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El Conde de Montecristo

  • Au­thor: Alexan­dre Du­mas
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    Fi­­nal­­ly fin­ished. This is one *long* book (I read the unabridged ver­­sion), and as usu­al, it's hard to read such an old book with­­out the writ­ing style mak­ing it some­what hard­er.

    A big part of this is be­­cause the tran­s­la­­tion avail­able at the guten­berg project is... aw­­ful, prob­a­bly be­­cause of its own age. I had read it maybe 10 years ago in a mod­­ern span­ish tran­s­la­­tion that was much su­pe­ri­or.

    In any case, you can't un­der­­s­tand, for ex­am­­ple, Neal Stephen­­son, with­­out read­­ing Du­­mas first, and this one is prob­a­bly Du­­mas' best work. It's one of those few se­lect books ev­ery­one thinks they have read but prob­a­bly has­n't.

    For ex­am­­ple, if I say "S­in­bad the Sailor", does it mean any­thing to you in the con­­text of "The Count of Mon­te­cristo"? No? Then you have not read it. You may have read it on com­ic book for­m, or some ex­cer­p­t, or maybe clif­f's notes, but you have not read the re­al thing.

    I loved the at­ten­­tion to de­­tail­s, like con­­coc­t­ing a rea­­son­able way to sim­u­late a stock mar­ket cri­­sis (a cute us­age of what's now called a "Man in the Mid­dle" se­cu­ri­­ty ex­­ploit!), or how a cer­­tain char­ac­ter is al­ways de­scribed in ways that make you think she's a les­bian, but with­­out ev­er re­al­­ly say­ing it out loud.

    All in al­l, a great book to have read. But I would rec­om­­mend those who want to read it to in­­ves­ti­­gate and find a more mod­­ern tran­s­la­­tion than project Guten­berg's.