Have you seen the new Les Miserable film? Me? Not yet, just the original movie (and the novel, of course).
I’d like to say I’ve been getting by, but that would be lying.
You know you aren’t getting by when lying in bed, hoping for sleep, the times you aren’t suffocating from diaphragm failure, you are trying to scream. Lots of drugs didn’t work. And it went on and on for hour after hour (golly, that sounds a lot like sex.....sadly, it wasn't sex).
If I had to describe it: it was what I thought having a grenade detonate after I leapt on it might feel like. Only instead of dying in a few minutes, the pain was just there, or it grew, and it filled days and days. Gosh, pain keeps the mind busy.
I’d never do that again, if I had the idea of what it was. Almost up to sleeping for four hours without a 'pain wakeup' now.
I’ve been listening to A La Volonté Du Peuple (For the Will of the People). The tune is similar to ‘The song of angry men’ or ‘Do you hear the people sing?’ from Les Miserable. Except before there was Les Miserable, the hit west end musical, there were songs and Lyrics written in 1980 for Les Miserable. The English decided to use 1/3rd of the original and rewrite the rest. Then the English version was retranslated back to French for the ‘Award Winning Musical’ as it came to France in 1991. Irony, no?
Nous voulons faire la lumière
Malgré le masque de la nuit
Pour illuminer notre terre
Et changer la vie
(We want to bring light
Despite the darkness of night
To lighten the world
And change life)
In translation/addition the song becomes about Crusades and the symbol of barricades and the sacred soil of France. Which somewhat misses the point in an anti-royalist period piece showing that France IS the people.
In English Les Miserable this song is sung by someone a bit twee, or ends up sounding like a guy pleased with his vocal cords masturbating. Hello! It is song about drinking and fighting, sheesh. The original French version by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil has one guy sounding better than a chorus. Liberte!
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