I have already recommended this book to my family and friends because this translation by Julie Rose is matchless, like wiping a thick layer of dust off a portrait and Mr. Guidall's narration is engaging and delightful. It's easy to understand why great artists have attempted to bring this to the stage, the movies, and even Orson Welles 7 part radio adaptation.
Allow this book to inspire you as well. I should avoid the cliche that it will change your life but just give it a try. The characters are richly drawn, history and Paris and a people are brought to life.
Hugo's understanding of suffering and redemption is without equal. Such great concepts to pursue between the Privileged vs. the Dispossessed, aptly labeled the party of envy and the party of scorn.
Here the Christian ideal is worked out by Bishop Bienvenu and Jean Valjean, hardly recogniseable these days.
Don't be satisfied with the fast food versions, just mere snacks compared to this magnificent feast.
I can't pick one, beause all the players from the fops to college students and the villains capture our interest and sympathy.
However, Gavaroche proves that Hugo is a master. All these characters have depth and individuality not found in what passes for literature these days. Nothing simple, black and white.
He was able to make the sections on the backstory interesting and if you're open-minded, you'll truly appreciate his patient and imaginative effort.
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