If you have kids, read this book with them. Better yet, listen to the audio CD. (We listened to it on all our long drives in Utah.) You won't regret it. All about having a soft heart even in adversity. SO good. (Thanks Sayds for the recommendation!)But I can't recommend this one:
I hear the reason I didn't like it is because I read the abridged version (a huge, fat, 634 pages), as opposed to the "real" one (even fatter, 1462 pages). The book clubbers who read the real version loved it. But as for me it was the first time I've liked a movie better than the book. I must be too much of a romantic.
I did, however, really love the underlying moral of the story (at least in my mind) which the Count relates in a letter to a friend at the end of the book: "There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness."