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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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I still very much look forward to reading your comments! (Unless you're a troll; I will exercise ruthless editorial authority when it comes to trolls!)


Mar 27, 2018

Divine encounters come in many forms.

Episode 14 extras

Mar 27, 2018

Nothing in particular for the extras today, so I thought I'd share links to some other folks who are reading and talking about Les Misérables online these days.

Have a look at #lesmisreadalong on Twitter; they're taking inspiration from the fact that the novel has a total 365 chapters to read one each day for 2018....

Mar 20, 2018

Our hero's dilemma finds resolution in a strangely familiar place.

Episode 13 extras

Mar 20, 2018

Here are the promised links to Jean Racine's Phèdre: in French and in English translation. The "action" scene I mention is Act V, scene 6. One can understand why Hugo would have wanted to see the...

Mar 13, 2018

We discuss horse-drawn travel, our hero's anonymity, and his final agonizing moments of indecision.