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.