Les Miserables for Beginners
By Becca Courfeyrac

Note: These are only my suggestions of what parts are uninteresting or unimportant. Some of the parts listed are interesting to me, but might not be to people who just want the story. I personally like to read, but I understand that there are people who don't. That's why I've made this page, so people who like Les Mis but don't like to read won't be so intimidated.

So, you've finally decided to buckle down and read Les Miserables. Good for you! It's a long treck, but it's definitely worth it. I mean, look at all the good reasons to read it:

Yes, I admit, reading the entire book can be tedious, but DO NOT buy an abridged version. I strongly believe in not reading anything abridged if you can avoid it. Still want to cut down the story? Here are some suggestions:

Waterloo:
The first thing you should cut if you want to shorten the book is the entire part called "Waterloo", except for the last chapter. Most of it has nothing to do with the story, it is very boring and hard to read, and is pretty pointless. I only skimmed it myself.

You only want the story, and nothing else:
Even stripping the book down to the story adds some to the musical, though you miss some interesting things. Skip the following parts:

You can also skip the first part, "An Upright Man" (Fantine, Book First). It is a story of the bishop that helps Valjean, and is kinda interesting but not vital. There are also some chapters that are just descriptions that you might want to skim.

You're willing to read some history stuff, but don't want a lot of descriptions and political babbling:
Skip the following parts:

You don't want to read the unnecessary background history:
Skip:

You want a little of the history and political stuff, but still want to cut out a couple hundred pages:
Skip:

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