Taking on Les Mis... Or Will I???

Sunday, July 8, 2012


It may pass, but I've been entertaining the thought of reading Les Miserables. Well, entertaining as well as actually sampling it on my nook. It seems like a classic I can't not read in my lifetime, and with the movie coming out in December I'd really like to take a stab at it now. I've never even seen the musical, as many have. Unfortunately, I missed it this last go around when they were doing it at the Bob Carr in Orlando, but maybe it was meant to be so I could read the book first?

But I'm quite intimidated and thought I'd see if anyone else has read this?? You know, create my support system and all that. It seems like there are a ton of abridged versions out there, though my plan is to go with the 1500 page unabridged one. It's been ages since I've read a book even remotely that long! And I will say I read the first chapter and was not enamored with the language or writing style. Since then I've read through chapter four and it's flowing much better, though I'm not sure if it'll grab me for the remaining million pages. But one of my favorite books is another French novel that was actually written prior to Les Mis, so I figure it can't be that bad, right?

What are your thoughts?

13 comments:

Christy said...

I have both the physical copy of this book, and the ebook. I've started the book a few times, but for some reason, I always stop. I'm SO intimated by it. I want to read it so bad, because I love the musical. But when I think about how many pages it is... oye.

Brooke said...

I've toyed around with reading this one as well, but never committed. To be honest, 1500 pages seems a lot. The musical is fabulous and could be told in far fewer pages than 1500 so I'm worried about the editing and pacing. Look forward to hearing your thoughts if you decide to give it a go!

nomadreader said...

The number of classics I've read is soooo much shorter than the list of ones I have, and many, like Les Mis, intimidate me. I certainly feel like Inshould read it, but I don't know if I ever actually will. I would, however, love to hear your thoughts if you do read it :-)

christina said...

I didn't get a chance to see Les Mis at Bob Car either. *sad face* (On another note, Beauty & The Beast is coming, MY FAVE FAIRY TALE this season, so excited!)

I REALLY REALLY want to read Les Mis also. Might make it my chunkster after I read Anna K this month. Maybe you should do a readalong? It's always more fun (and stronger) in numbers.

Sandy Nawrot said...

Oooh I'd be intimidated too. I've read reviews of those that have read it, and they've all been good if you can plow through it. I did see the musical in London and it was freaking AMAZING.

Zibilee said...

I saw the last movie, and a high school musical version just last fall, so I am familiar with the story, but I am not sure if I would have the gumption to tackle the whole thing, being that it is so long. If you do decide to do it, I will cheer you on! It might even inspire me to grab a hold of it and give it a try!

Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

I read the abridged version (still not a slim book by any means) and really enjoyed it back in high school!

Mrs Q Book Addict said...

I haven't read this classic. I use to love classics! Still do, I just don't give them the time. Eventually, I'll get back into them.

Gundy's mom said...

I am new to your site but when I saw the discussion of Les Mis I couldn't help but comment.
I LOVE the book! I LOVE the Liam Neeson movie! I HATE the musical!
OK, I admit that I read an abridged version. I think it was around 600 pages, maybe more. It was soooo good once I got into it. Then I saw the Liam Neeson movie. The screenwriter got it. The movie is wonderful and I have seen it many times. About a year ago I had the opportunity to get tickets for the musical and I was very excited. I went away angry. I felt sorry for the people who don't know the real story. The musical version would have had Victor Hugo screaming. "You don't get it!" It was trashy.

Stephanie Ward said...

I read an abridged version of this book when I was a teen, and I've always wanted to read the full novel. If you decide to read it, maybe I'll read it along with you. :)

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Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I want to too. But I too am totally intimated.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

With how long it is taking me to read anything these days, this would just kick my butt. But I say if you have the motivation now, give it what you can. Go for the unabridged, because why not? Maybe if you can pick it up, put it down, start it up again in chunks. Good luck!

Melissa said...

I've seen the show a couple of times, but haven't really considered reading the book. Sooo long, but then again, I just finished the last 2 books in the outlander series. 1300 and 1100 pages each!

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