Open Letter to Alexandre Dumas
Dear Mr. Dumas,
I didn't think it possible to find my favorite book at the age of 28. I don't know why, but it seems like people identify their favorite books when they're young. Perhaps it's because a lot of people do most of their reading in middle and high school.
At any rate, I may have found my new favorite book. Jane Austen is my favorite author, to be sure, but apart from her works, I'd say you are climbing the charts! The Count of Monte Cristo is an exciting read; I haven't been this riveted with a novel since college! I checked out an audio book edition of The Count of Monte Cristo recently, and I just can't um . . . put it down! I look forward to driving to and from work now. Some days -- if I'm lucky -- I have time to sit in my car during lunch and continue the story of Edmond Dantes and his friends and foes.
What a remarkable talent you have for writing, despite your lack of formal education. Really, I want to shout from the rooftops to everyone below: "Read The Count of Monte Cristo! It's the best novel you've never read!"
So until I die, or until I find another amazing novel -- one that gives me a passion for reading again -- I will sing your praises. And if anyone asks me for a book suggestion, I will tell them to read The Count of Monte Cristo.
Thanks for making novels fun again,
P.S. Because of that library scene in The Shawshank Redemption, I laugh every time I see your name. I know, it's immature of me, but that's what happens when you become famous and your last name is "Dumas."