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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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Episode 40 extras

Nov 13, 2018

If you'd like to learn more about Éponine's song in this section, browse the complete works of Pierre-Jean Béranger. The lyrics are (of course) in French, and each song has a little player that lets you hear the tune. Here is Ma Grand'mère, which we see her sing...

Episode 39 extras

Oct 30, 2018

Just one little extra for you this time: a map of France's regional languages:

Episode 38 extras

Oct 16, 2018

Here's our little buddy Gavroche, showing us around his world in the 2012 movie musical.

I've put a couple of places from this section (l'Orme-Saint-Gervais and the Place de la Bastilee) on our Google map. If you look at the 1823 map and the 1830 map, you can see mention of the Elephant.

Here are pictures of the three...

Episode 37 extras

Oct 2, 2018

Just one link for the extras today: to Blaise Pascal's Pensées, in French and in English.

Episode 36 extras

Sep 25, 2018

We mentioned the chaining of the convicts at Bicêtre here again, so I will again link to Le Dernier Jour d'un condamné (The Last Day of a Condemned Man) in French and in English; the chapter describing such a chaining is chapter 13.

Bicêtre is on our Google map in the Part 2 layer, and in the current Part 4 layer, I...