Do not read Les Miserables if you are afflicted with any of the following symptoms:
- Deriving Humor From the Pain of Poor People
- Zero Tolerance For Sometimes Pointless Tangents From the Story
- Hairy Mustache
- Hungry Stomach
- A Tendency to Kick Baby Unicorns
I am dead serious, people. This book is classic because of its depressing storyline–well, and the play and movie it spawned…but mostly the storyline. You will leave each reading session thinking to yourself: why am I still interested in reading about this poor neglected child, or even that saintly criminal who hates himself every single chapter? What’s that? Take a break and learn about the Battle of Waterloo? Okay, why not?
My God, there are also times when I question my patience with some writers, specifically Victor Hugo and his tendency to drag on about things which do not directly relate to the storyline but for a snippet at the end of a section. Granted, he was born into a literary family, and all know with literary families there is going to be heavy doses of symbolism or deeper meanings in their works. And he was in the French Revolution–anything to take time away from there was crazily sought after.
But if you do enjoy books about the struggles of poverty stricken families–cough cough, sadist–and you can stand long trips into other realms of Paris and the warlike atmosphere, like me, then Les Miserables is your book.
And quit kicking those baby unicorns.
I love this book and the musical. I typically do like sad books at all. But it is so inspirational and powerful and so worth a read, but so hard to read. It is not pure depressing because it is full of hope. I love the spirituality the story provides and if I didn’t find it, I think I would have been sick and tired of Les Mis by now
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It did take quite a while to read. I do truly have a love-hate relationship with the book; however, the characters are so invigorating and life-like that I cannot help but admire the story every time I think of it. And, yes, it is certainly inspirational–the character of Jean Valjean is sometimes what I wish to strive for in my own life, that of a selfless person.
I’m glad you like the musical; unfortunately, I have never seen it myself, but I would like to…someday.