Sunday, March 8, 2015

quotes from The Count of Monte Cristo

I have been thoroughly enjoying The Count of Monte Cristo this afternoon. There is a lot of politics and intrigue going on in the book, and I have to admit, most of it kind of goes over my head. I am really terrible at following those types of things in books, especially when it revolves around French history. It isn't really affecting my enjoyment of the novel though, but I am thinking I should really take some time to look up a bit of French history. This book reads a lot like a fairy tale, reminds me of The Princess Bride story and The Prisoner of Zenda. It is really just written in a super fun way. Here are some quotes for you to get a feel: 

" other times she would sit on the beach listening to the moaning of the sea, as eternal as her grief, and ask herself whether it would not be better to leap down into the abyss below than to suffer this cruel alternative of a hopeless suspense."
'"When I was still a man, strong and free, commanding other men, I have seen the heavens open, the sea rage and foam, the storm rise in a patch of sky and like a gigantic eagle beat the two horizons with its wings. Then I felt that my ship was but a weak refuge from the tempest, for did it not shiver and shake like a feather in the hand of a giant? ..."'
I just find this book filled with so many things going on, there is never a dull moment. I am not even 100 pages in, and it is filled with despair, longing, love, jealousy, and injustice. Love it! I am finding this to be quite a good surprise!


  1. Hmm, it seems I should rethink reading TCOMC! I watched the movie and wasn't really very "wowed," but you may just make me read the book yet;)

    1. I sadly realized that my version is an abridged version...and missing over 700 pages of the full story. I am super bummed about my reading of this book is on hold for a while, simply because I dislike abridged versions for myself...and missing 700 pages of a story is a bit crazy! I'll probably write up a post about the translations and what I discovered soon, to help others looking to read this book.