The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

A house sits atop a rocky ledge that sits on the edge of the sea. There is a shadowed man walking along the rocks

I’m not one for reviewing classics. What can I add to the conversation of a book that has been reviewed, discussed, and dissected for decades? This year, I have made it my quest to read books that have sat on my shelves for too long. Or books that I’ve always wanted to read. I’ve even reread some favorites, though I know rereading isn’t for everyone.

I’m ashamed to say that I never read The Count of Monte Cristo because the volume put me off. And now, I read and review so many books I don’t have the time to dedicate to a 1200 page book. But, I knew that if I read this some chapters at a time, I could read it between other books.

And I’m happy to say that after 40 (and some) years, it is complete, and I have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it, except for the ending, which left me wanting. But it is what it is, and it was such an utterly satisfying journey. I only wish I had read it sooner in life. Don’t put off reading something that could be an absolute gem because the size is overwhelming. It is totally worth the journey. I will be sitting with this delicious fulfillment for a long time.

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About the Book

The epic tale of wrongful imprisonment, adventure and revenge, in its definitive translation

Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantès is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to use the treasure to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas’ epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first serialized in the 1840s.


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