Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Count of Monte Cristo

I've been obsessed with reading the Count of Monte Cristo.  Now I had thought I had already read this novel but either it was so long ago for me to forget the details or I was getting it mixed up with something else.  Despite the fact that I have watched the movie and thus know pretty much how the story ends, I've been practically glued to my Ereader.  All my good intentions of housework and/or blogging goes out the window the minute I pick it up again.  Now I'm not an overly deep thinker and deep philosophical debates go right over my head so you'd think that a book that's full of these types of conversation wouldn't be up my ally. And normally it wouldn't which is why it's fortunate that the characters are so rich and the plot so complex that I was drawn in.  

Now again, not being an overly deep thinker, I won't even pretend to be able to discuss the merits of this book with anything approaching intelligence.  I liked it for what it is and it give me enough to think about afterwards.  I like it when a book can leave me with something to ponder. 

While I watched the 2002 version of the film The Count of Monte Cristo starring James Caviezel and Guy Pearce etc and really enjoyed it, I find that now that I have read the book I can't help but feel the movie didn't do it justice.  I understand why they had to change the story so as to make it much more dramatic for the screen, yet one can't help but think how much richer the film would have been with all the extra subplots. 

Did you know that the classics are free to download?  Just check out Gutenberg.Org.

What are you reading right now?

4 comments:

  1. Argh, movies hardly ever live up to the book!

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  2. It's sad when the movie spoils the novel. But then again, I think it's good for the novel too so that viewers will be interested reading the novel.

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  3. I too think the book is better than the movie. I saw the movie years before reading the book, which I just read a year or two ago.

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  4. I love the movie, but the book is awesome. I'm not rereading old favorites on my ereaders…love it!

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