Monday, December 17, 2012

Final Thoughts on "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo

Thoughts on previous sections:  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

I did it!! I actually finished Les Miserables!  Honestly, I am so glad I stuck with it.  Overall, this was a beautifully written story.  I struggled with some of the political and historical aspects but it was worth it to push through those parts.  I think it really helped that I broke the book into chunks.  If I had tried to read it all at once, I probably would have given up.

I've decided that Jean Valjean is one of my new favorite literary characters.  Despite the fact that the was an escaped criminal, through his actions over the years he completely redeemed himself.  I also think Javert was a pretty interesting character.  Every thing was black or white to him; there was never any gray and I think that is what led to his downfall.  I really hated him in the beginning but as the story went on, I started to understand his point of view. 

I'm going to keep this short because it is my 4th post on the book but I must say Les Miserables is a great book.  It's a tough read but so worth it.  4 stars.

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