This first 50 pages or so of the book was all about the Bishop of Digne (although in the kindle edition it just says Bishop of D---, anyone know why?). It is a compilation of his history and all the good things he has done over the course of his life. There are a couple small events that are explained and some chapters just talk about how he thinks or feels. These chapters were the ones that made it hard to keep going and I'm pretty sure I skimmed though some of them. Luckily, Rob finished this part before me and started reading ahead to the next book and informed me that things actually happen!
|The Bishop of Digne as depicted by Gustave Brion in the first edition of the novel|
So, I continued on through and kept reading about why the Bishop of Digne was A Just Man. I was not a huge fan of this book, it was slow moving and what I was worried would happen when trying to read a classic like Les Mis. The one thing I do have to say is that you see a bit more charter and almost humor in the bishop and all that he does, the musically never really portrayed him this way, but I feel like in the movie Colm Wilkinson does a great job of showing more of how he is represented in the book (For those of you that don't know, Colm Wilkinson was the original Jean Valjean in the West End and on Broadway).
|On the right is Colm Wilkinson as the Bishop|
The next part is all about Jean Valjean (or as we've been calling him JVJ), finally! I hope it starts to read faster because this pace might be tough for over 1000 pages.
How does everyone else out there feel about the start of the book? Anyone else out there reading it now? Eh, probably not and I'm probably talking to no one, but I thought I'd try!