August 19, 2007

Light Reading: The Count of Monte Cristo

An Indulgence in Revenge
The old feeder likes to read good books over and over again. Miser that I am, this requires me to try to keep my old, second-hand paperbacks readable well past their intended recycling date. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas is presently keeping me entertained again. It is a great book, even in translation.

This is the finest work you can find if you have any interest in the nature of revenge. Dumas, the author and an unlikely ladies man, captures this sweet wickedness better than De Sade did his own painful proclivities. I admit that my own blood ran hot with revenge for many years, but that is all in the past. (Nothing to see here folks; move along.) The powerful motive of vengeance, however, continues to interest. I like the book.
Epstein's Books

Examining my old, yellowed Bantam edition, now nearly a looseleaf, I saw that I bought it used at Epstein's Bookstore in Iowa City, Iowa. The place was a University of Iowa institution for a time when the very odd Glen Epstein and his brother ran it back in the near-beatnik days. Glen is now a calligrapher somehow connected with Tom Waits. Too much, man.

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