I understand that there was a lot more wrong in the world back then when Victor Hugo wrote the book, but what I don't understand is why people in this day and age actually read it. I admit I have read it, but only because I wanted to pass English. Books regarded today as "Old Classics" are simply depressing, unrelated pieces of wasted publishing. It is understandable for someone wishing to study life in those eras, or perhaps wishing to delve into the works of a dead author, but for modern day kids being forced to read a book, written back in the 1800's, that does not even relate to modern day society or situations, that, I believe is sad. It is a depressing book, which only highlights what is wrong with the world, both now and then, and I believe that books should be for either entertainment or studying etc. This book, obviously, is not.