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This is a book you should hope you never understand truly, being written from the point of view of a man condemned to die for crimes committed. Hated and cast out by society, the man wakes each day in prison contemplating his life and everything besides that. Knowing that he must tread the trodden path to the guillotine, the book is eclipsed by a sense of hopelessness. It is a book where you know what the ending will be, but it is the journey there that will take you on a separate journey.
What makes this book stand out?
A man dying. His thoughts put out on a plate in front of you. Every one of us has imagined what it would be to die. This tells a take none of us dares contemplate.
Read it for
Hugo loves darkness. Seriously what was wrong with the man? Read it for a take on death that is so very clear but ambiguous at the same time.
Don't read it for
It is not a book again for the light of heart. A man is condemned to die, and these are his last hours.