I have begun to read this book, and to be honest I would have given up in the first few chapter, which, although give us a bit of depth to the story and some background, I felt that it was a bit much. Did we really need to know so much about a Priest and his sister? Did we need to know about his comings and goings and what he was doing all the time before we met the main character of the book?
“…We pray together, we are afraid together, and then we go to sleep. Even if Satan came into the house, no one would interfere. After all, what is there to fear in this house? There is always one with us who is the strongest. Satan may visit our house, but the good Lord lives here.”
I won’t lie and say that there are a great many quotes to be had in the first ‘Book’ as it is called, however for a moment I did wonder if the moment if Jean Valjean would ever appear, thankfully he did, but so much detail was spent on a character that, although his words helped Valjean, it just didn’t seem so relevant to put him in the book with that much detail. He’s an old man and he has complete faith in God, so much so he doesn’t have a lock on his door.
As for Valjean, he’s a rather tragic character, you feel for him and yet at the same time I couldn’t help but feel he was kind of mean, which is probably the point, for a time after he left the Priest’s home he had internal fighting with good and bad. It certainly added a bit of interest to him.
Fatine has appeared in the book and I am going to see how I warm up to her; although I won’t lie when she appeared I did cheer internally.