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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 18 extras

Apr 24, 2018

Today's extras are heavily geographical:

Here, once again, is our Google map, now with layers organized by section in the text, to make it a bit easier to zero in on the markers that interest you.

And here, for reference in the much-changed Paris, is an 1823 map of the city. It is far less interactive, but if you're...

Episode 17 extras

Apr 17, 2018

Here are a few examples of artists' interpretations of Cosette with her pail. There are LOTS more images of Cosette here; the page is in French, and at the beginning it's about about the Poor Children's Dinners that Hugo hosted at his home in Guernsey. Scroll down a bit, and you'll begin to recognize Cosette.


1892, ...