Skip the musical and the movies and read the real thing. Victor Hugo is my new literary hero. Yes, the book looks imposing and thick but it is well worth the effort. After reading many great novels, this one will always rank at the top. The Bishop has done for me in many ways what he did for Valjean. Follow this novel with one each from Balzac, Dumas and Flaubert to hang on to that French Romanticism. Hugo remains a philosophical genius.
This particular translation seemed a little flawed but it was very easy to read. The Wordsworth Classics edition is preferable due to superior translation and annotations. However, my copy only contained half the novel.