The Les Miserables Reading Companion podcast @firstname.lastname@example.org has gotten to the infamous chapter on the Paris sewers. There’s a surprising amount of political context that contemporary readers would have caught.
Each time I’ve read #LesMis, I’ve appreciated the chapter on argot more. @readlesmispod’s latest episode is on that chapter, and they give it even more context, illustrating how language can be used for gatekeeping…or rebellion. https://readlesmis.libsyn.com/ep39-iv7i-iv-argot
I finished reading #LesMis last month, but I’m still listening to @readlesmispod every week. It’s fascinating & highly recommended for anyone who has read or wants to read the book. The most recent episode covers Marius’ introduction to Enjolras & the ABC Society.
Finished the #Waterloo section of #LesMiserables, infamous for being ~50 pages where only 4 relate to the plot. (Thénardier has a track record of mistaking Pontmercys for dead.)
It starts out fascinating, with a tour of the old battlefield, then flashing back to the battle itself. Eventually it gets tedious as Hugo rambles on about what it means philosophically. When he gets back to the story, it becomes a riveting (if short) tale set in the aftermath of battle.
The sky was darkening, but the lights in the parking lot hadn’t turned on yet. Adding the bright moon reminded me of the chase through the streets of Paris in Les Misérables, in which Jean Valjean was helped by the fact that the city street lamps had been left unlit that night on account of the moonlight. It was one of those things that never occurred to my twentieth-century suburban mind, but it makes perfect sense in when someone has to go around lighting all the lamps by hand.