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Started: Oct. 23, 2011
Finished: Oct. 28, 2011 (6 days)
Where Found: Book Depot
Why Read: On my TBR list
Summary: Years after being wrongfully imprisoned, Edmond Dantes seeks the truth behind his arrest, justice served to those who wronged him, riches for the friends who stood by him, and to reunite with his beloved Mercedes.
Quite simply, I loved this book. Though introduced in my favourite movie, The Shawshank Redemption, as being "about a prison break," it was about so much more with beautifully interwoven themes of revenge, the longevity of love and friendship, loyalty, and the fact that there is no statute of limitations on seeking justice. The characters were richly developed and all played a significant part in the story. Unexpected changes came with nearly every chapter after the initial conflict begins. Each chapter ends on a cliffhanger, owing to the fact that the book was originally printed in serial form, the earliest form of the suspense thriller, but is much smarter than the average book in this more contemporary genre.
Along with the books of Jane Austen, this is the perfect introduction to classic literature for young adults. I pictured myself reading and teaching this book to middle or high school students, and just maybe one of them might say, "Oh, this is what they're trying to say? Why can't Shakespeare and all those other old writers write it that way?"
If you're reluctant to read classics or if you love them, you can't do much better than this. It's a ride without brakes.
Please note: I didn't realize this was an abridged edition until I started the book, and as much as I loved it, I'm wondering if anyone knows what was edited or changed? It did seem like some language was modernized and I've read that the page conut is pared down, but I sure hope the original story wasn't mangled in the process! Otherwise, what edition would you recommend?
P.S. I'm envious of this Barnes & Noble cover. Aren't their leather-bound books gorgeous?
Rank: (A+)- Amazing, Must Read!