A review by vampireph4ze
The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas père

adventurous challenging mysterious tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


a wonderful and also immensely difficult book to read. the story-telling by Dumas is brilliant, and i couldn't help but become absolutely sucked in when the story really got going. i do not really know what compelled me to actually finish this book (i started it around 2-3 years ago), but even throughout the many breaks i took i still wanted to come back to it - and it was worth it. most of the book is build-up, and then you see people's true characters really pop out towards the end. this book needs patience and yet a lust for adventure (and included a LOT of philosophical topics when you really look for them: is revenge good? what are our motives for treating others? what causes the human brain to break? etc.). plus, if you have a general love for the extravagant and period-typical style of writing, this is right up your alley. 

the story of revenge is always a perfect plot, and the twists and turns will have you trying your hardest not to look ahead.

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