out of 5
Review by Evangheline
I must say that before reading the book, I watched the movie and of course I loved the book far more than the movie. This is a story of ultimate loss, naive belief in the good of humanity, hate, a thrist for vengeance for those who stole the life of Edmund Dantes. Edmond Dantes begins as a naive young man who sees the best in everyone, he is a hard working sailor who is madly in love and engaged to Mercedes. However what he fails to see is the many that envy him and the status of Captain that he is about to obtain. A conspiracy against him unfolds, many participate in this conspiracy which sends Edmund for many years to a cold, dark and despair-filled dungeon. There he goes through many stages of hope, despair, prayer, hate and a longing to end his own life. There he meets the priest a fellow prisoner that tells him of a hidden treasure on the island of Monte Cristo. Many twists and turns arise in this story that is well crafted, among which is Edmund's darring escape and how he is transformed into The Count of Monte Cristo...he goes from avenging angel to angel of mercy and in the end learns that he is not God but a mere man. I love this story for it shows so much what a thirst for revenge does (both the good and the bad).