The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas


count-of-monte-cristoI think that’s an appropriate way to start off my review on this book.  This is a true classic and after reading it I can understand why so many people have it on their “favourites” list.  The book is memorable – packed with vivid characters, a plot, revenge and scandal.  The book was pretty long and it took me quite a while to finish reading it, as I had the unabridged version, but none the less I enjoyed it.

The Count of Monte Cristo was originally published in French in 1844-1845 and is one of Alexandre Dumas’ most popular works.

The story revolves around the main character Edmond Dantes who is wrongfully imprisoned after his friends Danglars, Caderrousse and Fernand accused him of being a Bonapartist.  Emond escapes from jail  after 14 years and acquires a fortune after his fellow prison mate told him where to find it. He uses this fortune to seek revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment, i.e Danglars (who was jealous of his promotion to captain of the ship he was working on), Fernand (who was in love with Mercedes who Edmond was engaged too), Caderrousse who knew about the betrayal of Fernand and Danglars, as well as the magistrate Villefort who sentence him to imprisonment without a trial.  He uses alter ego’s such as “Lord Wilmore”, “Sinbad the Sailor” and “Abbe Busoni” to avenge Danglars, Fernand, Villefort and Caderrouse.

The novel, although lengthy, was deeply engrossing. A wonder tale of betrayal, revenge and vengeance,  that I found utterly entertaining.   I saw the movie starring Jim Caviezel after reading the book, and although the movie was great, the book is so much better. I felt that it left way too many things out, also the the plot and revenge he seeked on his friends were somewhat changed in the movie.   I felt somewhat disappointed. I guess I should have read the book after watching the movie.

Apparently the tv series “Revenge” is also loosely based on the Count of Monte Cristo.  Have any of you read this classic and what do you think of it?

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