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Les Misérables | Review

Title: Les Misérables

Author: Victor Hugo

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Dates read: 01 May 19 – 31 May 19

Publication date: 1862

Publisher: Canterbury Classics

Genre(s): Classic

Description:

Victor Hugo’s tale of injustice, heroism and love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict determined to put his criminal past behind him. But his attempts to become a respected member of the community are constantly put under threat: by his own conscience, when, owing to a case of mistaken identity, another man is arrested in his place; and by the relentless investigations of the dogged policeman Javert. It is not simply for himself that Valjean must stay free, however, for he has sworn to protect the baby daughter of Fantine, driven to prostitution by poverty. A compelling and compassionate view of the victims of early nineteenth-century French society, Les Misérables is a novel on an epic scale, moving inexorably from the eve of the battle of Waterloo to the July Revolution of 1830.

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Les Misérables Readalong | Week Five: Valjean

Welcome back to Miserable Monday! For those who don’t know, my friend Emma @ The Terror of Knowing and I are hosting #MiserablesMay, a Les Miserables readalong that is taking place throughout the month of May. We announced it last month, and I wasn’t 100% sure I thought it was a good idea to tackle such a long book that I didn’t have much interest in reading. Good news though, I finished the book on time, and have read and reviewed Volume I here, Volume II here, Volume III here and Volume IV here if you want a refresher.

This was a short reading week because there were only 5 days left of May to finish one of the longer sections of the book. I managed though, and finished the book on May 31st, so just squeezed in on time!

Now, a small disclaimer before I start: Emma is the English student and the more academically minded reviewer out of the pair of us. It’s great, she writes incredible reviews that mix knowledge and academia with humour and gifs, and is the place to go for the more in depth reviews/updates. Mine are going to be a little shorter, and probably lacking an seriousness at all, so strap in! Continue reading “Les Misérables Readalong | Week Five: Valjean”

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Les Misérables Readalong | Week Four: Saint Denis

Welcome back to Miserable Monday! For those who don’t know, my friend Emma @ The Terror of Knowing and I are hosting #MiserablesMay, a Les Miserables readalong that is taking place throughout the month of May. We announced it last month, and I wasn’t 100% sure I thought it was a good idea to tackle such a long book that I didn’t have much interest in reading. Good news though, I am completely up to date, and have read and reviewed Volume I here, Volume II here, and and Volume III here!

This weeks was a little bit up and downI absolute devoured the first 100 pages of this weeks volume in one go. I literally couldn’t put the book down. This came as a bit of a shock in comparison to the three weeks before, and unfortunately did disappear late in the volume. I finished on time though!

Now, a small disclaimer before I start: Emma is the English student and the more academically minded reviewer out of the pair of us. It’s great, she writes incredible reviews that mix knowledge and academia with humour and gifs, and is the place to go for the more in depth reviews/updates. Mine are going to be a little shorter, and probably lacking an seriousness at all, so strap in! Continue reading “Les Misérables Readalong | Week Four: Saint Denis”

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Les Misérables Readalong | Announcement & Schedule #MiserablesMay

Hi there folks! On this hump day, I bring you an exciting announcement! I am co-hosting a readathon this May with my fab friend, housemate, and eternal recommender of great books Emma at A Skirmish of Wit. We’re going to be reading Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. Yep, we’re tackling a book fondly known as The Brick, and we’re here to debunk the misgivings you may have about reading this chunk and make reading this bad boy fun and manageable! Let’s get this show on the road!

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Prince Caspian | Review

Title: Prince Caspian

Author: C S Lewis

Rating: 3 Stars

Dates read: 21 Mar 19

Publication date: 15 Oct 1951

Publisher: Geoffrey Bles

Genre(s): Children’s, Classic, Fantasy

Description:

The Pevensie siblings are back to help a prince denied his rightful throne as he gathers an army in a desperate attempt to rid his land of a false king. But in the end, it is a battle of honor between two men alone that will decide the fate of an entire world.

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The Horse and His Boy | Review

Title: The Horse and His Boy

Author: C S Lewis

Rating: 1 Star

Dates read: 09 Aug 18 – 14 Aug 18

Publication date: 06 Sep 1954

Publisher: Geoffery Bles

Genre(s): Childrens, Classic, Fantasy

Description:

On a desperate journey, two runaways meet and join forces. Though they are only looking to escape their harsh and narrow lives, they soon find themselves at the centre of a terrible battle. It is a battle that will decide their fate and the fate of Narnia itself. Continue reading “The Horse and His Boy | Review”

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The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories | Review

Title: The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

Author: Angela Carter

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 03 Jan 19 – 07 Jan 19

Publication date: 1979

Publisher: Gollancz

Genre(s): Modern Classics, Short Stories, Folk Stories

Description:

In The Bloody Chamber – which includes the story that is the basis of Neil Jordan’s 1984 movie The Company of Wolves – Carter spins subversively dark and sensual versions of familiar fairy tales and legends like “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Bluebeard,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” giving them exhilarating new life in a style steeped in the romantic trappings of the gothic tradition. Continue reading “The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories | Review”