously written and there’s so much historical information. I mentioned after reading Vanity Fair (my last read) that I need to read more of the history of Waterloo, well this certainly contains a lot of that factual history! This wasn’t just a novel, it was part historical record, part romance novel, part crime novel and no doubt part autobiographical. Hugo certainly impressed me with his poetic prose too. I’d recommend this to anyone who has an interest in literature.

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