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Review for Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas!


ONE SENTENCE REVIEW: IF YOU CAN’T HANDLE CLASSIC LITERATURE AND LONG, COMPLEX-BUILDING PLOTLINES THEN THIS MIGHT NOT BE FOR YOU, BUT I SUGGEST TO TRY, BECAUSE WHO DOESN’T LOVE A BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN REVENGE STORY?

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Characters: ***** (5/5)

Plot: ***** (5/5)

Writing Quality: ***** (5/5)

Amazon Rating: **** (4.6/5)

Summary: The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by French author Alexandre Dumas. The story takes place in France, Italy, islands in the Mediterranean, and in the Levant during the historical events of 1815–1838. It is an adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy and forgiveness, it focuses on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune and sets about getting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. However, his plans have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty.

Review: I was in Palm Springs and bored out of my mind when I noticed a worn copy of The Count of Monte Cristo on the counter of the kitchen, so naturally I started reading. At first I was a little confused and had to reread the sentences because this was my first time reading a novel that was classically written. I thought by then I would just give up, but for some reason I couldn’t put it down. The plot is one of the best components of this novel in my opinion, mostly because writing a complex revenge story with all the connections coming together at the end is very hard. The characters were all very authentic and honest. They show the flaws in human nature that most people seem to overlook, but they also highlight the natural goodness in people that is actually realistic and genuine. This novel, especially if not being read for school, will actually (and I’m being serious; not just saying this) open your eyes to the world and teach you some life lessons, like most classic novels will. I would definitely recommend reading this, especially if you have always secretly wanted to read a classic novel but didn’t know which to read first, and also if you enjoy revenge stories. If you are scared that you won’t understand what’s going on, then relax because if you pay attention and immerse yourself in the fictional world of Counts and Countesses you will understand what’s going on pretty easily. I have read this novel twice and I definitely don’t regret it.

Recommendations: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Happy Reading!

XOXO,

Zoe

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