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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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Aug 7, 2018

We explore miners and their tools, and how they fit into Les Misérables.

Episode 30 extras

Aug 7, 2018

Here's my most excellent illustration of the various ways the novel visualizes the world below. (Sorry.) 


And here are a couple of examples of entries from the Encyclopédie that have a bit more to say than we might expect: Sovereign (in French and in English) and Reason (in French and in English). If you'd like...

Jul 31, 2018

So... what's a teen crush doing in here?

Episode 29 extras

Jul 31, 2018

All of the drama between Marius and Cosette in this section takes place in the Luxembourg gardens. This will not be the last time we see this spot either, so I've marked it on our Google map, even though it's pretty easy to locate in Paris without a marker. 

Here's an image of a young Hugo, closely matching...

Jul 17, 2018

The descent into poverty is a familiar one.