I have decided why I am struggling so much with Les Mis. It is not that Hugo writes in an inflated, long-winded manner. It is because I have a hard time dealing with rollar coster plots. For example, "Meet the Parents". Now, I've received this issue genetically. My mom and dad both suffer from this. In "Meet the Parents", the poor fiance suffers through the whole movie, with no near sign of relief or vengence. And the worst part is there is no hero for the poor guy. No one to stand up for him. His fiance is oblivious to the situation. Same problem in Les Mis. A noble fellow, he is up and then down and then up and then down again. But the worst part in all of this is that it is entirely his own stupid fault. And, unfortunately, I know the ending, which gives me no reprieve. I hate to say it, but, I fear the worst. I think for the time being I'm going to be moving on. I might even need a pity read in between new reads. But who to pick? Who will bring me the comfort of a gradually happy built plot with a heart-warming ending? I think for those of you who know me, you know exactly what I will pick.