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Posted October 4, 2002
First you're probably going to want to read the first book in the series (Pont-Au-Change: Resurrections). Then come back and read this. But, if you've found this page because you like Les Miserables (the original novel or the musical), or you like historical fiction and are wondering if the books is worth buying, yeah, it is. Particularly for anyone who 1) loves the story of Les Miserables and its characters, and 2) doesn't mind some respectful, good-natured revisionism, similar to that found in other "spin-off" books such as Micholas Meyer's Seven Per-Cent Solution. Not only are many of the original's characters around (and still recognizably themselves and in character), some of Hugo's themes--revolution, conscience, forgiveness--are, too. In other words, if you've suffered from Cosette, the rotten 80s Les Mis "sequel," fear not; this ain't another Cosette. The novel takes place in France, where Marius and Cosette find themselves learning about Cosette's past in Montreuil-sur-Mer, the town that Jean Valjean was mayor of years before; in England where Jean Valjean and his traveling companion, Javert (whose "resurection" the first book is concerned with), have fled to avoid their pasts; and in French Canada, where the two eventually wind up. In Quebec they run into a fledgling rebellion against the British and become embroiled in it when they aid a brother and sister who were orphaned in the fighting. The novel's original (non-Hugo) characters are engaging--in addition to the two children, we meet a priest who is forced to take sides in the rebellion and his nephew who gets to fall in love. The historic backdrop is well researched and feels authentic, and there are both quieter, thoughtful moments and exciting, suspensful sequences. Overall, a most enjoyable read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 28, 2002
If you liked Pont au Change Book One, you'll love Book Two! A must read!! The Author's style of writing compliments Vitor Hugo's masterpiece Les Miserables. Very well written.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.