Those are just a few reasons why you’d enjoy this six-week discussion group around PBS Masterpiece’s upcoming broadcast of the BBC’s Les Misérables, which received rave reviews during its British premiere last winter. This six-part miniseries brings Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, forgiveness, and redemption to life on screen yet again, prompting us to consider how his guiding principles for life can help us. Schönberg and Boublil’s music and lyrics are not there—but Hugo’s deep understanding of our humanity is. You are welcome whether you have read Hugo’s novel or not.
Enjoy and explore Les Misérables with Victor Hugo specialist Marva Barnett, who’s often taught the novel at UVA and whose book To Love Is to Act: Les Misérables and Victor Hugo’s Vision for Leading Lives of Conscience will be published this fall by Swan Isle Press. No need to have read the novel!
Les Misérables will air at 9:00 p.m. Sunday evenings (and stream online) beginning on April 14 (https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/shows/les-miserables/#). Our discussion group will meet on the following Wednesday evenings (April 17 through May 22), 7:00-8:15 p.m. at the Gordon Avenue Library to share our reactions, questions, and ideas about why this classic still speaks so compellingly to us today. Space is limited! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to save a place, and confirm which days you can attend.