vrijdag 8 februari 2013

50 Books Challenge 2013 - # 4: Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Title: Les Misérables
Author: Victor Hugo
Story: It is among the best-known novels of the 19th century. It follows the lives and interactions of several French characters over a twenty year period in the early 19th century that includes the Napoleonic wars and subsequent decades. Principally focusing on the struggles of the protagonist—ex-convict Jean Valjean—who seeks to redeem himself, the novel also examines the impact of Valjean's actions for the sake of social commentary.
Start: february 1st 2013
End: february 8th 2013
Comment: I saw the musical years ago and I recently saw the movie, starring Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe and Anne Hathaway. When reading this book, there were a lot of moments of recognition. Characters I know from the musical, scenes I know by heart and parts that make me cry, just like when I saw it in theatres. I just missed the songs. The story is beautiful, very dramatic and heavy. Never boring. As for the characters, Eponine has always been my favorite. I never got why Marius never saw her, the way she saw Marius. I also don't get how it's possible that after just one glance of Cosette he can already not live without her. Jean Valjean is an amazing protagonist, running from his past but it always haunts him. He has a good heart and doesn't mean any harm. Javert is a great antagonist. He doesn't stop untill he gets his hands on Jean Valjean. "Les Misérables" is a good book, better then it's 2013 film version, but I prefer the musical.
Rating: 3,5/ 5

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