A-Z Challenge (Book-The Count of Monte Cristo)

Today I will talk about one of my favorite book. I can’t even start to tell you how much I loved this book and the lessons from it.

Like many other books, I read this in college, when I spent my time reading books from the local library and buying books.

I would stay in bed and read and read, and the night would come and I would still read with a little pen with light.

I stayed in a dorm for 5 years and it was a pretty good life, I went to college and for hours almost every day I would read.

When I started college I started to love books and I’ve read this book from a local library.

I didn’t know exactly about what it was and I was curious, I searched classics in the library because I loved them most so I found this one.

The Count of Monte Cristo (French: Le Comte de Monte-Cristo) is an adventure novel by French author Alexandre Dumas (père) completed in 1844. It is one of the author’s most popular works, along with The Three Musketeers. Like many of his novels, it is expanded from plot outlines suggested by his collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet. (Wikipedia)

I remember that I liked reading adventure novels, the best memory I have is that I would go to a park and read there, I would not hear anything, because of the action in that particular book. Those were some amazing times 🙂

I remember that I would go home on the sidewalk, walking with the book up my nose, because I could not let the book from my eyes. 🙂

The book has some 1500 pages and I can’t even know how I read it. Actually it’s divided in volumes, but the whole book has 1500 pages. I liked the book very much so I did not had a problem with the fact that it was a really long book.

I enjoyed every sentence of it. 🙂

This book talks about love, injustice, forgiveness, pacience, despair.

The book starts by telling the story of Edmond Dantès, a young merchant sailor who has a fiancée called Mercédès.

Mercédès’ cousin is jealous of their relationship and sets a trap to Edmond to get rid of him and to marry Mercédès.

Edmond goes unfairly in prison because of that guy, because that guy wanted what he could not have, or what it wasn’t his.

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He spends 6 years in the Chateau d’If and he wants to commit suicide because he’s so tired of this unjustice, because he misses his fiancée and also his old father. He could not understand what has happened to him, why he has to be in that hole, because he didn’t do anything.

After 6 long and hard years he meets an old prisoner, Abbé Faria was his name. This old man tried to tunnel his way to freedom and they will become very good friends.

Faria was a very smart old man, he had a lot of knowledge and wanted to give some of that knowledge to Edmond.

In the next 8 years they would be almost unseparable and Faria gave Edmond classes of science, language and culture.

I know that this is a book but this thing inspired me very much, they would learn together so many things in a prison, they didn’t had anything but that didn’t stopped them to learn. This is a beautiful thing that we can learn from.

Faria saw Edmond like his son and wanted to give him a gift, because he knew that he would die soon.

So Faria gave him a map, to find a treasure and to become rich.

When Faria dies, Dantès takes his place in the burial sack, moving the corpse to his own bed through their tunnel. When the guards throw the sack into the sea, Dantès narrowly escapes with his life and swims to a nearby island – an extremely difficult feat because of the Château d’If’s isolated location and dangerous offshore currents. (Wikipedia)

This part of the book was so full of action and adrenalin for me, I could see with my eyes how he escaped from the prison and finally, got to a safe place.

He finds the treasure he was looking for and goes back to his town to see his father and to know what happened to his fiancée.

He returned with a changed identity and name, Count of Monte Cristo, to get revenge of everyone that imprisoned him and made his life miserable.

Of course I would not say everything that happens in this books so I will leave you with some beautiful quotes from the book to encourage you to read it.

“I am not proud, but I am happy; and happiness blinds, I think, more than pride.”

“All human wisdom is contained in these two words – Wait and Hope”

“It’s necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live.”

“How did I escape? With difficulty. How did I plan this moment? With pleasure. ”

“When you compare the sorrows of real life to the pleasures of the imaginary one, you will never want to live again, only to dream forever.”

“There are two ways of seeing: with the body and with the soul. The body’s sight can sometimes forget, but the soul remembers forever.”

“I have always had more dread of a pen, a bottle of ink, and a sheet of paper than of a sword or pistol.”

“Ah, lips that say one thing, while the heart thinks another,”

Books I’ve read with the letter C (which I can remember):

  1. La Canción de Dorotea – Rosa Regas
  2. The Captive – Christoph von Schmid
  3. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D.Salinger
  4. Chicken soup for the soul – Jack Canfield
  5. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – Mark Twain
  6. Crazy love: Overwhelmed by a relentless God – Francis Chan
  7. Created to be his help meet – Debi Pearl

 

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