Thursday, May 20, 2010


The other night I was leafing through an old edition of Victor Hugo’s Toilers of the Sea (La Travailleurs de la Mer) & I came across a picture of the Guernseyman hero, Gilliat, grappling with a monstrous octopus.


Monster-of-the-Week: ...for no other reason than that Saturday is the 125th anniversary of Hugo’s death, & also that they’re kickass pictures, this week let’s give the nod to this eight-armed invertebrate menace. The beautiful third drawing—from which the second appears to have been adapted—is by Hugo himself:

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