I'll be doing it in French. In fact, I'll have to set aside a few afternoons this week to finish the last 300 pages of my current readthrough in French, since it would be rather absurd to be reading the same book simultaneously at the beginning and at the end.
The current reread is reminding me how thematically linked a lot of the books are, often in ways I hadn't noticed. (Example: last time I read it, I was too busy going FUCK YEAH FURNITURE WALL to notice that all the chapters in "The Grandeurs of Despair" are related to... well... desperate people kicking ass. Mabeuf and Éponine's deaths, Marius' suicidal powder-keg heroics, etc.) So while our official reading schedule is one chapter per day, I vote that any chapters in a particular book are fair game for discussion in that book's thread, even if they're technically ahead of schedule.
Quick question: is anybody going to be reading it for the first time? I think we've been operating on the assumption that this will be a reread for everyone here, but it would be interesting to know if there are going to be any Hugo virgins involved. Obviously we're not going to be avoiding spoilers or anything, but we can cheerlead you through the digressions, etc.
[Dieu] entend ta voix, ô fille des hommes! aussi bien que celle des constellations; car rien n'est petit pour celui devant lequel rien n'est grand.
- George Sand, Les sept cordes de la lyre