I would - but now I know what parts to skip!!! Don't misunderstand, I appreciate a well written essay and Hugo and I have many points of view in common. However, Les Miserables is mislabeled as a fictional dramatic novel. The novel is IN the text, but there is quite a bit of rhetoric as well. I did LOVE the essays - just not so fully expanded within the text of the novel. Now, to have sat at Hugo's feet for hours and listened........THAT would have been wonderful!!!
No, Hugo crafted the story too well. I could not possibly pick one memorable moment from the many.
Bishop Myriel. The performance was solid throughout, but Guidall made sure the Bishop never became an unbelievable, simpering mass of 'do goodness'. He remained real.
There was no part that did not. It was thought provoking and surprisingly fresh at every turn.
It should be required reading for all, but may be better appreciated in the latter years. It requires a stretch for a young mind to appreciate the nuances that exist within each character.
As with all of his works, the author assumes innate intelligence in all of his readers. Not a socioeconomic level, or even a level of acquired education - BUT a present ability to understand. He speaks to this audience as though he were sitting next them on a train, telling a tale to pass the time. He does not pander, he does not insult.
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, because the author treats children as people and a good tale as a good tale - not a 'children's' story to be labeled and dumbed down.
I have not, however I have enjoyed his acting for years.
My favorite part is when the older children realize Lucy has not created Narnia. They, unlike too many adults, frankly admit their mistake and move on to be better and stronger. They even repeat the mistake, but they press on. Edmund lags a bit, but let's hope the older audience learns the most from that lesson.
I highly recommend all of C.S. Lewis' works.
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