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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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Feb 27, 2018

The men around Fantine are both heroic and.... less so. And Hugo is as well. 

Episode 10 extras

Feb 27, 2018

Here is the original story (in French) that is considered the origin of Fantine. An English version begins on page 42 of this ebook.

And, it also seems appropriate to give a little more information about Léonie Biard (née d'Aunet, 1820-1879). Before she turned twenty, she insisted, despite extensive objections, on...

Feb 20, 2018

We talk about humans behaving like animals, and worse, as we meet Javert, and discuss Fantine's "descent."

Episode 09 extras

Feb 20, 2018

Because what's the Internet without cat pictures?

Auguste Vacquerie, family friend and brother of Hugo's late son-in-law, was an early adopter of the practice of at-home photography.

Photographs of the many pets of Hauteville-House are rare, but here is one. Lazy housecat indeed.


And while we're still thinking...

Feb 13, 2018

We leave a lot unsaid, for now, as we add some new characters to our cast.