Posts Tagged “Gavroche”
Paris Has the Best Street Urchins
Victor Hugo describes the idealized Paris urchin of the early 1800s, a microcosm of Paris, itself a microcosm of the world. Then we meet Gavroche.
Epic Fail at Mugging
Montparnasse tries to mug Jean Valjean...while Gavroche is watching...outside Mabeuf's garden. It doesn't go well for Montparnasse.
Gavroche and the Adventure of the Incognito Family
The urchin Gavroche takes in two small boys without knowing they're his brothers. Later that night, he helps rescue his father....who doesn't recognize him.
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.
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.
Revisiting the Movie Musical After Re-Reading the Novel
I liked the film of Les Miserables better on second viewing, and also was able to see just how much they brought in from the novel.
The Wretched of the Earth
While the whole novel is built around justice for those downtrodden by society, Victor Hugo focuses on five specific examples of poverty.
Let’s meet Marius! Haha just kidding, here’s a street urchin first
Hugo really pours on his Paris-is-the-best-of-everything attitude in this chapter. Paris even has the best homeless children.
There are some wonderful reversals, irony and coincidence in the scene where Montparnasse tries (badly) to rob Jean Valjean.
Gavroche and his Family
The youngest two Thénardier children luck out by being raised by someone else. Gavroche is no worse off on the street than his sisters at home, but by raising himself, he's turned out kind-hearted.