Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Count of Monte Cristo - by Alexandre Dumas

This might not be the time to suggest a long book, when Amazon is so vigorously pushing the quick-read “Kindle Singles” – but the lengthy “Count of Monte Cristo(.99 US Edition) (£0.77 UK edition) is one of those books that you can get lost in and never realize the length.

I don’t want to give away the plot, but the Count is a much wronged man and we get to follow him on his mission of revenge.
"Well, my dear sir," said Danglars to Fernand, "here is a marriage which does not appear to make everybody happy."
      "It drives me to despair," said Fernand.
      "Do you, then, love Mercedes?"
      "I adore her!"

      "For long?"
      "As long as I have known her — always."
      "And you sit there, tearing your hair, instead of seeking to remedy your condition; I did not think that was the way of your people."
      "What would you have me do?" said Fernand.
      "How do I know? Is it my affair? I am not in love with Mademoiselle Mercedes; but for you — in the words of the gospel, seek, and you shall find."
I love this book and remember how long it was and how drawn I was into the narrative.  I may have looked like I was in high school, but I was really a prisoner on an island . . .

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  1. Yes. And I was in the other cell.

    This is one of my favorite books. I've read it twice. One of those times was on a tiny ipod touch. It was just as good the second time around!

  2. An ipod! That is dedication. : ) I am going to re-read this too, after I finish some other books in the queue.

    How fun that you read it on an ipod!


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