Why are you reading this book?
I never have. It was time. (Also, I wanted to watch it before the movie comes out, and everyone spoils the plot!)
What is the first line?
In 1815 Monsieur Charles-Francois-Bienvenu Myriel was Bishop of Digne.
Describe the book in haiku form:
this book was so big
I had to tear it in half
to avoid fatigue
What will you do with it now?
keep for reference
keep and loan out to friends
x keep to read again & again & again x
post to paperbackswap.com
throw it away
Anything else you’d like to say?
YOU GUYS! It took me FOREVER to read this book!
But despite long & rambling sections, the drama of the story kept moving forward, and kept me engaged. Once I compared the pacing to a television series (Lost, for instance), with episodes ending in cliff-hangers and seasons ending with dramatic revelations, I was able to keep up with the flow.
However, there were a LOT of slow sections, and many times when I literally had no idea what VH was talking about, nor did I know what year he was talking about or why this particular digression was useful.
Overall, I loved it! Jean Valjean is my new hero.