Long in love with the Broadway musical, the spirit of Hugo beckoned me to read his book. Spoilers abound:
  1. Geez! So many words!
  2. Fontine was once a golden haired, pearl-toothed beauty with great modesty. Who knew?!
  3. More convent and monastery fun facts than I can handle.
  4. Jean Valjean escapes in a coffin only to return by the front door!
  5. I should have taken French and Latin in school.
  6. Irony: reading "Les Miserables" when you are indeed miserable.
    Chronic illness silver lining: more time to read.
  7. JVJ's comparison and contrast of men in prison to nuns. Brilliant.
    "..in these two places, so similar yet so unlike, these two species of beings who were so vey unlike, were undergoing the same work, expiation " Expiation = atonement for sin
  8. Paris has held no desire to me yet Hugo makes it sound like his deepest lover.
    "For Paris is a total. Paris is the ceiling of the human race." ""Seek something that Paris has not. " "...Paris is amiable. It accepts everything royally." "Paris is the synonym of Cosmos..." "There is no limit to Paris." "The smoke of its roofs forms the ideas of the universe." "Paris makes more than the law, it makes the fashion; Paris sets more than the fashion, it sets the routine."
  9. So little was ever sung about Marius' father
    And yet it was the discovery of his existence and reputation that turned Marius into a revolutionary.
  10. And I chose to reread "Alexander Hamilton" simultaneously because...?
  11. Marius' father owed his life to M. Thenardier? The wretch? Then Marius lives next door? What?
    Marius hasn't seemed to befriend Eponine as of 60% of the book.
  12. Lafayette! That's why I'm reading "Alexander Hamilton" at the same time!
    More plausible is the contrast in the two revolutions. But Lafayette!!!
  13. So many words!
    Three laborious chapters on slang?
  14. Hugo loved his French history
    I admit to limited skimming in some cases
  15. Hugo loved the One True God
    No skimming
  16. I think Hugo and Hamilton have some things in common
    They wrote like they were running out of time, yet they never ran out of words.
  17. "Ancient History of the Sewer"
  18. Javert's note he left behind
    Who knew he could be so caring?
  19. This story is beautiful. Jean Valjean is beautiful.
  20. Favorite quote:
    "He did not study God, he was dazzled by him."
  21. Another favorite quote
    "He loved books; books are cold but safe friends."
  22. And another
    "Curiosity is a sort of glutton. To see is to devour."
  23. This one
    "This book is a drama, whose leading personage is the infinite. Man is the second."
  24. For times such as these
    "Joy is the ebb of terror."
  25. These
    "They lived in a golden minute." "They had told each other everything except everything . The everything of lovers is nothing."
  26. And this
    "Everything can parodied, even parody,"
  27. This one too
    "Is it nothing to hold one's peace? Is it a simple matter to keep silent? No, it is not simple. There is a silence which lies."
  28. And
    "God has his instruments. He makes use of the tool which he wills. He is not responsible to men. Do we know how God sets about his work?"
  29. Almost done
    "Because things are not agreeable," said Jean Valjean, "that is no reason for being unjust toward God."
  30. Not least of all
    "It is nothing to die; it is dreadful not to live."