Posts Tagged “Enjolras”
Get to Know Your ABCs
In the novel, the rebellious students are all individuals, not just Enjolras, Marius, Grantaire and the backup singers seen in the musical.
You Say You Want A Revolution
Before the barricades arise, Hugo establishes the political mood in Paris from 1830-1832, making clear the scope of unrest and that they DID have a chance.
A Revolting Development
The 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 Revolution
Grantaire 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.
Barricades of Future Past (Plus Cannon Geekery)
After a look ahead to the 1848 barricades, Enjolras gives a speech, Valjean makes an entrance, and the students talk geek out over the army's new cannon.
Passing Peak Ammunition
The barricade holds against several attacks the next morning, but they start running out of bullets...and defenders. Adieu to Gavroche and Javert.
Last Stand at the Barricade
Hugo 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.
Revisiting the Movie Musical After Re-Reading the Novel
I liked the film of Les Misérables better on second viewing, and also was able to see just how much they brought in from the novel.
Each 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.
Hitting the Fan
A gripping description of Paris under siege. Mabeuf's BSOD leads to him being the first casualty. And then, everything happens at once.
On The Barricade
Philosophical thoughts on revolutions, civil wars, who should or shouldn't fight, and then everyone dies in bullet points.