Victor Hugo — “Les Misérables”. Part 1 (1862)

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I started to read this book a long time ago. “Les Misérables” by Victor Hugo is a well-known and epic masterpiece of a historical literature. You’ve all probably know the plot or heard about the book. There were hundreds of theatrical performances and at least a dozen of TV series and movies. This book is very big. As it takes almost 3000 pages in my e-reader, I decided to write three separated parts of my review dedicated to various tomes of this novel.

Les Misérables

This is a long story about a convict who managed to escape his fate, find a goal in a new life and simply trying to follow it. But a post-medieval society is not that tolerated to stigmatised class, such convicts. A life of our protagonist is a road of suffering, prejudice and unfairness. Although his good deeds led to the prosperity of the city where he lived, his personality was highly condemned when he revealed himself as an ex-convict. He had nothing to do but become a runaway. His life through years of a castaway is presented in the first part of “Les Misérables”.

Pros

Epicness. I like really big books with a lot of various characters and plot crossroads and so on. A thoroughness of this kind of books makes a real magic. There’s nothing left to be said. The author managed to write about everything!

Cons

Boringness. Hugo’s writing style is a pain in the ass though. It’s somehow bored me to death! I literally fought my way through these pages. Words are too excessive, explanations are too detailed. It’s even possible to turn 20–30 pages with a solid knowledge that you won’t miss a damn thing.

Overall

While the plot and the atmosphere are indescribably strong, final realisation is not that brilliant as I thought earlier. I without any doubt will finish this book, it’s just a matter of time, but I’m a little bit disappointed.

Book cover via simonandschuster.com