Friday, 25 December 2015

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

'Yes, Edmond, we shall meet again - in Heaven.'

When I got my hands on a copy me this book, I'd be lying if I said I was pleased. Firstly, I was sick, and honestly didn't think this was my cup of tea. Secondly, it was a fifth hand one; from all the writings I found on the book, I could deduce that this belonged to eldest cousin sister, which was then passed on to my mum's second sister's daughter - who comes in the second in the line of females of the third generation in my maternal family - then passed to my brother and then me. How do you suppose I will be pleased to see the book old, torn and having some unintelligible scribbles.

However, after reading it the first time. Initially, I gave it only 2.5 stars; that was before I was introduced to Goodreads. I gave it another try to get rid of boredom, and it successfully met my wants: I couldn't help but say that it was wonderful.

So the story is like this. Edmond Dantès, the protagonist, had just been made captain of his ship, but those who envied him made sure that he would not marry his love, Mercédès, and accused his of being a Bonapartist. Dantès served seven years in a prison named Château d'If; after meeting another prisoner, Abbé Faria, his sentence was shortened. After leaving there, he devised a ruse to make the four men whom he attributed his innocent imprisonment to: Caderousse, who conspired to ruin, Fernand, who stole Mercédès from him, Danglers, who stole his position as captain, and Villefort, who condemned him to life imprisonment although he was innocent, only to secure his position. This book, in nutshell, marvellous mixture of intricate complexities.

'It is wrong to think of revenge,' he said, 'I am poppy now that I helped you.'

This book definitely was a worth of my time. I can't rationally elucidate why I didn't like it on my first attempt, but certainly am glad that I gave it another try. Dantès adventure was so intriguing that I forgot I was reading a fifth-hand book - with Welsh written all over it. (Don't ask me what was written! I don't know to read Welsh.) I simply loved the way everything was put it, and the plot was well developed. Everything was in order, and what more do you want?

If you're off to take Literature, make sure this is on your to-read list. And if you're not going to take Literature, make sure it is on your read list as soon as possible, or Aunt Adversity is smiling at you, whilst Jeanine Matthews descendant, Hallie Fletcher, sharpens her knife.

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