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Hugo’s ‘Les Miserables’ Times 2?

I'm mustering the nerve to re-read Victor Hugo's “Les Miserables” again. Usually, I don't read a book twice, although I made exceptions with Tolkien's “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” series. I don't know why I don't re-read books. After all, I see movies several times — sometimes within days, if I really like them. Every time I consider re-reading the 1000-page “Les Miz,” I think about the long introduction featuring the bishop, then the long battle of Waterloo that doesn't have much to do with the rest of the story, and the long description of the Paris sewer system. Now, however, after seeing the play & two movies about the book, I'm interested to re-read how Hugo described Valjean, Javert, Thernardiers and the rest. But I plowing my way through a thick book by Todd Gitlin re: the 1960s at the moment. Mebbe next month.

Question: Which book do you most want to re-read?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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