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Old 12-01-2009, 02:12 PM   #1
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So, I've been reading Les Miserables. I started about 3 weeks ago and am only a third of the way through. I feel like I've hit a wall of disinterest. Anyone who has read this please give me a hint of good things to come so I'll keep reading. No specifics, just some hints-what to look forward to. Thanks!
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:39 PM   #2
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Sorry, can't help you. I got stuck reading of the years they lived in the convent(I think?). I had totally enjoyed the musical (one of my favorites), and the Liam Neeson(sp?) movie version was okay. This was several years ago and I still haven't gone back to complete it.
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Had the same with the book. Best to move on, get the DVD and grab some popcorn. Too many books waiting to waste time on a book you can't gel with
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Old 12-03-2009, 08:38 PM   #4
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Ha! Funny that's where you stopped, that's exactly where I am right now! Sigh..I think I'm going to keep trying.
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:18 PM   #5
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You should at least read it to the point where Lea Salonga sings.

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Old 12-03-2009, 10:21 PM   #6
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Hmmm. I haven't read the book yet. And yeah... ^^ Lea Salonga is really great!

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Old 12-03-2009, 11:18 PM   #7
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Les Miserables definitely builds quite a wall. I always read unabridged editions, but that was one novel I should have read an abridged edition - that is, if I bothered to read it at all. I felt like I was reading a thesaurus of phrases, as he seemed to find half a dozen ways of saying the same thing.

When I finished reading it, my main thought was admiration not for Victor Hugo, but for the composer(s) of the musical. That they were able to compose such wonderful music from such a boring novel is truly remarkable.

This is considered Victor Hugo's best book. If so, I'm certainly in no hurry to read his other ones!

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Old 12-04-2009, 07:32 AM   #8
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Dunno what to tell you.
I read him when I was 20-21.
I read three books:
NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS
Ninety-Three
and Les Miserables
I loved all three, although very sad stories...but back then I loved Dumas too.
I didn't know anything about Fantasy and The Lord of the Rings.
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Old 12-06-2009, 06:06 PM   #9
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I got halfway through and decided to "return to it after reading a couple other books," but never did. I'd recommend the abridged version, which would cut out his philosophical ramblings and just tell the story. Don't be ashamed of doing so! I decided there's too many good books out there to waste my time with ones that don't interest me, even if they're considered classics or on some must-read list out there.
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Are there any good abridged versions in eformat?
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Old 12-09-2009, 03:16 PM   #11
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I found one on Amazon and one on Barnes&Noble. Not sure what the format is at BN. Aha, just found at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24283.Les_Miserables. Look down the right-hand side to the download button and choose your format (mobi, pdf, or ePub).
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You could also try http://inkmesh.com/search/?qs=les+mi...nE=Find+Ebooks.

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Old 12-10-2009, 02:13 AM   #13
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I read this book, when I was very young (in my 20's)... I found it very compelling (?) [English is my second language, and I'm not sure this is the word to use] - I read the whole book... loved it.
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I've "sparknoted" the parts I can't seem to get through. That's helped a lot. I can find out what is important in all his ramble and move on.
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