a_bohman • Apr 6, 2013 Here's a discussion for the original Les Misérables book by Victor Hugo. Comments [user=30003]a_bohman[/user] I decided to read the book and thought "Okay, to really be a Les Mis fan I'd better read this and get it over with. It's going to be rough." But actually I was very pleasantly surprised. The book is amazing in its own right, independently from the musical. The characters are beautifully, intricately crafted and are some of the most masterfully built characters I have ever read, probably accounting for why the play and now film were so popular. Hugo has occasional chapters devoted to analyzing a character and/or their inner workings in emotions, and though you'd think they'd be boring, I actually find those to be some of the most masterful parts– they make the character seem a living, breathing human being, more believable than I've ever seen before. Despite the occasional dry parts here in there, it's a well-worth time investment. I'm about a quarter of the way through and it's been hard to put down. :D [user=46365]Big Johnny[/user] Sounds cool. :) [user=101610]Kirby42[/user] I'm reading the book right now. It is a good book. [user=16242]randomuniq[/user] How long did it take you to read the book abm? I was doing Les Mis for my honors English required reading in 8th grade and had to do lots of assignments on it so it took me about 3 months to finish (that was the only book I read that trimester so I lost some points for not reading a nonfiction but plz cmon Victor Hugo's writing about the Sewers of Paris should count as nonfiction lol oh well I got an A for the class). Thoughts about the book: very well written and long. Exquisitely detailed and the backstories of all the different characters make them fantastic. I mean, the book actually tells you who Cosette's father is, the whole quadruple date thing and how her friends just laughed it off, which makes Fantine's story a tad more melancholy. and I just really wanted to tell everyone, my ap bio teacher is playing Eponine this August. omg. http://mauiarts.org/?p=2&Month=08&Year=2013&showID=692 [user=30003]a_bohman[/user] 18 days. 8D I devoured it like a starving cheetah devours a sloth it was so good. [user=14717]iHasCheese[/user] I don't think cheetahs really hunt slothen... [user=30003]a_bohman[/user] Yeah I know I was just being hypothetical. Like if you starved a cheetah for a week and then threw a sloth into its cage, I think the whole scene would look kind of like how I read Les Mis. [user=136156]missthesnow[/user] I recently started reading the book, and I love it! I'm already in Volume II :) [user=28649605]BroadwayBaby13[/user] Could a 12/13 yr old (or sort of advanced reader 13 yr old, rather) read the book? Based on content or length? [user=28777590]pianist_alyanna[/user] [user=BroadwayBaby13]BroadwayBaby13[/user] Definitely. I could lol [user=28978616]nancy barter[/user] I am 14 and have the book on my bedside table. i could probably get into it if i tried but to be honest i am just not sure i have enough time or energy to devote to a book that long. love the musical though.