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Every summer The Girlfriends Lit-n-Latte Book Club pick an epic, or what I like to call "a major classic". We skip a month so that we actually have 2 months to read the chosen selection. This year's summer reading selection was
by Victor Hugo
I just want to start this book review by saying there are few books that I can actually say will enrich your life. Les Miserables is one of those stories. In my humble opinion, it should absolutely be required reading.
I also want to say that if you have seen the movie or the play, you have seen only about half of the story. It is so layered and so rich that there would be no way to include the entire story in a 3 hour period.
I caution you that at 1700 pages, you may be tempted to read a very abridged edition... Don't do it. I read the Barns and Noble Classics Abridged and edited edition and at 900 pages it was still a challenge, but I still got all the details. Several of the ladies from the club that read even further consolidated issues missed some very critical bits and pieces to the story. I want to encourage you to just buckle down, read it, and I promise you will not be able to put the story down.
The story line is full of layers and layers of coincidence, spiritual inspiration, morals, wisdom, deep grief, and a great deal of human misery. But it is also full of love, forgiveness, and great joy.
The characters are rich and I fell in love with all of them. The evil characters are so evil and good characters are so good that I had a visual depiction of them as I read the book.
I really did love this book. I will read it again.
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And Honey for Potpourri Friday
Pick up a good book and read it!