Great Books Week: Les Misérables is 150 Years Old
One of my favorite books of all time is Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. Even though I first encountered it in an edition so badly abridged it could have been more accurately described as butchered, it was a beautiful, moving story of love and justice. If you haven’t read it or seen the musical, please do. You’ll be in for a treat.
If you were going to choose one book as your Great Book of the year, what would it be? It doesn’t have to be classic, but rather something that has stayed in your memory and affected your thoughts in some way. Share it in the comment section, or blog about it and link back– I’m always happy to find more wonderful things to read!
Visit the Great Books Week site for a few ideas on how to celebrate, some quotes on great literature, and more. In a world of strife and turmoil, the classics remain beautiful and timeless. I hope you enjoy celebrating this week!
Here are few quotes, and at the very bottom, a video of the Les Misérables musical to inspire you:
By elevating your reading, you will improve your writing
or at least tickle your thinking.”
~ William Safire
Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book. ~Author Unknown
Upon books the collective education of the race depends;
they are the sole instruments of registering,
perpetuating and transmitting thought.
~ Henry C. Rogers
All books are divisible into two classes,
the books of the hour, and the books of all time.
~ John Ruskin
It is no more necessary that a man should remember the different
dinners and suppers which have made him healthy, than the different
books which have made him wise. Let us see the results of good food
in a strong body, and the results of great reading in a full and powerful mind.
~ Sydney Smith