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The Count of Monte Cristo - A Swashbuckling, Adventurous Reading Group


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Initial post: Jun 12, 2012 1:39:31 AM PDT
Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes is confined to the grim fortress of Chateau D'If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and becomes determined not only to escape but to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration.

This is the classic tale from Alexandre Dumas, one of the most famous French writers in history.

Whether you are venturing into this story for the first time, like myself, or re-discovering a favourite tale, please feel free to join us on our adventure.

The proposed reading schedule is posted below. Be warned - this is not a quick read. We aim to complete this book in 12 weeks.

There is only one rule for our group - please don't jump ahead in the discussions. I don't want to know what happens next :)

Welcome to "The Count".

Happy Reading,
Becks

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 1:39:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 13, 2012 3:17:36 PM PDT
Thanks to Denise, we have a schedule that might actually work :D

Week-Dates Chapters (Pages)
1-6/16>22.....1>11.....(154)
2-6/23>29.....12>21.....(154)
3-6/30>7/6.....22>31.....(161)
4-7/7>13.....32>37.....(156)
5-7/14>20.....38>45.....(136)
6-7/21>27.....46>54.....(157)
7-7/28>8/3.....55>64.....(148)
8-8/4>10.....65>74.....(155)
9-8/11>17.....75>82.....(161)
10-8/18>24.....83>94.....(144)
11-8/25>31.....95>106.....(156)
12-9/1>7.....107>117.....(151)

Note: All paper versions list fewer pages than this, so while this would call for 21 pgs/day, it works out to fewer in paper.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 5:30:43 AM PDT
Got it. Thanks! I need to get started...the week of the 25th my reading time is going to be taken up by 3 grandsons.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 6:13:15 AM PDT
I'm excited about this.... I guess I'm a bit ahead of schedule and if I keep going then I should be fine. So how are we doing this? Do we wait to read the chapters and then meet in here to chat about the book or are we coming in daily? So long as there are no spoilers I'm fine. :-)

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 6:26:46 AM PDT
Josue says:
Finally have more people to discuss the book with. I'll be sure not to jump ahead :D

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 7:05:24 AM PDT
melly says:
This sounds great! I'm in :)

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 7:19:46 AM PDT
That is one of my favorite books of all time. I will probably pop in here and there to see how it's going. I hope everyone enjoys it!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 7:41:52 AM PDT
Susan H says:
I am in. Always wanted to read this book. Having someone to discuss it with will be great. Which one did you guys download?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 7:44:41 AM PDT
I just got the one from Project Gutenberg, and it seems to be well formatted. The freebie I had from Amazon had no linked TOS, and the margins were odd, very large on the left side.

I downloaded it and used Send to Kindle to get it to my Basic.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 8:04:45 AM PDT
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Posted on Jun 12, 2012 8:29:54 AM PDT
Blue Moon says:
Just loaded mine from Project Gutenberg also.
Looking forward to reading this as not read it before!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 8:37:00 AM PDT
Susan H says:
Thanks so much for the idea!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 8:40:50 AM PDT
Montana Mo says:
I will get started right away. Have not read this before, but am looking forward to it. Just mentioned to someone today that I wanted to get involved in a reading group. Thanks for this opportunity!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 8:44:06 AM PDT
Mike says:
I'm not usually interested in the "classics," but when I picked this up a couple years ago, just to see if I'd have any interest, I was astounded. What a great book, a very enjoyable read. I couldn't put it ( my Kindle) down. Enjoy!

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 1:40:02 PM PDT
I'd like to pop in on this too! Monte Criso is a favorite of mine, and I'd enjoy re-reading it again. I promise, no spoilers ahead of the posted schedule. ;).

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 2:10:42 PM PDT
wow, it is good to see how many people are joining in on this adventure... Bks will sure be thrilled. :-)

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 2:13:39 PM PDT
ugh, I wish I had time!! but my reading schedule for the next 2 months is pretty well set because of a challenge... :( maybe next time

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 4:45:00 PM PDT
Wow! Response is excellent!!
I can't wait to start (again, since I already started)

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 5:24:44 PM PDT
Arual says:
As we begin (I'm so excited!), here's an interesting factoid I read in Wikipedia:

The book's author, Alexandre Dumas, was born in 1802. He finished "The Count of Monte Cristo" (in collaboration with ghostwriter Auguste Maquet) in 1844 (at the age of 42), and died in 1870 (age 68). Therefore, since the events in the book take place between 1815 and 1838, the book is written contemporary to the author's time. In real life, Dumas was only six years younger than his fictitious Edmund Dantes.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 5:43:48 PM PDT
wow... maybe you can be our official fact person. LOL It's always cool to learn the little tid bits.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 6:02:57 PM PDT
Huh! Well I'll be a monkey's uncle. I had no idea.
Thanks Arual.

As I mentioned, I've not read this book before, and I don't really know the story. I read The Three Musketeers years ago and I loved it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 6:05:01 PM PDT
Hmmm, I'm not sure JJ. I think we can discuss anything in a previous week, and what we're reading that week as long as we don't spoil anything still to come during the week. That makes no sense at all.
Plot points and big stuff that would be considered spoilers, I think would be ok once we've gone past the end of the week's reading.
Does that make any sense at all??

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 6:12:48 PM PDT
Susan H says:
Thanks for the info.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2012 2:09:51 AM PDT
Denise says:
Heya, Becks. I'm being dragged in, I think. It's been a little over two years since I last read this and while I wasn't ready to do it again, the fun of doing it with you guys may win out.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2012 2:11:53 AM PDT
Denise says:
Oh, that's a fabulous tidbit to know. Thanks, Arual.
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