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[personal profile] elsane links us to a parody of Les Misérables about and by, of all things, the Korean Air Force. My quota of surrealism for the day has been reached.

It also proves what I suspected to be true: that the relationship between Valjean and Javert is still more interesting than that between Marius and Cosette, even when Valjean and Marius are conflated.
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I finished Les Miserables on Sunday, reading almost half the book that day. (Yes, I read fast. I also did a lot of skimming over Hugo's digressions!)

I think my favorite part may be Javert's suicide note. As he's having his crisis of conscience (a true dark night of the soul!), he stares out over the railings of a bridge into the roiling waters, and finally comes to the conclusion that he cannot live in this weird new world that's been opened up to him. So he then goes back to the police station and composes a memo to his superiors explaining things that are wrong with their procedures and ways to fix them, then goes back out and throws himself off the bridge. XD Oh, Javert.
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What I am reading Wednesday: almost halfway through Les Miserables. Marius has found his new revolutionary friends.


Jan. 29th, 2013 12:12 pm
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Today's Les Miserables quote:

"To err is human, to stroll is Parisian."


Jan. 29th, 2013 12:06 pm
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I just reached the introduction of the student revolutionaries in Les Miserables, and there's a reference i think i may not be getting.

One of them is named Jean, and the text says that he called himself Jehan, 'with the touch of fantasy that characterized the profound and widespread impulse of that time, which has given rise to our most necessary study of the Middle Ages.'

Is it that Jehan is an older form of the name, is it that it's a more rustic version, what?

At lunch right now and on my phone so Hoogling isn't much of an option. (I like that typo so won't change it to Googling.)
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Here is the actual quote from Les Misérables that I was referring to yesterday, which clearly shows Hugo's familiarity with cats:
We all know the habit of cats of hesitating in an open doorway. Which of us has not said to a cat, ‘Well, come in if you want to?’ There are men who, in moments when a decision is called for, hover uncertainly like the cat, at the risk of being crushed by the closing of the door. These cautious spirits may run greater risks than those who are more daring. Fauchelevent was by nature one of them, but Valjean’s imperturbability was too much for him.

Hugo, Victor (2003-04-24). Les Miserables (Classics) (Kindle Locations 8227-8231). Penguin Classics. Kindle Edition.
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I just reached a point in Les Miserables where Hugo just compared a man waffling over a decision to a cat for which you've just opened a door, as it stands there undecided about whether it wants to go in or out.
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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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