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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!)


Oct 30, 2018

When you visit a place, it's only polite to try to learn a bit of the language....

Episode 39 extras

Oct 30, 2018

Just one little extra for you this time: a map of France's regional languages:

Oct 16, 2018

Gavroche teaches us a thing or two about fatherhood.

Episode 38 extras

Oct 16, 2018

Here's our little buddy Gavroche, showing us around his world in the 2012 movie musical.

I've put a couple of places from this section (l'Orme-Saint-Gervais and the Place de la Bastilee) on our Google map. If you look at the 1823 map and the 1830 map, you can see mention of the Elephant.

Here are pictures of the three...

Oct 2, 2018

Our characters reach across the barriers that separate them.