My name on this site is Chantefleurie - a character from *gasp* a different Hugo book. This book, Notre-Dame de Paris, is one of my favourite ever. I first read it when I was about 8, and then again at 17, and reading it the second time I appreciated it much more than the first time. Around the same time as my second reread, I was part of a school band that decided to gang up with the choir and do a Les Mis medley for the concert finale. I figured I should know what I'm playing about, so I watched the musical and frankly - I was disappointed in more sense than one. For one thing, our choir has, in my opinion, done a much better musical job than the actors, and for another - I expected more from the story. Having read Notre Dame, I respected Hugo too much to believe that this is a true representation of his creation. So, several months later, I downloaded a copy of Les Mis and began the read.
The read took me another several months.
At first, I thought I'd read this book just to have read it, because all classics are worth knowing. However, having finished it, I already reread the second half of it, and I think in the not too far future I will be ready for a full reread. It's definitely a book that leaves a trace on you. Saying that, though, Notre Dame is still my favourite.
I hope to read and participate in some of the discussions here. I have a lot of first impressions to share, and no one to share them with in real life, so hopefully I'll be able to rant them off here.
C'est tellement mystérieux, le pays des larmes. ~Le Petit Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry