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The Podcast about Victor Hugo's Les Misérables. In each episode, I will comment on a section of the book, to make it a bit less daunting, and hopefully help you enjoy it a bit more. I am a professor, but this podcast is created with a non-academic, non-expert, non-French-speaking audience in mind--that is, anyone who'd like to dive into this classic!

The Les Misérables Reading Companion Briana Lewis

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    • 4.8 • 35 Ratings

The Podcast about Victor Hugo's Les Misérables. In each episode, I will comment on a section of the book, to make it a bit less daunting, and hopefully help you enjoy it a bit more. I am a professor, but this podcast is created with a non-academic, non-expert, non-French-speaking audience in mind--that is, anyone who'd like to dive into this classic!

    Ep01 - Preface²

    Ep01 - Preface²

    An introductory episode, where I tell you a bit about my plans for this podcast, and then we turn to Hugo's brief preface to his long novel.

    • 37 min
    Ep02 - I,1,i - ix - Why a Bishop?

    Ep02 - I,1,i - ix - Why a Bishop?

    We start our reading of the novel by thinking about the Bishop of Digne, and why Hugo spends so much time on him to start the novel.

    • 41 min
    Ep03 - I,1,x - xiv - The Bishop, Builder of Bridges

    Ep03 - I,1,x - xiv - The Bishop, Builder of Bridges

    We look at the various ways in which the Bishop spans cultural and political divides.

    • 37 min
    Ep04 - I,2,i-v - How to Feed the Body and Soul

    Ep04 - I,2,i-v - How to Feed the Body and Soul

    We meet Jean Valjean, as he arrives in Digne and first encounters the Bishop.

    • 41 min
    Ep05 - I,2,vi-ix - Understanding Despair

    Ep05 - I,2,vi-ix - Understanding Despair

    We consider our first glimpse behind the veil, into Jean Valjean's mind. 

    • 35 min
    Ep06 - I,2,x-xiii - The Bishop's Real Work

    Ep06 - I,2,x-xiii - The Bishop's Real Work

    We explore the famous scene(s) that will change Jean Valjean's life.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

q124494 ,

Fantastic and Thorough

This is just a must listen if you like the book. I wish I had known about this when I attempted to read the novel as it provides the necessary instruction to fully comprehend what is going on. Strong work!

the real Pastor Paul ,

Wonderful simply wonderful

After a dive through Dumas' Three Musketeers, I felt an inkling to read Les Misérables, a novel as a Lutheran Pastor I have wanted to read for some time but have been intimidated by the sheer size of it. Also, perhaps a bit of trepidation of not knowing enough French history to fully appreciate it . I took the plunge anyway and while only 30% into this masterpiece, I can say that is a masterpiece. I found myself wanting to find someone to read this novel with and none of my friends wanted to read it with me. I turned to the internet and came across your wonderful podcast. Dr Lewis insights are wonderful. Her knowledge of the period is perfect. And she teaches in such an easy style to listen to and learn from, it makes me envious.

Thank you for producing this labor of love. You have made a wonderful novel even more wonderful. I even wonder if it is too late to learn French.

jbelaa ,

So enjoyable & intelligent

I wish there were a new podcast every day! I can’t get enough & it’s so hard to wait!

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