Friday, May 21, 2004

The Count of Monte Cristo

I've just started to read the Count of Monte Cristo, and it's a really good read. The main characters that have presented themselves as of the first 31 pages are Edmund Dantes, the young would be ship's captain, Fernand, and Mercedes. Edmund and Mercedes are in Love, and Ferdnand is jealous and is setting up a plot against Edmund.

This is an excellent work of classic literature, and very verbose to say the least. It takes into account the whole spectrum of 1820s france. Very cool.


Friday, May 14, 2004

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Tuesday, May 04, 2004

A Tale of Two Cities

I finished A Tale of Two Cities This week. It was impressive and astonishing. Dickens puts together a story of the struggles of the common man against the aristocrat in a violent and Bloody revolution where very few are spared the singular but deadly razor of the guillotine. The main characters are named Sidney, Charles Darnay, The Doctor, Lucie, Lucie's Daughter, The Wine Keeps, and Jerry who has characteristically Spiked Hair. The plot revolves around a Rape that occurred just prior to the French Revolution that puts a price on the head of Charles Darnay, a decendant of the rapist. Although this isn't usually noted in 9th grade literature, it comes through on a close reading of the book. The ethical question that he toys with is, should Charles really deserve a second chance for his bloodline? Two thumbs up.