a vestige of thought...
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
I was given a copy of The Count of Monte Cristo for Christmas a few years ago. I knew when I opened it that it was much too short to be the real Count of Monte Cristo, so I used a gift card to buy what I though was the full version (the longest one on the shelf). I recently discovered that this version is abridged as well. I have finally gotten my hands on what I believe to be the real thing. No where in it or on it can I find the words "abridged" or "unabridged," but the length and size of font seems correct. Scott got the movie for Christmas and I have vowed to read the book before I see it.
I also realized today that my copy of Robinson Crusoe is abridged. This copy cost me only 25 cents, so I don't mind the loss too much. However I plan to keep my eye out for a full version. Come to think of it I have one, but it is in my collection of old books (this one is from the 1930s, I believe) and I don't want to take it out of the house.
It seems that it is time to clean out the thrift store's shelves of classic books once again. A quarter a book. Can't get much better than that.