Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Young Edmond Dantes is doing quite well for himself; he is likely getting a position as captain on a ship and is shortly going to marry his beloved and beautiful Mercedes. His life takes an alarming turn on his wedding day when he is arrested on false charges and thrown in jail. After spending 14 years locked in and nearly forgotten, he manages to escape. He swears vengeance on all of those who ruined his life. To accomplish this he will need money, power and a title.

This book was a fascinating read and most of the characters were memorable and interesting. The characters were complex and realistically flawed. It is very character driven and the goal of the novel seems to be to examine the human mind and morality in general. The pacing is steady and the plot, even. My only real issue with this book is that the writing was very stiff, slow and detailed (more so then many other novels of the period) and holds the reader up rather badly. This style of writing would be fine for a novel with more plot points to mentally chew over in the back of the mind, but it doesn't work as well for this one.

4 Stars


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