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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!

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Episode 43 extras

Jan 8, 2019

A few different online treats for this week.

First, this blog might be useful again for those interested in the geographical details of this section's events.


Here is the Les Misérables-inspired poster from May 1968:


And here, again, is the Delacroix painting that Gavroche came to resemble particularly strongly in...

Episode 42 extras

Dec 11, 2018

Here is a link to a blog where you will find excellent and detailed map work on these sections of Les Misérables.

And here is the promised 1830 map, for a better view of the streets around Les Halles, where much of the action of the next few sections will take...

Episode 41 extras

Nov 27, 2018

No particular extras this week. 

Instead, here's one of the zillions of renditions of the part of the musical that corresponds to the section of story we're starting this week. 

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: