Monday, September 26, 2011

Victor Hugo

[S]trange to say, the first symptom of true love in a young man is timidity; in a young girl it is boldness.  This is surprising, and yet nothing is more simple.  It is the two sexes tending to approach each other and assuming each the other's qualities.
From his monumental 1862 novel, Les Misérables.  In France, Hugo is remembered first as a poet -- some consider him the greatest of all French poets.  Outside of France he is best known for his novels Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

Hugo is buried in the Panthéon, which was built as a church but converted during the French Revolution to a mausoleum for the interment of prominent Frenchmen.  Among those buried there are Voltaire, Rousseau, Zola, Marie Curie, and Louis Braille.  The Panthéon is located in the Latin Quarter, and is an impressive sight from a sidewalk table at a student restaurant where I once enjoyed a meal of moules, frites, and Belgian beer and read A Moveable Feast.
The Panthéon, Paris

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