Picked up these 2 classics today for only $7 at Vinnies!! I finally have Mansfield Park to add to my collection of Austen’s (even though it’s not the penguin classics edition I couldn’t resist) so now I only need Northanger Abbey 😋 and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, a French classic. Can’t wait to dive into both soon. So many classics to read and so little time 😵
#reading#thecountofmontecristo between patients. Just started this #classic . Since I’ve tried to maintain a #garden for a few years now, I am quite aware of the mention of #plants and #flowers in #books . Sometimes to the effect of making sure the #author has the right flower at the right season.
In this #book I am stuck with the word #honeysuckle . It’s an invasive species and it’s next to impossible to get rid of it. So, I stop my reading for this #bookstagram post.
Call me crazy!
Side note: love #clematis . When mine start blooming, will post more pictures of it.
Very late in the day post but hi! Remember the other day in my stories when I teased a very large book that I started and didn’t reveal what it was? No? Well... it’s The Count of Monte Cristo! One of my goals for the year was to read it, so I’m starting early in the year! @szainabwilliams is also joining me so hopefully with a little bit of buddy accountability, this goal is an achievable one. I know a lot of you have read and loved this, and though I’m only three chapters in, I’m pleasantly surprised at how readable it is! Sometimes I still find myself having the mindset that old giant classics are hard to read and boring, when that’s definitely not always the case. I am quite excited to read this hefty book... sometimes I just love getting really lost and fully absorbed in a super long book, in a way that can be harder to do with shorter books. What is your favorite big doorstop of a book?
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I had a search through my collection of books today and picked out some of these beautiful covers. This post does actually have another purpose though, because these books all have something in common.
They were all originally written in another language, and from what I've read so far, I have to say that the translations in these Penguin Clothbound editions are pretty great.
I was planning to read one classic each month this year, but I already failed that straight away because I didn't read one in January. Nevermind, there's still time to catch up before 2019 is over.
I want to read Don Quixote soon, I know I've been saying it for ages now but it's going to be my next massive read once I've recovered from War and Peace.
When you're planning to read something like this, do you actively search for the best translation out there, or just pick one randomly and hope for the best?
I haven't really looked for any other editions, but I am tempted to check out another copy of The Count of Monte Cristo next time I reread it just to see if there's any noticeable differences.
We’re currently in the coastal Massachusetts town where my husband grew up. If you squint and use your imagination, you can pretend that that offshore island is home to the Chateau d’If, the fortress in which Edmond Dantès is imprisoned in The Count of Monte Cristo.
I only took this one book with me on vacation because, well, it is very long. But I have been reading a little bit every night and am now decidedly past the halfway mark.
I’ll admit that as more and more characters are introduced, I find myself flipping back through the book to make sense of relationships, and to find places where a character may have been mentioned previously. It can be a little confusing.
The Count just elaborately engineered a meeting between two men which appears to make no sense, but I’m sure its importance will soon be known. The Count’s ability to locate people even tangentially related to his past and incorporate them into his plan is impressive. I feel pretty confident that all loose ends will be tied up by the end of the book.
I just read that you can actually tour the real Chateau d’If prison off of the coast of Marseille. I’m adding it to my list of places that I’d like to visit one day. (And what a perfect bookstagram location!)
Do you have any favorite literature-related places that you have visited, or would like to see? It’s fun to imagine traveling to new places.