Elevation Leg 2: 2001, Europe

Aug
15
1997

Koln/Vienna - Miserable reading.

Koln/Vienna - Miserable reading. Willie takes time out to read Victor Hugo.

En route to Austria we find ourselves back in Koln. The band were dropping in on the Viva music TV awards, to pick up a gong for "Best International Act". I feel pretty international right now I have to say.

I slipped away for the evening to get a bit of peace and quiet. Sat in a cafe and continued reading "Les Miserables". I saw the musical, etc, but was recommended the Victor Hugo original novel, so having got over the intimidation of the size of the tome itself, I have waded in. Its an astonishing book. Talk about emotional roller coaster -obsessive detail and getting right inside the soul of the characters (most of whom are living in the most desperate straits imaginable). Its heavy going, but I can't get it out of my head. The battle for the soul of all these people, in a time when such things were paramount.

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