A review by cynicalraven
Il conte di Montecristo, by Alexandre Dumas père

dark slow-paced
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


Not a review, sorry. Just thoughts for myself. Please skip this. 

Eugénie real mvp here. Truly an icon. She lived up to Albert calling her Diana,
Spoiler considering she ran off with a woman after saying that all men are terrible. I mean she was not wrong considering there is not a single decent man in the whole book
Also, the only woman with a minimum of agency. 
Spoiler apart from Villefort's second wife who killed everyone in her family lol
Poor girl said "fuck this shit I'm out"
Spoiler and ran off with her gf
In the time the book was written I'm sure her character was not seen as positive but I don't care. All the other women are... something. Why am I analysing the women of this book? Because the men are all terrible and that's literally the point of the book lol. Mercedes has no personality whatsoever because she's supposed to be the faithful righteous selfless woman who's only interest is her son. Valentine's is more or less the same. Her relationship with her grandpa was cute. The way everyone treats the man is not. But what can I expect from a classical book? Not to be racist, misogynistic and ableist? 

I would have liked the book more if the Count
Spoiler did not end up with a girl who is not even 20 and less than half his age, whom he used to call "my child" and referred to as his daughter because that's literally disgusting. Also he's literally a slave owner. "But you have to understand when this book was written!!" Yeah, in a time when slavery was illegal in France. Still a slave owner. 

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