“Les Misérables” was arguably the greatest novel of the 19th century. It had more consequences than any other and like Shakespeare’s plays has been transmuted into many different forms. It’s an epic read and full of wonderful quotes. I plan to share them
But first, here is how David Bellos sums up “Les Misérables” in his book “The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables,” which I have read and recommend you to read after (but not before) you have read Les Misérables
“The novel achieves the extraordinary feat of being at the same time an intricately realistic portrait of a specific place and time, a dramatic page-turner with masterful moments of theatrical suspense and surprise, an encyclopedia of facts and ideas and an easily understood demonstration of generous moral principles that we could do far worse than apply to our own lives.”
What is reported of men, whether it be true or false, may play as large a part in their lives, and above all in their destiny, as the things they do.
He had to accept the fate of every newcomer to a small town where there are plenty of tongues that gossip and few minds that think.
There is always more misery in the depths than compassion in the heights.
Death belongs only to God. What right have men to lay hands on a thing so unknown?’