Hey, I just read this book! I saw the title when searching "Les Misérables" in the library system, and then had to wait forever before we could get it. There's only one copy in my entire region. But, I read it, and though I got some pretty weird looks at school when they asked me what I was reading, I enjoyed it. He had a lot of interesting things to say. One quote I loved was that one that someone said about VH being crazy and brilliant at the same time, something like, "Victor Hugo was a madman who thought he was Victor Hugo." You have to read it over a couple of times, and the explanation as well, but it's so true! He thought he was great and capable of greatness, and thought he was brilliant and better, which gave hime the ability to be great and brilliant and better than others. (In his writing, of course. His personal life was somewhat disturbing, and I was rather depressed after learning about it). I liked what he said about all the characters being larger than life, too, and then Marius just kind of being normal, which is why everyone thinks he's unrealistic. The norm in LM is to be abnormal! It's like...if someone who was not a lit geek and LM fan came on this board, they would be the strange one here, even though we're the crazy ones, I guess.
I was talking to my parents about wanting to read and write analytical essays about Les Mis, and my dad started laughing, and told me I was funny. I said, "What? Why?" and he just looked at me. "I guess it is kind of funny...," I said, and he responded, "Kind of!? Yeah, and the Pope's "kind of" Catholic!" So I guess we're a rare breed.
Anyone else read this book? Or can you recommend others like it?