Eek! I am really REALLY behind on The Count of Monte Cristo (up to a pitiful Chapter 34), so I’m determined to dig in this week and gain some ground on this book. Only TWO weeks left in the read-a-long!
Random Personal Fact: When I was in high school, I wrote an essay comparing the dictatorships of Napoleon and Mussolini. I had chosen these historical figures for no other reason than I had recently watched a documentary about Napoleon and a TV series about Mussolini starring George C. Scott. Yes, I watched a lot of television back then too. Since my essay focused on the authoritative style of these men, I didn’t know about some of Napoleon’s history that is mentioned in The Count of Monte Cristo, such as his exile to the island of Elba.
I really felt for poor, innocent Dantés and can’t imagine what it would be like to have your whole life ripped away because of someone else’s jealousies or secrets. I will take great delight in reading how he gets his revenge. Dantés is truly a good guy and I especially admired how loyal he remained to Faria after they lost their opportunity to escape the prison. However, I think he may be a little too perfect and wonder if we will see any flaws to his character once he starts executing his plan for vengeance.
I just read some really long chapters from the point of view of Franz d’Épinay, specifically a chapter call The Roman Bandits. Interesting … but I couldn’t help wondering what happened to Dantés until the name “Sinbad the Sailor” is hinted here and there. So I guess this story of vengeance has a greater cast of characters and a thicker plot than I expected.