Advanced search

is Les Miserables quite easy to read?

(16 Posts)
juicychops Sun 16-Dec-12 19:52:54

or is it hard going? would like to read it in the near future, but not too sure il enjoy it or not

OP’s posts: |
JammySplodger Sun 16-Dec-12 20:52:46

It's surprisingly easy to read. One of my favourites.

juicychops Mon 17-Dec-12 14:20:32

thanks for replying - think i will defo give it a go in the new year. ive always wanted to see the musical but never managed to yet, and can't wait for the film to come out at the cinema as i think it will be brilliant. i normally like to read the book first, but don't think i will be able to manage that before the film is out in Jan smile

OP’s posts: |
mimbleandlittlemy Mon 17-Dec-12 14:42:46

I couldn't put it down - read it in 6 days on holiday one year - and think it's one of the great books. It's a real tear jerker though so get the tissue box ready towards the last 100 pages or so.

scarecrow22 Tue 25-Dec-12 23:21:49

I second - or third - above. Adored it. It is physically big, so good for holiday or time when you have more time t get stick in, but also in my top 20. I'd seen musical 3-4 times (I usu don't like musicals) - the book is two or three quantum leaps better and richer. It is sentimental in Victorian way, but a luxury of intelligent emotion, ideas, and great love stories. I envy you !

Ruprekt Tue 25-Dec-12 23:22:53

Not read it but seen it at theatre several times.

Am looking forward to the cinema version.

StickEmWithThePointyEnd Tue 25-Dec-12 23:23:28

I find it easy but you have to find the right translation for you imo.

BOFingSanta Tue 25-Dec-12 23:29:58

I think it's best in the original French.

BOFingSanta Tue 25-Dec-12 23:30:46

<innocent face>

StickEmWithThePointyEnd Tue 25-Dec-12 23:32:53

<blows raspberries at BOF>

BOFingSanta Tue 25-Dec-12 23:34:35


I just tried to download the free kindle version, but apparently I already have it. I'll definitely give it a whirl after reading this thread.

omgmydd1isnearly16amIoldenough Thu 27-Dec-12 22:05:07

Sorry for hijacking but I downloaded it last night as I feel I should read it before I see the film and now don't know if I have the right one. It said English version but seems very heavy going and all it talks about is a priest. Is this right?

mummytime Thu 27-Dec-12 22:17:40

There is a lot more to the story than you get in the stage play or film. It takes a long way until you get the main character to appear, and you get a lot of background on why people do things etc.
But I've only got about 1/2 way through, it must be one of the most downloaded books but not finished on Kindle. But it is quite readable if you don't expect it to be just the story in the play, it's more like a rambling Dicken's.

StickEmWithThePointyEnd Thu 27-Dec-12 22:23:28

Yes that's right. If it helps I first read it when I was a young teenager and a lot of the story simply didn't interest me at that time so I flicked through and only read the parts that related to the musical. They were easier to read as I knew what was going on. Once I had read those parts, the rest was easier to read as I wanted to know more and fill in the gaps.

Jux Fri 28-Dec-12 19:49:40

Love it. A very great book. If you enjoy it, you may want to go on to Balzac afterwards.

Cooroo Fri 28-Dec-12 20:36:10

All the characters are fully developed, so yes, there are several chapters about the priest. He is the one who first helps Valjean. After that he disappears! I find reading very easy and feel at home with Victorian authors, and I loved this book. If you find it challenging just keep going. Try reading it 'out loud' whether literally or in your head. Once you adjust to the pace it is well worth it.

Join the discussion

To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account.

Join Mumsnet

Already have a Mumsnet account? Log in