Review: L’homme qui rit (The Man Who Laughs)

La société lui avait tout de suite, d’emblée, à la fois, fait ses trois offres et donné ses trois dons, le mariage, la famille, la caste. Le mariage? il avait vu sur le seuil la prostitution. La famille? son frère l’avait souffleté, et l’attendait le lendemain, l’épée à la main. La caste? elle venait de lui éclater […]

Saturday Excerpt: Marius and Cosette’s Wedding (Les misérables)

Cosette and Marius Pontmercy married 16 February 1833 in the Eglise St-Paul-St-Louis in the Marais, coincidentally where Victor Hugo’s favorite daughter, Léopoldine married Charles Vacquerie at the age of nineteen (Cosette was seventeen when she married Marius). So in honor of the occassion, here is an excerpt from their wedding night: Si, à cette heure suprême, […]

Thursday Blurbs #1: The Cosette Hate

Since I’ve seen the Les Misérables movie already, I might as well get this off my chest. I love Eponine. Seriously, I do. But I detest all the Cosette hate simply because she got the guy. Cosette suffered just as much as Eponine and she deserves her happy ending (which isn’t that happy of an […]

Les Misérables: The Paris of the Misérables

Volumes 3-5 of Les Misérables are heavily set in Paris and before my flight has landed in CDG-Roissy, I promised myself that with my one-and-a-half month, I would visit every, single setting of Les Misérables in Paris. My biggest problem was how great Paris has changed from Paris of the 1830s to Paris of today. The Paris of Les misérables was still […]

Chez Victor Hugo

Last spring, I gained the wonderful opportunity to intern in the Embassy of the Philippines in Paris and become une vraie parisienne for a month-and-a-half. Armed with this timeframe, a monthly metro card to anywhere in Paris and a student’s identity card that got me discounts and free entrance to almost everywhere, I got to indulge myself […]

Review: Le fantôme de l’opéra (The Phantome of the Opera)

“It is I who must ask you that, my friend. Are we so unfortunate when we love?” “Yes, Christine, when we love and when we are not sure of being loved.” (-C’est moi qui devrais vous le demander, mon ami. On est donc malheureux, quand on aime? -Oui, Christine, quand on aime et quand on […]

Excerpt: ChVIII – Marbre contre granit

A few instants after, Marius appeared. He entered. Even before having crossed threshold of the salon, he glimpsed his grandfather who had in hand one of his cards and upon seeing him, cried with an air of sneering bourgeois superiority which had something crashing: “Hear! Hear! Fancy! Fancy! Fancy! You are a baron at present. […]

Excerpt: Chapitre III – L’Alouette

In the country, they called her the Lark. The people, who loved figures, delighted in christening with this name this small being, barely bigger than a bird, trembling, frightened and cold, the first to awake each morning in the house and in the village, always in the streets or in the fields before dawn. Only […]