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The Count of Monte Cristo

Book Review   by:clarecorado     Original Author: Alexandre Dumas
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This abstract was translated from O Conde de Monte Cristo
 
A story of hopeThe Count of Monte Cristo is one of the best works written by Alexandre Dumas, author of The Three Musketeers. The book, written in 1845 and set in France, tells the story of Edmond Dantes, an innocent boy who is the victim of betrayal and spends years in prison plotting his revenge.Although he led a simple life, Edmond was happy with what little he had: a father, a job, and love. The young navy official was honest, sincere, and passionate for his fiancee Mercedes. His naivete makes him an easy target in the hands of Fernand, Danglars, and Villefort, who turn out to be his greatest enemies. With a well-made plan, their false accusations send him to prison.Dantes passes several long years in the feared Chateau d'If, considered to be the most secure fortress of the day. As time passes, terrified at the turn his life has taken, he abandons everything that he had always believed about right and wrong, and is consumed with thoughts of vengeance on those who have betrayed him. He spends fifteen years in jail, in the company of the Abbot Faria, who turns out to be a great friend. From him, Dantes learns many arts and languages, and even receives a map of a hidden treasure on the Islet of Monte Cristo.After several attempts, the young man manages to escape prison and goes to find the huge fortune that the Abbot has left him.
Then, by transforming himself into the mysterious and weathly Count of Monte Cristo, he is poised to get revenge on those who took away the life and dreams he had when he was young. Upon returning to his world, Dantes makes several discoveries. Many times he thinks about giving up on revenge and instead forgiving. At other times, he furthers his cruel plan, involving himself in the life of the French nobility and systematically destroying the men who manipulated and inprisoned him. His contradictory attitudes and emotions bring up a series of ethical questions, inviting the reader to judge and condemn his actions.The Count of Monte Cristo is a work about human relationships. The book shows what men are capable of doing to achieve their objectives, good or bad, fair or unfair. The reader shares the pain of the main character, but, in some moments, is outraged with his actions.
Published: December 02, 2006   
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