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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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Jun 26, 2018

Another child atrophies in another kind of darkness.

Episode 25 extras

Jun 26, 2018

First, a bit of extra info about Gillenormand...

I mentioned that he was mis-costumed in the 2012 movie; the novel says that he had kept the style of the Incroyables of the final years of the 18th century. Here's what that looked like:


But here's Gillenormand in the 2012 movie musical. This style is more...

Jun 19, 2018

We meet fan-favorite Gavroche and the gamin de Paris, the character type that he doesn't quite exemplify.

Episode 24 extras

Jun 19, 2018

Here's a pen and ink drawing of Gavroche, drawn by Victor Hugo himself. The writing at the bottom says "Gavroche, at 11 years old."


I've added Gavroche's stomping grounds, per the first paragraph of chapter 13 (III,1,xiii), to our Google map, the first marker in the layer for Part III.


Here is an early...