Reading Les Miserables, One Chapter At a Time

One of my new year’s resolutions is to read the novel Les Miserables by Victor Hugo and blog about it. I will try to be interesting enough that others will want to join me in my pursuit. This work of fiction has 365 chapters. Therefore, if I expect to finish the book by the end of the year, I should be on my thirtieth chapter today.

Each chapter is a few pages in length, so I have been reading in fits and starts. I read several chapters one day and then skip a day or two. For a while I was caught up, but I got busy and now I am way behind.

I finished the first book of volume I, which contained fourteen chapters and described M. Myriel, a bishop who has a profound influence on the main character, in extravagant detail. Now that I have begun the second book, Jean Valjean has been introduced. I got so excited by the entrance of the main character that I stopped reading after fifteen chapters.

I didn’t want to stop, but once I did, I had trouble getting started again. I was working on my novel, and even began another novel. Life interrupted. I had to watch TV. I have read that television is one of the greatest interrupters of writers. I don’t watch that much, but when I do…

Now I am half a month behind in my reading. When I begin again, in a few minutes, I will try to read several chapters. I enjoy reading a book and viewing the movie that it inspires, and comparing the two. It’s wonderful when I can enjoy both, in different ways.

About Joan Marie Naszady

I am a teacher, a writer, and an illustrator.
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