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5.0 out of 5 stars LIFE CHANGING....don't be afraid of it., April 16, 2012
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This review is from: Les Misérables (English language) (Kindle Edition)
I know it's scary. It's probably one of the longest and hardest to read books you've ever picked up (or at least it was for me). Hugo goes into painstaking detail with his history, his scenery, and his character development. Reading on can be frustrating sometimes because you just can't see where the author is going. Minute descriptions of people, places, and political views abound. But you come to trust in Hugo...because you realize that no lengthy discussion is wasted with him. It has a purpose and a place and provides a richness to his story that I have never seen in any other work.

The scope and depth of the story is UNBELIEVABLE. The characters are so completely flesh and bone that you know them. You know who they are and exactly how they will react in a situation before it ever happens. The scenes are so masterfully laid out that you can envision every detail in your mind. And oh, believe me when I say the storytelling is breathtaking. Les Miserables is about poverty and the human condition, set against the backdrop of decades of French history. But it is so much more. It's a story of the redemption of man, despite everything the world can throw at him. It is a story of fear and sadness, but most of all, hope. The hope that we can do better. The hope that religion will not lead us down a path of self-righteousness, but to true righteousness, which to quote the book of Isaiah is "to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke". There is so much to be learned about forgiveness, love, happiness, and life from this story.

Les Miserables is not just a book. It might be the best book ever written. It is a LIFE CHANGER. Don't be afraid of it. Experience it for yourself.
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Initial post: May 8, 2013 5:00:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 8, 2013 5:00:30 PM PDT
K8 says:
You hit the nail on the head. Your review convinced me to download it and I agree 100% with you!

Posted on Jun 9, 2013 2:54:10 AM PDT
john says:
you described it beautifully and its exactly how i feel about this masterpiece as well. it's a book i will read again and again through my life with its breathtaking story

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2013 8:15:17 AM PDT
A five star feelings exactly but I didn't know how to put them down on paper.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 8:29:16 AM PDT
A. Klepper says:
You have inspired me to read the book with your review.
Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2013 6:22:29 PM PDT
FantasyGeek says:
So glad to hear it! Hope you enjoy!

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 12:45:57 AM PST
fwoom says:
I was going to leave a review, myself, but I don't know that I could top yours. This book is my all-time favorite, and I encourage everyone I know not to get lost in the painstaking details Hugo places in this book. As you said, the detail is not lost, nor is time wasted reading it. He places every word in his lengthy descriptions for a reason, and it all comes back around as you read the book in its entirety.

It's beautifully-written, albeit lengthy. Although lengthy, the imagery and how well you come to know each character is well worth it. It's phenominal.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 3:00:59 AM PDT
greatwhite22 says:
i finished 4 other novels while slogging through this one. and yet it still manages to be a work of art. ol' hugo had talent, that's for sure. i would second that notion about forgiveness...and the dilemma javert faces with forgiveness vs justice. yes, yes...very deep.

Posted on Oct 17, 2015 1:16:19 AM PDT
Ninjaneer says:
This book is, in my case, a LITERAL life changer and, also in my case, a literal life saver. Your review here is perfect in every way, but especially about being life changing.
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