Possibly about twenty years ago or more—I don’t remember exactly—I read “Les Misérables” for the first time. Of course, I read it a few more times later. Once I had described it in a way that surprised everyone; hence, I'd rather not use that term again.
March 06, 1999
I was reminded of Victor Hugo's talent, expressed in his book “Les Misérables”, which is an account of Napoleon’s wars. Rather, he describes portions of Napoleon’s wars in it. I believe Victor Hugo has depicted the best of these scenes through his words. Victor Hugo is a wise man [hakim], not a typical author. He is indeed a Hakeem, as we Muslims say, and this Hakeem has inserted his best words into “Les Misérables”. “Les Misérables” is a book of wisdom [hikmat] and in my opinion, everyone should read it.
September 20, 1993