Month: July 2017

Goodreads Monday

Posted July 31, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in Goodreads Monday, Les Miserables, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, TBR, To Be Read, Victor Hugo / 0 Comments

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners.

I’ve never been one to go back and read all the classics.  I’ve read a few because well school.  I picked this up for my Kindle a couple of years ago since it’s free public domain.  It’s been translated to English and everything for me.  I’ve picked it up a time or two and then gotten distracted.  I’ve got to make time to change that.  Perhaps sharing it here will shame me into reading/finishing it?

Introducing one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjean—the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread—Les Misérables ranks among the greatest novels of all time. In it, Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a battle between good and evil, and carries them to the barricades during the uprising of 1832 with a breathtaking realism that is unsurpassed in modern prose. Within his dramatic story are themes that capture the intellect and the emotions: crime and punishment, the relentless persecution of Valjean by Inspector Javert, the desperation of the prostitute Fantine, the amorality of the rogue Thénardier, and the universal desire to escape the prisons of our own minds. Les Misérables gave Victor Hugo a canvas upon which he portrayed his criticism of the French political and judicial systems, but the portrait that resulted is larger than life, epic in scope—an extravagant spectacle that dazzles the senses even as it touches the heart.

Les Misérables

Give it up, what’s a classic you just haven’t read yet.  I can’t begin to judge this is just the first of many that will find there way here.

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BOOK REVIEW: Bible Story Coloring & Activity Book by B&H Publishing Group

BOOK REVIEW: Bible Story Coloring & Activity Book by B&H Publishing Group

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