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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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Jan 30, 2018

We explore the famous scene(s) that will change Jean Valjean's life.

Episode 06 extras

Jan 30, 2018

This episode didn't contain specific references to anything in particular that needs elaboration here. 

The only exception might be that I made quite a few references to the musical.... for those who don't know it well, and would like to hear what I'm talking about, here and here are the first two tracks, which cover...

Jan 23, 2018

We consider our first glimpse behind the veil, into Jean Valjean's mind. 

Episode 05 extras

Jan 23, 2018

Here is a picture of a galère or galley, as they operated between the 15th and 18th centuries in the French fleet in the Mediterranean. The rowing would have been done by forced labor, often convicts. However, by the time Jean Valjean was sentenced to hard labor, these ships were no longer in use. He would have lived...

Jan 16, 2018

We meet Jean Valjean, as he arrives in Digne and first encounters the Bishop.