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Subject: Les Miserables
Date Posted: 11/4/2010 6:55 PM ET
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I recently read  Les Miserables- LOVED IT! I was prompted by Wayne's Jacobsen's blog post Les Miserables: Living by Law or Love http://ow.ly/2UtIZ

Date Posted: 11/4/2010 11:07 PM ET
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Victor Hugo, you know, has a long and well-earned reputation as one of the world's all-time great story-tellers.

Date Posted: 11/5/2010 3:59 AM ET
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I also recently read Les Miserables (as part of the Classics Challenge, as a matter of fact). I was enthralled: it is the best book I've read this year!

                                                                                                                                      Rose

Date Posted: 11/5/2010 10:03 AM ET
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I enjoyed Les Miserables also . . . so much so that I read it twice. But, I have not read any of his other books.

Any recs (good or bad) for his other novels?

Date Posted: 11/5/2010 3:18 PM ET
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It was the first book that made me cry at the end.

CR

Date Posted: 11/5/2010 5:26 PM ET
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I also loved The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

                                                   Rose

Date Posted: 11/5/2010 5:36 PM ET
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I read The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables in high school and loved them both.  I'd like to read the unabridged version of Les Mis sometime.  It's just that I am an impatient reader (new label given to me by my sister!).  All you unabridged readers out there - is it worth it?

Date Posted: 11/5/2010 8:11 PM ET
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I never read abridged books.  Nor do I listen to abridged audio books.  How could I trust another person to determine what parts I don't want to read?  That's not to say that I've never skimmed over a certain portion of a book, but that's my choice, not some editor's.

 

Date Posted: 11/5/2010 10:46 PM ET
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That's not to say I've never skimmed over a certain portion of a book, but that's my choice, not some editor's.

Well put!

Date Posted: 11/5/2010 11:33 PM ET
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The foregoing posts about "abridged" versions of books made me remember an old joke about the new editor at the big publishing house who drew the assignment of preparing  the "American" edition of a British book..."an abridged, unexpurgated edition".  He couldn't figure out how it could be both 'abridged and unexpurgated', so he asked a senior colleague.  The colleague explained that, for the American readers, he should abridge it by leaving all the boring bits out, but should leave it unexpurgated by keeping all the salacious bits in . . . . .



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