12.08.2020

1000 Books Project Reading Challenge: French Classics 2021

 


I just committed myself to reading Les Misérables by Victor Hugo via Gather Together and Read. The reading challenge constitutes two great French classics -- Les Mis and The Count of Monte Cristo; however, I am committing only to the Hugo classic. Last year, I read over 100 pages of The Count and bailed; I believe I will do better with Les Mis

The reading challenge for The Count of Monte Cristo runs from January through June, and the challenge for Les Misérables begins in July and ends in December. Michelle will set up a reading schedule to help keep readers on track.  

For more details or to sign up, visit Gather Together and Read.

15 comments:

  1. This looks like such a fun challenge. Reading Les Mis slowly is probably the way to go.

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    1. Yes, that's the only reason I am giving it a go. I read too many books at one time to try to read Les Mis in one month.

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  2. Oh, I wish I could join this but I've read both already and have to spend time reading classics that are new to me. Have fun though. Les Mis is WONDERFUL!

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  3. I have not read Count of Monte Cristo and I would like to do so. Maybe I'll sub it in instead of one of the Chapter-a-Day Read-along selections for 2021.

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    1. Good luck. It's a very big commitment. But six months is definitely sufficient.

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  4. Whoa! Good luck, as both of these are monsters. Count of Monte Christo is the biggest novel I know of...even War and Peace and Brothers K cut slim figures next to it!

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    1. I'm not going to read The Count. I tried last year, and honestly I did not like it. I read a little over 100 pages and quit. Just couldn't get into it. But I am going to read Les Mis. The six month stretch will be good for me since I read so many books at one time. (I hope anyway. War and Peace took me almost nine months, or something like that. Hopefully, I've increased my reading speed since then.)

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    2. I saw your comment after I'd posted, alas. I can't blame you. Les Mis is one I'm curious about -- far more curious than Count -- so I'll look forward to your review, or updates as you progres.

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  5. Two years back I made a list of 66 books to read from James Mustich's list of 1001 and read or listened (mostly listened) to 46 of them over this period of time with much interest and enjoyment. Mr. Mustich discusses the genesis of his 1001 book in a YouTube video I've seen. I wish you many captivating hours Ruth, in exploring some of these works.

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    1. Thanks. I think I will look for that YouTube video that you mention. Sounds interesting.

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  6. How about I read TCOMC for you, and you read Les Mis for me, and we'll both be happy? I've actually been thinking of rereading Monte Cristo this coming year because it's been like a decade, and I love it.

    Anyway, I tagged you with a bookish Christmas tag. Play if you want to!

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    1. That will be fine with me! I'll let you know how I like it.

      Thanks, and I'll check it out.

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  7. I love Les Miserables. As long as it is, I was still sad when I finished the book. I did not like the Count of Monte Cristo, but then I'm not much of a Dumas fan. Maybe I should read it again now that I'm older and might have a different perspective on it.

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    1. I had the same experience w/ Count. I read up to where he was arrested, and I wasn't making connections. I also did not care for The Three Musketeers story. So maybe I'm not a Dumas fan either. It's hard to say bc I know so many people LOVE The Count of Monte Cristo. Maybe I didn't give it enough time??? Well, I do look forward to Les Mis. Thanks for the encouragement.

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