Josh gave me a Kindle for my 26th birthday (almost 2 years ago) and since then I have been downloading and reading a lot of the Classics (most are FREE!). I feel like it is good to be "well read" and to read a lot of different styles and genres. But I feel like I have not read as many of the Classics as I should have, so I committed myself to start now!
I just finished reading the unabridged version of Les Miserables. I am not going to lie. I struggled through parts of the book. I love history, but 19 chapters about the Battle of Waterloo and multiple chapters about the Paris sewers was a little much. Hugo has the tendency to write lengthy paragraphs and to go off on LONG tangents. Personally, I know about the battle of Waterloo and the French Revolutions so I skimmed over those chapters, but if you don't know about French history then reading these chapters can teach you plenty and help you to better understand the story!
Minus the aforementioned parts, I thought that the book was great!
It's a story about love, compassion, redemption, and revolution. I love books that have deep character development, themes, and symbols. I really loved the characters in this book, all of them. From the evil ones (Thenardier) to the the heros (Jean Valjean), and all that fall between. Each one was so complex and developed. And what about Javert?! I still don't know what to think about him. Neither a hero nor villian, all you can do is pity him. I love it!
Next on my list is The Count of Monte Cristo!
Eek! I think I need to read something less lengthy and intense before I tackle that one though.