GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: ‘On what slender threads do life and fortune hang.’
Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantès is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration.
So I have been absent for a while and that is because I have been trying to finish reading this book and I have FINALLY finished reading the longest book ever written (well one of). It sure was the longest book I’ve ever read!
SO where do I begin..there’s so many individual stories within this one book and yet they all somehow tie in together.
Upon starting to read this book I was very bored. I was ready to stop before he was even imprisoned, but I’m not one to ever stop reading a book, so I persevered and it did get better – a lot better.
There were a few chapter’s which I thought were very unnecessary and didn’t need to be there at all, but maybe that was just me not understanding what the hell was going on!
This book has so many character’s, it was hard to keep up with them all and to remember who was who so I tried to only remember those who were the most important to the story.
For me the first half of the book was very boring, whereas the second half became more enjoyable to read because things were actually happening.
The thing I don’t understand with this book is why the author wrote in so many different stories within the one story. The main story is obviously Edmond Dantes goes to prison for 14 years because Danglars, Villefort & Fernandes set him up because they were jealous of him and wanted what he had, except for Villefort – he has other reason’s.
So the object then became for Dantes to escape prison and get his revenge on them all, which the movie is based only on this area because that’s the main story, but with the book, there’s so much more going on that he doesn’t actually get his revenge on them until almost the end of the novel which was really annoying! Why didn’t the author just stick to the main story, like the movie does? It would’ve been a hell of a lot shorter to read!
I had to read through so many useless things before the revenge even begins to take shape, so it left me thinking – was Monte Cristo slowly plotting his revenge within all these stories or did the author just want to give us a big insight to what was happening within each culprit’s lives at the time?
So as soon as I finished reading this book, I watched the movie (as I always do) and it felt like I was reading the book in fast forward. The book took me over a month to read and the movie was done in 2 hours. I knew the movie wouldn’t have half of what the book had because the movie would be 8 hours long if it did, but because the book leaves the revenge to take place toward the very end and the movie is solely based around him getting revenge on them, it felt like the movie started and finished at the same time.
Also the movie was hardly anything like the book, so it’s clear that I didn’t enjoy the movie at all – from the actor’s to how the story takes shape. It’s all over the place.
So in conclusion, because the book had so many stories within the one main story, it did make the book more interesting, but because the main story is meant to focus around him getting his revenge and that not taking place until the end, the book could have done without all the other little stories.
So if you don’t mind reading such long novels that can take up to a month or more to read, then this book is a good read for you.
What did you think of this book or movie?