Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Moving Right Along...

Les Miserables - Book Two - Valjean

In Les Miserables, Victor Hugo assigned himself a formidable task - presenting a human drama against a political background - certainly not unique, but I believe, the most remarkable job in literature. Other novelists have done this and done it well - Charles Dickens comes to mind (A Tale of Two Cities) - but as a French writer, Hugo knows the historical and political landscape of France and assumes his readers will as well. As 21st century Americans, some of us may be a little fuzzy in this area - but if you're like me, you may prefer your history lessons this way :)

So just a few remarks to place this in context:

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