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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 8:32:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 25, 2012 8:39:25 AM PDT
~nospin says:
Duh!

ETA *hides head in shame for being such a dufus*

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 8:35:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 25, 2012 8:35:40 AM PDT
that's my problem, the little details can get lost. I thought I'd remember them but it turns out that's not so easy and then I'm afraid that the ones I remember might not be from the exact chapters being discussed and I don't want to spoil anything.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 8:50:50 AM PDT
I find the summaries help, and then I admit to being a doofus and just ask when I can't remember (like how does Mercedes make a living) and the other readers are marvellously forgiving...
That said, I am really frustrated that I will be away from my computer next week-end!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 9:09:54 AM PDT
Denise says:
it's an odd name for a chapter! :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 9:10:22 AM PDT
Denise says:
exactly -- so I'm trying really hard to put it down when I'm supposed to...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 9:13:19 AM PDT
Not really, you'll know why after you read the chapter.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 9:16:13 AM PDT
Denise says:
Oh, I did read it (great chapter). But it's still an odd title, imo. And I should have been more clear about what it was in my note about what to read today.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 9:22:59 AM PDT
forgive me if you've mentioned it already, but why won't you be at a computer next weekend?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 9:37:48 AM PDT
I am going to Copenhagen Fri-Tue, and while I will probably have a computer with me I am sort of hoping to have lots of RL to deal with. I have already done the assigned reading, though:)

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 10:58:28 AM PDT
KathyC says:
I haven't jumped in but have been following the conversation. I don't know how I made it to past 50 without reading this book. I read many classics in high school and college, but this wasn't one of them.

I'm thoroughly enjoying it, and hope to join in the discussion soon. I agree with those who say it's hard to stop at the scheduled chapters.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 11:03:53 AM PDT
Denise says:
no time better than the present to remedy the situation! Glad you're joining in.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 11:07:08 AM PDT
~nospin says:
It is my first time too, KathyC.
We're just a couple of Monte Cristo virgins. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 11:32:00 AM PDT
I think I almost count, I haven't read it since I was 12 or so - I think it was when I was staying with my Gran for a semester and that was - let me think - 1986.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 12:15:02 PM PDT
Arual says:
Hi KathyC! Welcome to the group!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 12:27:22 PM PDT
Y'all could have t-shirts. "Club MCV". ;0)

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 1:32:42 PM PDT
J. R. Jones says:
I've read it a few times, just a couple of months ago most recently. I read the Gutenberg version and the Penguin version back to back to compare them. There isn't a lot of difference between them but I prefer the language of the Gutenberg version. It's one of my favorite books.

I'm following the conversation but not saying much because I don't want to spoil anything by accidently saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 9:57:08 PM PDT
So are we now OK to discuss up through chapter 14? I don't want to spoil anything either. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 3:18:45 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
No. I believe this will be a weekly discussion. People need time to catch up.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 3:19:44 AM PDT
Denise says:
Up through chapter 11 is our discussion zone. This week we are reading chapters 12-21, to be discussed beginning on Sat 30 June.

For those wishing for a daily schedule, TODAY'S READING is Chapter 16: A Learned Italian
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Posted on Jun 26, 2012 12:31:28 PM PDT
Montana Mo says:
bump

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 5:32:23 PM PDT
Montana Mo says:
bump

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 5:34:44 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 28, 2012 8:11:04 PM PDT
Arual says:
It's been quiet again. Everyone reading? I've just got back from work myself.

I discovered another interesting factoid. Back in Chapter 5, there is a description of Dantes Senior at the marriage-feast: "...his aged countenance lit up with happiness, looking for all the world like one of the aged dandies of 1796, parading the newly opened gardens of the Tuileries and Luxembourg."

I looked up "Tuileries" (since it shows up in other places too) and found that it was a royal residence in Paris, built in 1564. Its formal gardens are located next to the Louvre, and those gardens are all that remain of the Tuileries Palace today. It burned down in 1871 during the Commune of Paris (an uprising of sorts).

Alexandre Dumas would not have known that it burned; he died the year before it was destroyed.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012 12:24:04 AM PDT
That is interesting! I guess we are all hanging around waiting to be allowed to discuss further, in the daily reading assignments we are getting to the really good bits now (the ones where I didn't manage to stop reading...) and we should be in for some good discussions! I don't consider it a spoiler, really, but one of the really fascinating aspects of reading a book that is 150+ years old is the world view that shines through. Especially when anything touches on science and education the underlying understanding of how things _are_ is so fundamentally different from today's!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012 2:45:47 AM PDT
Denise says:
say more?

*tacks the notice on the message board that TODAY'S READING is chapter 17: The Abbe's Chamber*

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012 3:11:30 AM PDT
I haven't got the text in front of me, but when you do today's chapter, think of how science is presented as an organic whole, everything is interconnected and the same principles apply to all the sciences he presents. The properties are there, just to be "discovered" (Dantes). Dumas was a great believer in character as a rather fixed entity, not all pupils have the same ability to learn, to a much larger extent than we think today.

This book was published 6 years before Darwin published "Origin of the species", and while we still discuss the facts and details, the scientific revolution caused by the ideas floating around then has led to a complete change in how we think. About the world, but also about people.
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