Books on Screen: Les Misérables

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When something becomes as popular as Les Misérables, many people tend to forget where it originated.  This popular musical, now movie, was originally a novel, written by Victor Hugo in 1862.  This book is traditionally well over 1,000 pages, and has five volumes that mark the progression through Jean Valjean’s life.  The novel has been criticized as having a lot of points that are used to argue a moral point or display Hugo’s knowledge without really advancing the plot.  However, current versions have been cut down to show the story and get rid of the more taxing reading.

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