In my opinion, classics fall under two categories- old and new. Classics that came out in the 19th century and earlier are what many people associate classics with- those authors range from Hugo, Dickens, Hardy, Cervantes, and Homer. Those are four authors I have learned to fall in love with.
Out of all the old classics, Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables is my favorite. That would come of no surprise due to my obsession with the musical. I NEVER thought I would love a story like Les Mis. That was because I once thought I would never love tragedies, but it turns out I was wrong. Les Misérables is truly a story about compassion, hope, sacrifice, forgiveness, love, humanity and redemption. If I just saw the book with no former knowledge, I never would have read it- good thing the musical led me to the book.
This story is truly inspiring and uplifting. The musical alone makes me an emotional wreck. In Les Misérables, there is always a character you will emotionally connect to. As a matter of fact, I love several of the Les Mis characters. From Jean Valjean to Cosette to Fantine to Eponine to Marius to Enjolras and the Friends of the ABC. Les Misérables may be filled with a lot of heartbreak and tragedy, but it is filled with a ton of hope and light. Their stories touch you in a way that words alone can’t describe.