I’ve always been a fan of Alexandre Dumas’ adventure novels — The Three Musketeers, which I wrote about last year with D’Artagnan; The Man in the Iron Mask; and this year’s entry, The Count of Monte Cristo.
Edmond Dantes is a fascinating character. He is the hero of the story, but as the Count of Monte Cristo, his actions in the name of vengeance could easily be described as villainous. He manipulates everyone around him and destroys the lives of three men. Yet who could blame him, when these three men so thoroughly destroyed his, in the past?
Edmond had everything to live for. He’d just returned from a successful sea voyage, he’d been given the captaincy of a ship, and he was about to marry his beloved fiancée. Three men wrongfully condemned him as a traitor, and he was sentenced, without trial, to life in prison in the grim Chateau d’If.
Thoughts of revenge sustain him during his grueling imprisonment and fuel his daring escape. Edmond discovers, though, that vengeance can leave a bitter taste, and it’s not only the guilty who suffer as a result of his actions.
The Count of Monte Cristo has been adapted into numerous movies, TV shows, and even a comic book series. I enjoyed the 1975 movie with Richard Chamberlain as Dantes, though I wish it had stuck to the original ending from the book. The 2002 version with Jim Caviezel is on my to-be-watched list.
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