Posted by Rachel on April 06, 1999 at 20:22:15:
In Reply to: Les Miserables.. posted by Lex on April 05, 1999 at 20:24:26:
: One more thing, totally irrelevant but I've been wondering. Was the story Les Miserables (the original book by Victor Hugo) set during the French Revolution? Or was it post Revolution, like 1800s? I was just discussing this with a friend, and I've never actually read the book myself. By the way, the newest version which came out last year is excellent, definitely a must see for any Les Miz fans. It starred Liam Neeson and Uma Therman, and this one is set sometime during the late 1800s I think..
>> Les Miserables is set in Post-revolutionary France. In the early part of the book Jean Valjaen takes refuge with a clergyman, whose attitudes to his fellow man were transformed after he met an old man who had been an activist during the Revolution. This stuck in my mind when reading the book, because the issues raised also changed my attitudes to my fellow man!! The era of revolution in the book is set around 1848 when there were a number of grass-roots proletarian movements across europe.
It's a great book, and well worth the read, Hugo has a nice easy style of writing which pulls you along with the story and the characters. I cried a bucket at Fantine's decline and death.
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