Dumas' tale has been haunting my nightstand for more than a year. With more than 1400 pages, picking up this book was a task in and of itself. I started the tale and became immediately intrigued. I enjoyed the writing style. I was amazed at the thought and detail added to the tale. However, life threw me a curveball and I had to set Dumas and his character Dantes aside for something lighter. After the turn of the year, Dantes began calling to me again, so I once again returned to Dumas' world. Even despite my long absence, I was able to fall back into the story and through the last few hundred pages I simply could not put the book down. Though this book could be used as an ultra doorstop in the midst of a tornado, it has much more worth inside the pages. In fact, it has even made my list of favorite classics AND my favorite books overall. I am just left wondering . . . What did Dumas' study look like while he was creating this story? All I envision is a room filled with cobwebs of details, walls covered in notes, and a man so enthralled in his work that nothing could disturb him.
Have you encountered The Count? How do you imagine Dumas when writing this classic?
Special Note: I did finally watch the Hollywood version of this tale starring Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce. Though it was a good movie, I was not pleased with the changes they made and as in the majority of cases, the book is so much better!