Ally’s #42: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

This is me, waving my white flag, and saying, “I give up!!!”

With a new Les Miserables movie coming out this Christmas, Jim enthusiastically recommended that I read the book first. Ridiculously long books don’t scare me. Ridiculously long books–when the adverb is added because the author is absurdly long-winded, however, do succeed in getting under my skin. Blah, blah blah, blah blah!!

I kept wanting to shout to the author, “Get back to the interesting part! The part where I’m so enraptured by your story that I end up staying up way too late just to read the darn thing. Please?” But alas, Victor Hugo, long in his grave, believes the reader needs to know every smidgeon of historical detail related to every last character, every last location where the book takes place, and every last political issue that ever surfaced in France as long as he (the author) was alive. Way to take a great story and make it drag on, Victor.

My Kindle says I survived 67% of the book, which I liken to running a marathon and realizing at mile 18 that while you love running, this really isn’t worth it. I will happily pay the $7.50 to sit in the movie theater so I can avoid the author’s verbosity.

6 Comments on Ally’s #42: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

  1. whoa…I don’t know if we can be friends anymore. This is Sarah and my favorite book, we even named our daughter after Cosette. You’re missing out if you just see the movie. The Musical (which the coming movie is based on) is better than the movie with Liam Neeson, but nothing touches the book. Sad you didn’t like it.

  2. There were definitely parts of the books that I loved, but I should’ve chosen the abridged version. I finally just lost my patience with all the unnecessary “filler” that was making a great 400 page story 1100 pages long.

  3. now I know how Ron must feel when I mock his Flannery O’Connor books…

    how can you even know if the story is great if you didn’t even finish it? The “unnecessary filler” is integral to what Hugo was trying to do with this story.

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