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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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Les Misérables on PBS, episode 5

May 13, 2019

I think we all learned a lesson tonight: Hugo didn’t know that cinema would be invented within a half-century of when he wrote Les Misérables, but he did write for the stage, and if he’d known about cinema, he would have wanted in. So when adapting him, in action scenes and interactions between characters, just get...


Les Misérables on PBS, episode 4

May 6, 2019

OK, so let’s just get this out of the way: THERE IS NO BROTHEL SCENE IN LES MISÉRABLES. Also, Éponine is not in the business of free peep shows to the neighbors, and Hugo worked very hard to make every interaction between Marius and Cosette pure as the driven snow, even down to their thoughts about each other. In...


May 5, 2019

Jean Valjean wrestles with what he finds beneath the streets.


Episode 51 extras

May 5, 2019

Here's the 1830 map again for your convenience, if you'd like to try to locate Jean Valjean's approximate trajectory through the sewers.

And the details of that journey are too much for our Google map (and my mapping skills), but I have marked, in the new Part V layer, the point where Jean Vajean enters the sewer and...


Les Misérables on PBS, episode 3

Apr 30, 2019

Some themes seem to be emerging, as we’re half way through the series....

Lily Collins continued to do amazing work tonight, and the headline, I think, was Fantine’s death scene, which was stunning all around. Apart from the metal bar that connects this scene to the one by the Bishop’s bedside in the book, and...