18 books finished in 2012: Les Miserables

18 books finished in 2012

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.

3 thoughts on “18 books finished in 2012: Les Miserables

  1. So my question is what edition did you read? I tried to read Les Mis years (and years) ago, and my excuse for repeatedly putting it down was “bad translation.” But I’m – maybe – ready to try again . . .

  2. Signet Classics Unabridged Mass Market Paperback. There were some VERY long, VERY boring sections – and I was advised by some to go hunt down an abridged version. But I caught the rhythm, and was very good at glossing over the boring parts, and ignoring details that didn’t seem related to the central plot.

  3. Pingback: 19 books finished in 2012: Spoiled « these are the thoughts that fall out of my head

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