It's been awhile since I've written about a character crush, so it's about time again. If you want to join us, be sure head on over to Jen at The Introverted Reader and link up.
It hit me the other day that I needed to write about a Les Mis character. At first I thought it would be Marius but then I realized that truly, Jean Valjean is the heart and soul of this book and he needs first recognition.
|Jean Valjean from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo|
Jean Valjean changes from that moment on and dedicates his life to doing good. He ends up a model citizen, a mayer in fact, and a prominent figure in the community. Yet, he still has trouble chasing him from place to place (in the form of one of my favorite villains, Javert) and causing him all manner of grief. Some of the choices he has to make are incredibly painful. And in the end, he is redeemed from those earlier moments of the story many many times over.
I'm so excited to be able to see this show, my favorite Broadway show ever, twice in the next few months. Once in April when the local high school will be doing it, and then again in June when the professional touring company comes to town. So fun! Wouldn't it be awesome to re-read this book before then? :)
There's so many awesome moments to this story and the show. But the one that highlights the character of Jean Valjean the very best is during the song Bring Him Home, when he is praying that the life of Marius (who loves his foster daughter Cosette) is spared as the French Revolution starts, and that his own life be taken instead if need be.
Have you read this book... or seen the show? Who's your favorite character? What're your feelings on Jean Valjean?