In Praise of Love

S M Chen
6 min readMar 6

One of the acknowledged great novels of the 19th (or perhaps any) century is “Les Miserables,” a massive (over 1400 pages) epic historical work published in 1863 by French novelist Victor Hugo. It is widely considered his masterwork.

I was privileged to view (again) the 1980 musical “Les Miserables,” based on the novel, recently on a PBS TV channel.