4.5 A true Masterpiece... Edzorr | 16/06/2010 | See all Edzorr's reviews (40) An utterly amazing story. Firstly, don't get put off by the fact that its a 19th century classic, and moreover the length. Granted, some of the very long passages about the politics of France at the time can be quite hard to get through, but get through it, as you will be so pleased you did.It is probably my favourite book I have read to date: the story is incredibly deep and moving. So much of life's wonders and depairs is covered here. What I found particularly brilliant was both the portrayals of those living in complete poverty and destitution, and also the kindness of the Bishop of Digne in the beginning 80 or so pages: such amazing writing could not help you but become emotional.I felt bereft when I finished this, and am trawling other classics to see if anything compares.