Now, I’m having a harder time searching as I dig through my memory of books I’ve read. I wanted to weigh the good with the bad and make sure I had more good than bad, but it seems I’m beginning to run short on the books I’ve loved. That pile is dwindling, whilst my to read, half-read, and almost finished piles are mocking me.
Forgive me for such a long hiatus on posting. I’ve been ill and in this illness I have begun a most unfortunate, all-consuming habit of watching entire TV show seasons in very few sittings. But, today, I glanced up at my shelf, and saw this old friend sitting up there, completely coated with dust, and the story came rushing back to me.
I read this book when I was in high school, I couldn’t begin to remember which year, but it was later in my career after I had been dragging my feet about reading anything but Harry Potter. This was a daunting task, such a long book, but I had managed to read longer. (aka Harry Potter)
My french teacher who was a terrific, talented and fiery red-head, had chosen to show us the 2002 film, The Count of Monte Cristo. I loved it. It was fantastic, it even had Dumbledore in it! (Richard Harris, the original Dumbledore from the first two films, who unfortunately died before the rest were made. *Side note* Richard Harris was a terrific actor most notable films that I remember him from were Camelot, Gladiator, and the 3 aforementioned films)
After seeing the film I came across my mother’s copy of the book and thought “Why not!”
If you like revenge, treasure, and sword fights, I’d say yes to this one. Edmond Dantes is a sailor who was simply too-trusting, and at the wrong place, at the wrong time. He nobly attempts to save the life of his dying Captain and unwittingly becomes the accomplice to treason. He is ripped from his fiancè and family, and locked away in the deepest, darkest prison where they keep those people they want forgotten.
It is a winding complex tale that shows you how an innocent man vows to take back his life and destroy those who so wrongly imprisoned him. It takes a little patience, intellect, and a good friend with a very special secret.
When I think of this book, I remember the points where it deviated from the movie, which I had seen first. There were LOTS of cuts for time in the film, but I believe the spirit of the story remains the same, if in fact, better in the movie. Edmond’s revenge is so much sweeter and more complete in the movie than in the book, but it is worth it to decide for yourself. Perhaps I have been biased by seeing the movie first.
I would recommend this book to those revenge lovers out there, because sometimes Justice needs to be served to those claiming to dish it out.