As most of you who read my blog know, I am in the process of reading Victor Hugo's massive, 1,465 page tome Les Miserables. I started it at the end of July and until today still was only a third of the way into it. I breezed through the action parts but when it came to the scores of pages of description before the dozen or less pages of action, well, I lagged. I did consider skipping the descriptive chunks (I've done it before, when reading James Fenimore Cooper) but then decided that was rather cowardly. :)
Then, this morning I decided it was time to knuckle down and FINISH the book. Not only because I want to see the full anniversary concerts, but also because it is unheard of for me to take this long to read a book (I mean over a month? Good grief!) as well as the fact that I have a couple hundred books on my 'to read' list (and more being added all the time) that I won't let myself read until I'm done with Les Mis. So, right before I went to wash the breakfast dishes, I scribbled out a quick schedule. You see, I decided I want to finish the book this week. And that means I have to read approximately 200 pages a day. Yes, you heard that right. Two hundred pages of Victor Hugo a day, from now until Friday. My sisters think I'm crazy. (They aren't keen on Les Mis anyway. Do you suppose it might have something to do with the fact that I go around singing the songs all the time... and they don't like that kind of music?) :)
I accomplished my goal for today, and read a total of 217 pages today. I've just finished the part where Marius gets kicked out of his grandfather's house. Tomorrow I officially meet the Friends of the ABC! I'm eagerly looking forward to it! (I say 'officially' because I skipped ahead and read some of the students' scenes several weeks ago. I just couldn't wait.)
As I type this, I am listening to the students' songs from the Broadway cast recording. While he doesn't have the passion Ramin Karimloo has in the role, I really enjoy Michael Maguire's Enjolras! His voice!!! I do like baritones! Oh, and by the way, I prefer Hadley Fraser's Drink With Me to Anthony Crivello's.
If I reach my goal, I will watch the 10th anniversary concert on Saturday. Do you think I can do it, my friends?
Miss Melody Muffin