“What an incredible story of redemption...I just finish reading this wonderful novel for the second time. The first time, when my kids were very small, took a full year to finish. I missed it terrribly when I was finished, but a year was too long. This time, I pushed through it in three weeks, so I could finish before I saw it on stage. Les Mis remains my all time favorite, even moreso after reading it again, but three weeks was too fast. When I read it again (in my next decade?) I'll take more time to savor, but not too long.
My favorite parts are Valjean's reflection and transformation after he steals from the chimney sweep, and his journey through the sewer in saving Marius, and of course, the final scene with Cozetter and Marias, when they realize (too late) all that Valjean has done to save them. Delicious!!
Now after my third read - it's still my favorite! This time I started in September to refresh my memory for the upcoming Christmas Day release of the 2012 movie version starring Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman (wonderful, BTW). Hunter and I ended up attending the stage production at the Fox in October too. It took me longer to read it than I planned, mostly due to other required reading and the fact that I was determined to read it all. No skipping (though some skimming - especially speeches by the ABC boys). I loved it all, much more than ever before. Such beautiful descriptions of nature, such deep characterizations and a profound grasp of human nature. What an artist Hugo was. I'm thankful to have read it again, even over 6 months. ”