Shiloh's post made me remember my own Foreign Literature/Language courses that I took. Reading a book in a foreign language seems daunting at first, especially if you are not all that familiar with it, so reading abridged books is a great idea. You still get the feel for the story and you can stop at any time to check some of the more difficult words. Reading them together in class was always a treat.
Bull, I do not think anyone here means reading an abridged book when you were instructed to read a full version. Rather, we support the idea of teachers using an abridged book in the younger grades to introduce the books that importantly shaped the country's contribution to literature.
Thank you Dario!