Book Review: The Count of Monte Cristo

This is the best book I have ever read. I just had to start with that. Okay, I’ll start the review now.

The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas, follows the life of one Edmund Dantes, who is betrayed by three people he thought he could trust, and imprisoned by a crooked magistrate. He escapes from the prison, and through a singular stroke of fortune acquires a vast sum of money, and hides behind the veil of ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’, among other pseudonyms, in order to exact revenge on his betrayers.

Alexandre Dumas’ writing is remarkable. Every chapter is a small story in itself, and once you start reading, it is well-nigh impossible to put it down. The amount of detail he puts into his story is breathtaking, and even the seemingly irrelevant side stories are fascinating, and always serve a purpose later in the story.

Before I read The Count of Monte Cristo, my favorite author was Edgar Rice Burroughs. He has been pushed down to second, behind the author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas.


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