Phew! Well, that is a book that you feel proud of for having completed. It is the size of a breeze block and it's printed on tissue paper in size 4 font- very daunting to approach!
The story is very intricate and has many small `insignificant' details which, you realise when trying to write a synopsis, all have great impact upon it. It is set in 19th Century France, and follows ex-convict Jean Valjean and his struggle through life, being constantly pursued. He raises a `daughter' and we also follow her story, of young love. If you have seen the musical, you will recognize the story from the adaptation easily, but be amazed at the extra intricacies!
Although this is, as I have said, a very daunting book to approach, there is actually nothing difficult about it. It is written plainly, and easy enough to understand. But there is no doubt it takes concentration. It's a book you have to really READ, if you understand my meaning. There are pages and pages of back history to every character, no matter how small. Even alot of the buildings mentioned have pages, sometimes chapters of back history!
This really is an excellent book with an excellent story. I would recommend it most highly, but with the advice that you would probably have to see it as a long term project! There is a bit of everything, action, adventure, love, suspense, war, sadness, happiness, and hope. Suitable for all, with a little perseverance!