Saturday, May 26, 2012

June 29 -- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (part 1)

We will discuss the first third of "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas (part 1). That will be Chapters 1 through 37. There will be two more meetings this summer to cover the balance of the book.

"The Count of Monte Cristo" is one of the author's most popular works, along with "The Three Musketeers." He completed the work in 1844. Like many of his novels, it is expanded from plot outlines suggested by his collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet.

The story takes place in France, Italy, islands in the Mediterranean, and in the Levant during the historical events of 1815–1838 (from just before the Hundred Days to the reign of Louis-Philippe of France). The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book. An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy and forgiveness, it focuses on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune and sets about getting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. However, his plans have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty.

The book is considered a literary classic today. According to Luc Sante, "The Count of Monte Cristo has become a fixture of Western civilization's literature, as inescapable and immediately identifiable as Mickey Mouse, Noah's flood, and the story of Little Red Riding Hood."

Meeting Information:
Location: Plaza Branch Library, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Time: 7:00 PM


Clif Hostetler said...

For the record, the book thirds for the summer meetings break down as follows:
June 29 -- Chapters 1 through 37
July 27 -- Chapters 38 through 74
August 31 -- Chapters 75 through 117

Clif Hostetler said...

LINK to famous quotations from "Count of Monte Cristo

Clif Hostetler said...

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Clif Hostetler said...

For the record, those who attended the June 29 meeting were: Jan Carter, Danny Pizdetz, Tim Levin, Kathryn Harris, Mary Walker, Bo Smith, Nikki DeSimone Pauls, John Rasmus, Bryan Pauls, Marty Hattan, Clif Hostetler. (eleven in all)