Victor Hugo, Les Misérables.
I don’t think that the famous creation of Victor Hugo “Les Misérables” needs a special introduction. I’m sure that even if you have not read “Les Misérables”, then you’ve probably heard about this book.
There are books that are laid down in the school program for reading, but, which in fact are worth reading already in adulthood.
I don’t think that if I having read “Les Misérables” in my teens, I would be as excited as I am now. Because this book is imbued with a profound philosophical meaning. And it is possible to understand it, only having some life experience behind the shoulders and certain knowledge.
For example, knowing that Victor Hugo was one of the great Masters of Priory of Zion, you begin to understand more deeply his stories about the monasteries, about the meaning of heraldic lines and stories about Christ.
Another important and interesting detail of this book is that Hugo describes a lot of historical events that you cannot possibly find in the history books today. Because they either sank into oblivion, or have long been rewritten by modern historians in a new way.
Sometimes, it becomes very difficult to read the book “Les Misérables”, because Hugo likes to describe in great detail the smallest details. If he talks about the monastery, he describes completely everything that happened there. Describes the building, the garden, the way of life, the hierarchy of nuns, who does what, what they were wearing, who feels what, the purpose of the monastery, etc.
In the novel “Les Misérables” Hugo talks about the life and wanderings of convict Jean Valjean, about his moral and psychological suffering. Hugo raises questions of morality and examines them from different angles.
I understand that the book “Les Misérables” by modern standards is simply huge, because people prefer to read pocket editions, but believe me it’s exactly worth it for you to read it.
You will be enriched spiritually, as well as intellectually, because as I said in the book, many historical facts are indicated. Of course, they are interpreted by the author in his own way, although he tried to stick to naked facts and not give any estimates, which is also very nice. Because in that case you can form your own opinion on this or that event.
And also thanks to this novel of Hugo you can see that the basic laws of life have remained the same. Despite the fact that between our life and the life of the main character Jean Valjean is a couple of centuries, many of the rules that existed at that time, as well as the characters of people, the way of behaviour, etc., remain the same into this day.
Therefore, I highly recommend that everyone who has not read the novel “Les Misérables” to read it.
I wish you pleasant reading!
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