Book #114 on the BBC Big Read list is ‘Les Miserables’, by Victor Hugo.
I’ve seen the musical. Love it; know the songs.
I’ve had the pleasure of dining at the michelin-star restaurant named for the little urchin, Le Gavroche, in Mayfair, London.
However, I had no idea what the book would be like, and was expecting something depressing, gruelling and somewhat hard-going.
Let me tell you how pleasantly surprised I have been thus far, and how much I am struggling to put this book down at night. “Just one more chapter” (and bless him, they are nice and short), I tell myself….and another 15 minutes passes by.
Hugo writes a compelling narrative and intriguing, fascinating characters. The way he intertwines their lives is fantastic – and unpredictable – and his ability to capture the moment is phenomenal.
The descriptions of people living in dire poverty make me shiver and try to steel myself against biting winds; I’m drawn into their lives and imagine myself alongside them, suffering with frozen feet and surviving with barely nothing to eat.
Loving it so far, and I’m probably three-quarters of the way through. I can’t wait to get to bed tonight and read some more!