“There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.”
Some books accomplish their plenitude of excellence and mysticism by exemplifying the most hateful and vilest beings ever met. How could an evil man become a saint one? The bad man, while experiencing another man's kindness, feel astounded by finding out that there is some goodness in this world. Then he sees his own moral misery, and is going to heal his soul.
The eternal war between good and evil, the great spirit of people - this is the quintessence of Victor Hugo. This respectable man's writings, their meditative, melancholic character gave me a lucent vision of the world. If you don't understand, visit the Luxembourg Garden with Marius, and the trees will grow leafier for you, and the birds will sing more beautiful. See how Mr. Gillenormand missed his grandson, and you will feel blessed about the amount of love between them.
There is nothing black and white in "Les Misérables". Some pages are gloomy and cold, another are true pearls of grandeur, another - historical, philosophical and social essays. And the thing of magnificent, splendid Paris with its abstruse streets, tremendous buildings and turbulent Seine! Although Hugo doesn't show his liking for describing monumental buildings (like he does in "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame"), he mentions some of them (Notre-Dame Cathedral, Palais de Justice) so during reading I felt their presence nearby and enjoyed it.
"Les Misérables" is a book about searching for humanity and a perfect society idea, but you can obtain a lot more from it. The novel, like raging sea, is hard to cross, and very, very deep. It is a book-human, it lives its own life. An immortal masterpiece worth hours of contemplation. MASTERPIECE.
“The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible; for the fainthearted, it is unknown; but for the valiant, it is ideal.”