I want to own the phrase: “And here a brief digression becomes necessary.” That’s just….awesome! 😀

    Good to know about the movie. I have only heard wonderful things about it. A more-conservative-than-me friend asked me about any sexual scenes and I hadn’t heard of a one. It was good to read your review and get a better feel for how the movie portrays certain aspects of the story.

    You’ve made me want to read this book again. Love how loved and used your copy is! 🙂

  2. Angie Wiggins

    This post inspires me! Last year, I checked out the book from the library 3x but others kept requesting it so I could never get past page 100. I got my own copy for Christmas and I’m waiting for just the right moment to begin reading!

  3. Janet

    This is just great to read, Amy. Loved getting your thoughts and reactions, including on the movie, which I haven’t seen. (Nor have I seen The Hobbit yet. I don’t get out much. Sigh.) I think the version I read years ago was an abridgement, so I add my kudos to the others for such an accomplishment during what will probably turn out to be the busiest phase of your life.

  4. Congratulations, Amy. I am re-reading Les Miserables now. I last read the entire book over thirty years ago when I was in college, and I stayed up until 3 in the morning to finish. This was pre-musical, and I had to know what would happen to Cosette and Marius and Jean Valjean. Now I am moving a bit slower since I know how it turns out, but still it’s a wonderful book.

  5. Congratulations! I can identify with that feeling! I didn’t find the history of sewers or convents very interesting but did enjoy parts of the Waterloo excursion.

    I didn’t know that about translations, at least I don’t remember finding out about translations. I’ll have to see which one it was I read.

    I put those little strip-type post-it notes on pages where there is a quote or passage I want to remember. And I do mark in my books!

    This is one of my all-time favorite novels, tied with Tale of Two Cities.

    I haven’t seen the movie yet. I keep going back and forth about it due to the scenes you mentioned and one with Fantine.

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