Still a bit rough around the edges, but my Gemini conversion for my Les Misérables …

Still a bit rough around the edges, but my Gemini conversion for my Les Misérables commentary is up! The blog is now available both on the web and via Gemini.

It features commentary from two full read-throughs (in different translations) plus reviews of movie, stage, radio and comic adaptations.

Gemini: Re-Reading Les Misérables
Web: Re-Reading Les Misérables

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The Les Miserables Reading Companion podcast has gotten to the infamous chapter on the Paris sewers.

The Les Miserables Reading Companion podcast @readlesmispod@twitter.com has gotten to the infamous chapter on the Paris sewers. There’s a surprising amount of political context that contemporary readers would have caught.

https://readlesmis.libsyn.com/ep50-v2-human-waste

#LesMiserables #LesMis #books

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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Finished the Waterloo section of Les Miserables, infamous for being ~50 pages where only 4 relate to the plot.

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.

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“Javert did not say, ‘Let’s get a move on!’ He said, ‘Lessghehmwuhahn!’ …

“Javert did not say, ‘Let’s get a move on!’ He said, ‘Lessghehmwuhahn!’ No spelling can do justice to the way in which it was uttered: it was no longer human speech, it was an animal roar.”

I’m really enjoying some of the wordplay in this translation of . I’m guessing it’s in the original, but the last translation I read sacrificed it to make the text read more smoothly.

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I’ve picked up Les Misérables again. The last time I read it was 5 years ago…

I’ve picked up Les Misérables again. The last time I read it was 5 years ago, when I posted an ongoing commentary as I worked through “the brick.” https://hyperborea.org/les-mis

This time I’m reading a different translation (2013 Donougher), and while I do plan on commenting online – I don’t plan on posting *nearly* as much!

I still have ReadingLesMis on the birdsite – not sure if I should post here or find a more book-focused instance. #books #lesmis

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The sky was darkening, but the lights in the parking lot hadn’t turned on yet…

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.

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.

Reblogged at Re-Reading Les Mis Tumblr
Cross-Posted at Re-Reading Les Mis

Hugo tries to describe how different Paris was “45 years ago.” It’s easy to forget that #LesMis was already a historical novel when new.

Hugo tries to describe how different Paris was “45 years ago.” It’s easy to forget that #LesMis was already a historical novel when new.

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The modern equivalent would be a story written today that starts in 1965 & runs through 1982. #ReadingLesMis

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