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Cliffs Nortes - Les Miserables,
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This review is from: Hugo's Les Miserables (Cliffs Notes) (Paperback)
I may be unique in this, but what I did was read each summary section in the Cliffs Notes and then read the corresponding section in the unabridged novel. The notes actually made it easier to understand what was written in the book. I don't know whether I'd recommend this as a general technique, but I've done this with several other books and it has always worked out well for me.