Book Beginnings & The Friday 56: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Every Friday Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Gillion at Rose City Reader where you can share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

There are just two books left on my Classics Club book list and so, I’ve decided it’s time for me to read one of them, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It is particularly daunting as it is so long, depending on which edition you read. The Penguin Classics edition is 1313 pages long.

The Book Begins:

On the 24th of February 1810, the look-out at Notre Dame de la Garde signalled the three-master, the Pharaon from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples.

As usual, a pilot put off immediately, and rounding the Chateau d’If, got on board the vessel between Cape Morgion and Rion Island.

Also every Friday there is The Friday 56, hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice.

These are the rules:

  1. Grab a book, any book.
  2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader. If you have to improvise, that is okay.
  3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  4. Post it.
  5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda’s most recent Friday 56 post.

Page 56:

‘I do not know what M. de Villefort promised you,’ said the gendarme, ‘but I know we are taking you to the Chateau d’If’.

By a rapid movement, which the gendarme’s practiced eye had perceived, Dantes sprang forward to precipitate himself into the sea; but four vigorous arms seized him as his feet quitted the bottom of the boat. He fell back cursing with rage.

Summary:

Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes 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 huge popular success when it was first serialized in the 1840s.

8 thoughts on “Book Beginnings & The Friday 56: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

  1. I’ll be very interested to see how you get on with this as I have it on my tbr pile to read either quite soon or early next year. I’m pretty sure it will be rather good even though it’s the size of a house brick and I haven’t a clue how I’m going to hold it. LOL!

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  2. I’ve had a Wordsworth Classics edition for years, which, as you say, is like a brick and difficult to hold – and see, with such a small font! So I got the free e-book, which is so much easier. It’s looking good so far!

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  3. Ooh this one has been on my Classics list for a while but I’m also mildly intimidated by its size, especially because the blurb doesn’t attract me as much as it did with other massive books like Les Mis or War and Peace! I think I’m going to try to find a good audiobook and go about it that way, perhaps that will help! I hope you enjoy it and good luck with carrying that brick! Have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

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  4. How nice with such a classic for beginnings and page 56. Many years since I read it. Should re-read it. Will probably look at it in a different light today.

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