Review: The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte CristoThe Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Classic bait-and-switch opening which unfolds to a dreadfully dull story that plods along for 1200 monotonous pages before coming to a predictable end. But it starts off really strong which hooks the reader. The prison scenes are intense. Then, Edmund Dantes escapes, and nothing else of note within that plot happens for 900 pages. 900 PAGES!! Then, it ends.

I kind of hated it. The first 200 pages were fascinating and well written, then it becomes a 19th-century slog of aristocratic society with NOTHING whatsoever given to the plot. Okay I guess if you’re a cinematographer looking for in-depth details about high society in that era. Terrible book. The most overrated book I’ve ever read. The 2 stars are charitable.

Blurb: Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dant├Ęs is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas’ epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first serialised in the 1840s.

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