Premiere of Dumas' Monte Cristo at Théâtre Historique (1848)
Book illustrations, Book reviews, Dumas, Alexandre

Book review: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Book review – The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1844). A 1250 page adventure novel by French author Alexandre Dumas (working with a collaborator), originally serialised in a French Journal between 1844 to 1846. I read the Penguin Classics edition with the Robin Buss translation. There is a limit to how many books you can read in a lifetime, so why not read the best or the most fun first? This one is a thumping good read and the ultimate revenge story. It is a tale that can satisfy the fantasies of anyone that has ever dreamed of winning the lottery. It is also the story of an individual victorious in the face of gross injustice, an evergreen theme ... CONTINUE READING

Carl Spitzweg (1808 –1885). The Poor Poet. Der Arme Poet.
Books & art, Readers reading

Painting: The Poor Poet (1839)

Readers reading #5 The Poor Poet (1839) – By Carl Spitzweg (1808 –1885). Neue Pinakothek (New Pinakothek), Munich, Germany. There's a man who has the right priorities. Little furniture, but plenty of books. Leaky roof, but no matter as he has an umbrellor. A poet? Not much new quality written that year. For some context… Continue reading Painting: The Poor Poet (1839)

Books/Reading, Quotes

QUOTE: Read the best books now – Thoreau

“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” ― Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. Good advice. I'm doin' my best, Henry ol' chap - but there's a lot of 'em and only one of me. To put it crudely, wanting… Continue reading QUOTE: Read the best books now – Thoreau