(WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT)
I just finished reading this particular book and I found it to be one of the best books I have ever read. Personally, I thought that it was going to be super bad (because the book started out really slow and because of the fact that it was written in the mid 1800’s), but it gets really, really good as you read on (kind of like the Lord Of The Rings). Alexandre Dumas uses descriptive language and captivating organizational skills to keep the reader reading. Dumas also wrote The Three Musketeers, but I have yet to read that.
Super quick summary of the book:
In this book, a sailor named Edmond Dantes is betrayed by certain friends and people for their own personal gain. In the book Dantes “clutches his head in order to stop it from bursting” when he learns of the betrayal. He goes to a nasty prison (it doesn’t specify the time in the book but I believe it is around 15 years) and with the help from a fellow prisoner, he escapes. He finds a great treasure and uses the massive amount of money to take revenge on his so called ‘friends’ and his enemies.
What I did like about the book:
1) I loved how Dumas showed the change in Dantes from a loving caring man into a stone cold killer in order to complete his revenge.
2) I also loved the way Dumas used Dantes as different characters, and he kept alive the constant mystique that went everywhere that Monte Cristo went. In the book Monte Cristo was not well known, but by the end of his stay in Paris everyone of great status knew his name and were curious to meet a man that commanded so much respect in everyone that met him.
3) It was beautiful how Dumas used characters that did not seem like an important piece of the story at first and turned them into giants. A prime example is Mosiure Nortier who is an old man that was hit by a vessel popping in his brain, leaving him mute and paralyzed. Yet, through the help of his granddaughter, he was able to communicate and command his section of the book.
What I didn’t like about the book:
1) There is only one thing that I did not like about the book and that one thing is the ending. I thought that the ending was super weak. I especially did not like the fact that the book left off on a character that was not Edmond Dantes, the main character of the book.
Book rating: 8/10