I am currently reading les miserables. I started reading it after seeing the film because I realised how ignorant I was of the original. I am unexpectedly hooked, just making me realise what a fantastic creative job the writers Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg did in adapting it to a stage musical and subsequent film. The atmosphere and flavour of France at a time of upheaval and the interior life of the key characters makes compelling reading. I found my understanding of the emotion and conflict expressed so eloquently in the songs and music of the film was greatly enhanced by reading the book. If you enjoyed the film, try the Victor Hugo original, you will not be disappointed.