For the last couple of weeks I have been working near Victoria Station in central London, it’s been fun but I am getting bored of the commute into our fair capital. On the other hand, it does mean I’ve been able to read far more on my kindle than I have done in… oh, at least the first 18 months that I’ve owned the thing.
Admittedly I’ve only been reading the one book which has turned out to be a lot longer than I was expecting. But it has a musical that I enjoy based upon it so I figured I might as well read the book. And while knowing how the plot works has certainly helped I am impressed how much has been cut out.
For instance, there is a fairly minor character in the musical, who gets maybe, half a dozen lines near the beginning of the musical. In the book he gets a full 10%, indeed the first 10%. Having checked the wikipedia entry for this book it turns out that this is nearly 150 pages of prose… damn, I thought it was a lot.
Any how, this book that I am reading is a small novel written by Victor Hugo called Les Misérables.
I think I may have it finished within the next few weeks. One of the things I do like about proper books is that you know how many pages you’ve got to read.
But back to Victoria, this is the view from the rood of the building I’m working on.