Thoughts and commentary on Victor Hugo’s masterpiece.
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Get to Know Your ABCsIn the novel, the rebellious students are all individuals, not just Enjolras, Marius, Grantaire and the backup singers seen in the musical.
Stealth CourtshipAt last, Marius and Cosette meet! Sort of. Long-distance flirting is all they can manage, and they still haven't spoken a word to each other after weeks.
Just a LarkMarius withdraws from the world and tries to contact Cosette telepathically. The gang is arrested, but accidentally points Eponine to the Rue Plumet.
Over the EdgeMarius and Cosette's secret meetings start off well. They even escape an attempted robbery. But everything falls apart just as Paris begins to boil over.
A Revolting DevelopmentThe day of the barricade arrives, and the revolt is much bigger than the show makes it look. Gavroche is having a blast running around singing and pranking.
(From) Drinking to RevolutionGrantaire holds court in a tavern, the barricade goes up, Javert is discovered, and Marius has a very different experience getting into the combat zone.
Hey Barricade, Who’s in Charge Here?Initial skirmishes on the barricade, the first deaths, Marius' suicide mission, Gavroche pushing things a bit too far, and Valjean reaching another crisis.
Last Stand at the BarricadeHugo lays out the main theme of the book, 1000 pages in. The barricade falls, the surviving defenders retreat to the tavern, and Grantaire wakes up at last.
Getting SchooledEach of the students represents a part of revolution: Enjolras is purpose, Combeferre wisdom, Jean Prouvere the artist, etc. And there's a lot of humor and wordplay in their introduction.
Commandeering the TavernGrantaire is drunk and angry, Joly has a cold, and the students casually take over the tavern over the objections of the owner and staff.