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Welcome to the website for "The Les Misérables Reading Companion," where you'll find all the episodes of this podcast about Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, plus extras relating to what I've discussed there. 

This page is a work in progress. Come back early and often for updates!

The comment function on this page was giving us trouble--comments disappearing, that sort of thing--so I've shut it off...

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I still very much look forward to reading your comments! (Unless you're a troll; I will exercise ruthless editorial authority when it comes to trolls!)


Episode 22 extras

May 22, 2018

Once again this week, no particular multimedia extras. Episode 23 will come with some cool stuff though--stay tuned!

The podcast (and I) will be on vacation for a couple of weeks; I hope to have the next episode ready for you on June 12, but won't be surprised if it's the 13th. 

In the meantime, I may try to make...

May 15, 2018

We decipher Hugo's complex position on Jean Valjean's latest hideout.

Episode 21 extras

May 15, 2018

No particular extras for this week's episode, but I did mention in passing the Preface to Cromwell, linked to most recently in episode 20's extras.... 

Next week, we'll return from this heavily philosophical digression to one of the most charming sections of the novel!

May 8, 2018

We discuss Hugo's take on life inside his fictional convent.

Episode 20 extras

May 8, 2018

I mentioned Chateaubriand's René; here it is in French and in English.

Another famous example of the convent as a place of retreat from the rigors of worldly love is in the late-eighteenth-century novel Les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) by Choderlos de Laclos. It's a lot of novel for that one thing,...