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Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a battle between good and evil, and carries them onto the barricades during the uprising of 1832 with a breathtaking realism that is unsurpassed in modern prose. Jean Valjean is a noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread. Victor Hugo uses this dramatic story to criticize the French political and judicial systems, but also to convey the universal desire to escape the prisons of our own minds.

This is a 1200-pager, so please give yourself plenty of time to read it.

Please bring cash to pay for your dinner and drink.

To start us off, we'll each write a question or idea about the text, mix them up, and select one to get us started!



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  • Sunjoy

    Excellent, structured discussion of a long, long book!

    May 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got some space in the middle section, near the food pickup area

    May 25, 2014

  • Melissa

    Hi all,

    I hope everyone has had a chance to get ahold of a copy and have started reading! If you start to feel that you won't get it finished before the meet-up, please let me know and we'll split it into two meet-ups if need be! (and add a June date for the second half).

    Happy reading!

    April 21, 2014

    • Sunjoy

      How about we get to the end of MARIUS tomorrow, and leave SAINT-DENIS and JEAN VALJEAN for next time? This will cover a bit more than half of the book.

      May 24, 2014

    • Melissa

      Sounds like a good plan to me, but we'll decide together when we get to the group!

      May 25, 2014

  • Jorge

    Melissa. May I attend?

    May 25, 2014

    • Melissa

      Of course! See you at four!

      May 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have finished the book, but will be away over Memorial Day weekend. Regret not being able to attend

    May 10, 2014

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