Many people read a book, and then if there is a movie adaptation compare them. In this case, I did the opposite. For years now I’ve said my favorite movie is the Count of Monte Cristo and that eventually I would read the book, which at 1100 pages, felt a bit of a daunting prospect. I have to say, however, that this book captured me and kept my interest throughout full length of the story. Originally written in the mid-1800s, the writing style is a bit rigid and occasionally I felt like I wasn’t quite getting the gist of a joke about the historical context. However, on the whole I made it through in three weeks, and it’s a good thing because someone else had put it on hold so it was non-renewable! I didn’t expect it to be that popular. The transformation of a person from one social class to another is, I suppose, a timeless concept along with romance, wealth, travel and revenge. (Slight spoiler alert: This was written in a time before endings had to be happy so it’s quite a surprise what happens.) I can tell you it feels quite the accomplishment to finish it. I enjoyed this book so much I’m considering what other classic novels might be worth the read. After making it through the book, I do highly encourage the movie, it’s quite good. The movie leaves out, of course, some of the more complex plot lines, while still conveying the feel of the novel and ultimately reaching the life altering decisions that the characters make, and how one person’s choices affect everyone else. Enjoy! -Dusty
February 19, 2013
Blurbs From the Branch: Count of Monte Cristo
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