The Bohemians of the Latin Quarter: Scenes De La Vie De Boheme

The Bohemians of the Latin Quarter: Scenes de la Vie de Boheme - Henri Murger, Montader Henri Murger's series of vignettes concerning four Paris bohemians (Marcel, Rodolphe, Colline and Schaunard) is the basis for Puccini's "La Boheme" and, subsequently, Jonathan Larson's "Rent."The book combines pathos and unexpected good humor to show the difficulties of artistic life in 19th C. Paris. The mens' unfailing enthusiasm and absolute belief that they are about to be the next big thing carries them in and out of various scrapes and, of course, into the arms of various women.I found the book to be quite entertaining, as well as providing significant additional insight into the actions in Puccini's opera. Highly recommended.