Alexandre Dumas: The Count of Monte Cristo

Textual References to The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
An article discussing the father of the great Alexandre Dumas.
  • Goodreads: Kim's Personal Review of The Count of Monte Cristo
A thorough, sound review of the novel by a Goodreads user.
A sample of Penguin's guide to the novel.


The Readable's Review of The Count of Monte Cristo
Please click on the video annotation labeled "The Count of Monte Cristo" or skip ahead to 6:15, as that is where her review of The Count of Monte Cristo begins. 
Oh, and please pardon her misuse of the word bastard. Thank you!


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Illustration from a Victorian-era edition of The Count of Monte Cristo.


Illustration from a Victorian-era edition of The Count of Monte Cristo.


Summative Assessment of The Count of Monte Cristo
As I am not yet completely finished with the famous story of the Count and his revenge, I cannot give a full summative assessment of the novel just quite yet. I can, however, give my analysis/opinion on all that I have read thus far.

At the beginning of the book, I was expecting a lot of action. I was expecting a lot of deviously brilliant plotting. I was expecting a plot centered around vengeance and justification. I was expecting a plot filled with numerous characters and intricate relationships. 

I was not, however, expecting a story with so much heartache. And while all of the aforementioned elements of the novel were well-executed and wonderfully done in this book, it was/is the startling amount of emotional turmoil this story evoked within me that is the most surprising and pleasing. The humanity of the story, and its overall quiet tone of desperately-sought redemption and peace, has made this a fantastic literary journey for me.

The characters could have used a little more development. Names could have held a little more distinction amongst themselves. Maybe Dumas could have bruised my heart a few less times. But I am definitely not complaining, for the overall taste this novel has left in my mouth is that of a very pleasant one.
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