The Full Monte Readalong | Week Two


Bonsoir mes amis et bienvenue sur le blog pour la deuxième semaine du ‘Le Comte de Monte Cristo’.

Ok, that officially exhausts all my French language knowledge. For those unaware of the reason for my (frankly shoddy) French, I am currently taking part in Laura from Reading In Bed‘s 2018 summer readalong for Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo. We’ve reached Week Two which meant joining the Count in chapters 21 through to 40, and boy what a ride it was – we had sailors, bandits, hash (not kidding), carnivals, public execution, and some important conversations too.

To catch up, check out my sign-up post and my week one update which contained a “summary” of the first twenty chapters of the book. You can also see how I’m doing (or not doing) every single day, by checking out my reading progress spreadsheet and I’m also updating periodically in a Twitter thread, using the hashtag #TheFullMonte.

At the end of Week One, we left Dantès in a rather precarious situation as he was sinking in the sea with a cannonball strapped to him. Suffice it to say, he survived, and the last section has been something of a transformation, along with a spot of cultural appropriation for good measure because why not. Would it really be a 19th century novel if it didn’t? But let’s take a peek at what happened in my usual overly long and slapdash (but not at all comprehensive) manner…

Aaand that’s it for this week! Once again, that proved to be a completely wild ride, didn’t it? That’s all for Week 2 (aka chapters 21-40) folks, join me same place, same time, next week to discover what goes down in the next 20 chapters. Until then, remember: maybe don’t accept hashish from random smugglers on a random island, you’ll end up probably fucking statues whilst you’re tripping balls.

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8 responses to “The Full Monte Readalong | Week Two”

  1. I love the detail of your posts :)

    I really struggled with the Luigi Vampa bits as well, but possibly because it went over my head, or I wasn’t paying enough attention, that Albert was the son of Fernand and Mercedes. I just couldn’t work out why we were following these boring, unconnected people! I saw slightly more interested after a sojourn to Wikipedia, but I was still glad when we left them.

    I’ve started this week’s reading and I’m really glad it’s picked up again.

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  2. He definitely fucked those statues.

    I had to look up “longbottomed” because I am old.

    I was also bored and confused during the long-ass Luigi chapters, like, this better be very relevant later!!

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    • I mean, whatever floats your boat… but also I don’t need to read about it in quite so much detail. My housemate Liz didn’t believe me that it was so weird and descriptive because her edition cut out a lot of it in translation!

      I forget sometimes that “longbottomed” isn’t a legitimate word, since I’m of the age where I grew up alongside the guys from the Harry Potter films so I just assume it’s in everyone’s vocabulary – wrongly assume, that is!

      I’d say that I’m sure it’ll all be relevant in the end but I’ve been burned before by 19th century French authors. Looking at you, Victor Hugo.


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