Are you ready to read a classic? We have chosen The Count of Monte Cristo as our next book club on December 1st.
I look forward to reading and chatting with all of you about this book, its not something I’ve read yet. The two runners up, in case you were wondering, were The Age of Innocence and Jane Eyre, so I’m hoping to see reviews of those along the way as well. I’ll be posting a Discussion Topics post two weeks before our discussion, to get everyone’s brains clicking and commenting here on the group blog or in our Facebook Cannonball Read Book Chat group.
The Count of Monte Cristo is quite long, as many of you pointed out on our voting post. Due to its length, I’m suggesting reading the abridged version if you’re concerned about finishing in time. Or perhaps an audio version? That’s likely the route I’m going. Whatever you choose, I sincerely hope you’ll join us back here to discuss this Classic and its screen adaptations!
As a reminder, here’s a synopsis of The Count of Monte Cristo:
- Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantès is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas’ epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a hugely popular success when it was first serialized in the 1840s.
- Movie versions: Jim Caviezel & Guy Pearce 2002, Richard Chamberlain & Louis Jourdan 1975 television movie, Robert Donat & Louis Calhern 1934.