05 June 2006

Summer reading (#27)

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (4/5)

I enjoyed the movie when I saw it some years ago. Recently, I saw a bit of it on tv and decided to read the book. There are many significant differences and simplifications to the story for the film version, but they are each enjoyable in their respective media.

The book has it all: action, adventure, romance, danger, betrayal, great fortunes, murder, even Napoleon and the stock market. You don't even have to check it out from the library (though I did), you can read it online or download a copy of it from Project Gutenberg.

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  1. Isn't that a great book? I loved it so much.

  2. I really enjoyed it. Alas, I did not read it en francais. Perhaps some day when I'm feeling ambitious and patient.

  3. Oh, don't bother to read it en francais. That takes too long. Damn romantic language. They get verbs doing things that are positively unnatural.

  4. Yep. Good book. When I read it the second time I had barely an memory of how the story went other than the first little bit.

  5. Michele: Ah good, I'm off the hook! ;]

    Dan: Indeed, there's a lot of detail in the book.