A book you tell people you’ve read, but haven’t (or haven’t actually finished)
Well I already confessed to having given up before the end of LOTR so I will use the other book I always say I’ve read which is Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.
I absolutely adore the musical Les Miserables and have done ever since I studied it for GCSE (and A-Level) Drama & Theatre Studies and I was over the moon when my friend bought me the book to read. I always say I read it but, if I’m honest, I gave up about ¹/3 of the way through Volume 1.
I know the musical off by heart though, if that makes up for it? No? Oh well…
In this story of the trials of the peasant Jean Valjean–a man unjustly imprisoned, baffled by destiny, and hounded by his nemesis, the magnificently realized, ambiguously malevolent police detective Javert–Hugo achieves the sort of rare imaginative resonance that allows a work of art to transcend its genre.