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Book 5

  1. Grossmith, George & Weedon — The Diary of a Nobody (166 pages)
  2. McCarthy, Cormac — Blood Meridian (334 pages)
  3. Moore, Alan & Dave Gibbons — Watchmen (399 pages)
  4. Moore, Christopher — Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal (507 pages)
  5. Murger, Henri — The Bohemians of the Latin Quarter (381 pages)

Page count: 1787.

You can guess easily enough why I wanted to read The Bohemians of the Latin Quarter. If you can't, you need to visit www.dshenderson.co.uk. (Yes, I am shameless about self-promotion and improving my Google ranking.) This is the novel on which both Puccini and Leoncavallo based their respective operas.

The Bohemians of the Latin Quarter was a surprisingly enjoyable read. No, as one friend put it, this is not great literature. But it's fun. While Murger paints both comical and tragic scenes, it's the comic where he shines. Alas, the tragic occasionally, without Puccini's deft touch, veers into the maudlin and tedious. But the comic situations involving the friends sparkles with wit and verve.

Murger's work, of course, will help me fill in a lot of the backstory into my own interpretation of Colline. But aside from it's benefit to me as a tool used in preparing a role, it's something I think anyone who loves La bohème would enjoy reading.

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