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telophase ([personal profile] telophase) wrote2013-01-16 12:55 pm

Les Misérables

There is a special sort of RPG nerd who will, if you admit to him at a party that you have been known to enjoy the odd roll of a 20-sided die yourself, pin you to the wall with the sheer force of his nerdosity and tell you in excruciating detail, step by step, die roll by die roll, about the most recent game he has played in his current campaign. The one I most often think of is the one who buttonholed my friend Clint at a party close to twenty years ago and subsequently proceeded to tell Clint all about one small part of his most recent LotR gaming session, in which he played a dwarf who rushed into battle and was promptly trampled by an oliphaunt. That was it. It took twenty-five minutes for this story to unfold, hit point by hit point, and as a direct result Clint never again admitted that he was a gamer to anyone he didn't already know.

This is pretty much what I feel like after reading Victor Hugo's eighteen chapters about Waterloo in Les Misérables.
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[personal profile] ellen_fremedon 2013-01-16 07:08 pm (UTC)(link)

I find the force of Hugo's nerdosity more endearing than not, but that may be because I haven't reread the book in almost twenty years.
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[personal profile] ellen_fremedon 2013-01-16 07:16 pm (UTC)(link)
The discourse on the sewers is one of my favorite parts!

And when you consider how many expository digressions Hugo goes off on, the fact that only two chapters out of 365 are actually irrelevant is pretty impressive.
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[personal profile] yhlee 2013-01-16 09:46 pm (UTC)(link)
I liked the sewer part enough to remember it after reading it in 7th grade.

I'm not sure if I read an abridged translation or not, although given that it was (I think) 1600 pages long...but I read close to half of it on the flight from the USA to Korea, so my memory is a little hazy.
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[personal profile] kate_nepveu 2013-01-17 02:26 am (UTC)(link)
You know about [personal profile] skygiants's re-read, right?
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[personal profile] snarp 2013-01-17 05:20 am (UTC)(link)
My French teacher really liked making our lives difficult, but she actually told us to skip that. I think we did read the sewers thing.

[identity profile] 2013-01-16 08:08 pm (UTC)(link)
YES! THIS IS IT EXACTLY. Sorry, got excited by having a way to express this.

[identity profile] 2013-01-16 08:10 pm (UTC)(link)
No need for apologies: I'm just happy that I remembered the story and realized that it fit exactly with my experience of the book! :D

(Although I sort of want a t-shirt proclaiming that I survived Waterloo!)

[identity profile] 2013-01-16 08:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Hahahaha, yes. I thought I would never get through that section when I read the book.

[identity profile] 2013-01-16 08:28 pm (UTC)(link)
I was warned about it, so I was prepared! I ended up skimming it (well, except for the chapter on the guy who yelled "MERDE!" and it was THE NOBLEST THING EVAR ZOMG!!) as I was already assured that I wouldn't actually need that info for the story's purposes. XD