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I am doing something perhaps unwise. I am reading Les Miserables again. I
The last time I read it it was 20 years ago. it ate my life for six months. I finished it within the first week but I kept going back, it is a book that hurts, but it is sublime too, and there is just so much there.

Strangely I was not most struck by the barricade boys. I never shipped anyone from it. I just loved the book to distraction.

So we shall see how it strikes me now. I will let you all know.

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nodbear
Mar. 8th, 2014 02:35 pm (UTC)
That will be intersting to see how you feel now.It remains one of those slightly guilt - raising books that I think I ought to have read and so far have not! I think the book mst be tremendous in fact but it has been not helped for me not having read it before I saw the musical in movie version


I Am not into musicals much so have never seen a production but I did see the film and, to the horror of my friends who went too, I remained unmoved by tears throughout - I felt manipulated into being sad which always makes me resist just that bit more.My problem and I expect I should get on with the book
eglantine_br
Mar. 9th, 2014 03:05 am (UTC)
I am lucky that I came to the book first. I never saw the live show, and watched the movie only recently. So I had all the people firmly in my inner vision before seeing them portrayed.

Mike, by the way, is one of those people who is totally adamant about the book first. That was one of his rules for the kids, and I think it is a good one. if you see the movie first you cannot really go back to your own imagination after.

In some cases it is ok. I am well content with Mr Crowe as Jack Aubrey. (And of course, Horatio came to me movie first, so that is the body and face I give him. And that is more than just fine!)

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