This week's Booking Through Thursday is:
May and June … graduation season.
If you were to give a book as a graduation present to some eager
person ready to launch themselves into the world … what would it be?
I know the most sensible answer would be 'some kind of inspirational self-help guide on how to achieve your dreams', but I think what I'd actually want to give someone would be Victor Hugo's The Count of Monte Cristo.
Not only is it a coming-of-age story, where the protagonist develops from a naive young man to a worldly, experienced millionaire, but it's absolutely full of adventures, subterfuge and colourful characters. Well worth reading as a novel, as well as thematically appropriate for someone stepping out into the real world for the first time.
Although hopefully very few of the things that happen in The Count of Monte Cristo will happen to this year's young graduates. Hopefully.