Monday, April 2, 2018

Babylon violated diminishes Alexander... Les Miserables by Victor Hugo







"Babylon violated diminishes Alexander; Rome enslaved diminishes Caesar; massacred Jerusalem diminishes Titus' Tyranny follows the tyrant. Woe to the man who leaves a shadow that leaves a shadow that bears his form."

Victor Hugo - Les Miserables
French dramatist, novelist and poet (1802-1885)

Les Miserables was a book that I read in my teenage years. The first time I heard of the book was when we did ‘The Bishop’s Candlesticks’ in school, a story that talks about forgiveness and love. Jean Val Jean turned into a character who evolved as the novel reached its culmination, a man who suffered much in his youth, and allowed his experiences to turn him into a worthy citizen.

The above quote is all-encompassing. It talks about the evil that men do that lives after them, scorning tyrants who leave devastation in their wake.

A vivid memory is of sitting and watching the musical version in London, and the performance has been imprinted on my mind for all times!




5 comments:

  1. Tyrants who leave devastation in their wake are unfortunately all too common in history. Let's hope we're spared them in our times.

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    1. I agree with you, Damyanti! History abounds with tyrants who have always believed that the world is their oyster.

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  2. Have not read Les Miserables. Your post has piqued my interest and would like to read it. Thanks for sharing, Deepti!

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  3. Les Miserables is a human story that touched the heart, despite touching on the sadder aspects of life, Shilpa. It is a book worth reading, if only to understand human frailty.

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  4. Have read Bishop's candlestick but not the complete book of Les Miserables. That one quote is indeed intriguing to pick the book!

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