I am really glad some of you talked me into doing the readalong of The Count of Monte Cristo. It is such a fun book! I've not had much trouble keeping up with the pace and am now on chapter 70. This is about halfway by chapters, but more than halfway by page numbers.
I really did not know anything much about the plot before I started; it was mixed up in my head with the Man in the Iron Mask. I've never seen the movie either. All of you probably already know that this is the story of young Edmond Dantes, a carefree young sailor with wonderful career prospects ahead of him and a true love he is about to marry--until he is thrown into the Chateau d'If and left to rot, all for the sake of a bureaucrat's ambition. In prison, he hears about a legendary treasure buried on the island of Monte Cristo, and vows to escape, find the treasure, and get his life back.
It's very exciting, filled with plots, piracy, duels, bandits, and all sorts of wonderful stuff. Lots of fun. And Jenny was right--the awesome stuff they make in prison is the best part!
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