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Count Monte Cristo Book

Updated on November 27, 2015

Starting the Adventure

I always wanted to join a book club to discuss with others what I've read, what I liked, what I learned, what I thought, etc. Of course to know also what other people have to share on these same points. However, so far had not been part of any. This is the first one to me and I'm very excited. First I think it is a very good exercise to try to summarize a book but besides all complement this summary with opinions. Doing so with as many books as one can read I think it would be a good legacy to leave your children, students or other people. So I wish this was the start of an adventure in which I commit myself to write the reviews of the books I will read or have read already. Perhaps in the future to make my own book with summaries of the books I've read :)

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Le comte de Monte-Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

In this first attempt I would start trying to summarize which until now has been the favorite book of my life: "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas. I do not remember exactly how I came to this book or how the book came to me. What I do remember is that at first scared me a bit because of its size. I was 11 or 12 years old and was until then the thickest book that I had dared to read. Next thing I remember is that as I started reading, fear of size completely disappeared to what was going to be exciting reading.

The story of Edmond Dantes for me is both a dramatic story, at times tragic and heroic in others, but at the same time is a metaphor for what happens to all of us in some way or another in life. A stage of youth and relative innocence where all are plans, dreams and hopes. This mainly related to Dantes marine life before his upcoming marriage to Mercedes. Then a sudden change in plans of each one (sometimes by complete strangers and foreign agents) sometimes forced to sacrifice many of the original dreams by others dreams or even by any of them and pursue living alone day after day without much hope. This part so dark and gloomy corresponds to the treachery of Fernand and Danglars considered by Dantes as his friends, the loss of love in the figure of Mercedes and the abuse by a person of power as Monsieur of Villefort with life imprisonment as prisoner without trial in the Chateau d'If.

After a period of suffering, but also maturity, inner growth, education under the guidance of a mentor. This passage corresponds to the life of Edmond Dantes in his cell at the Chateau d'If where fortuitously begins to relate to his neighbor the Abbe Faria, who brought up in various sciences and arts for several years. And then a kind of awakening, of second chances, of great opportunity. This is the sudden turn of events, that occur when Edmundo know about abbot's treasure on the island of Montecristo, the death of Abate and impersonation of the corpse by Edmundo himself who through this extraordinary fact escapes from a sure death in prison.

What follows is a series of events more or less circumstantial (although very interesting) for me where after discovery and possession of the treasure of the island of Montecristo and the adoption of the personality as "Count of Monte Cristo" is devoted to discovering truth and avenge the insults of those who betrayed and condemned him.

In the end, his relationship with Haydee could be interpreted as a final moment of redemption and peace after a lifetime of tribulations.

The Count of Monte Cristo certainly has different ways to be understood, read, and interpreted with reality. For me there is always an analogy with my own life or the lives of others. The final words of the novel are a phrase that in more than one occasion I've used to face different situations: "Human wisdom can be summed up in two words: trust and hope"

Have you read The Count of Monte Cristo?

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      TommyPotter 3 years ago

      @ThreeQuarters2Day: Wow! Did you really visit the Chateau D'If? That would be a great experience specially for those like your son and me whom have this story as one of our favorites. Thumbs up for you and for your son and thanks a lot for stopping by!

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      Counte of Monete Cristo is one of my sons favorite books and I had the pleasure of actually visiting Chateau D'if when I was in France. Very very cool.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Definitely one of my favorite reads. Nice lens.

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      Alana-r 5 years ago

      The Count of Monte Cristo is a great book, its been a long time since i read it, i think i was twelve or thirteen but i do remember that it was very exciting.

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      TommyPotter 5 years ago

      @texan203 lm: Thank you very much for your visit!

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      TommyPotter 5 years ago

      @LaraineRoses: I feel tremendously honored. Thanks for your blessings!

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      texan203 lm 5 years ago

      not yet. nice lens

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I haven't read this book but I will now! Angel blessings on this great review!