Now I know why a book is called a "tome". This was a long ass book. It took me a couple of weeks to read (and that is a long time for me). It is long,Now I know why a book is called a "tome". This was a long ass book. It took me a couple of weeks to read (and that is a long time for me). It is long, but so very worth it. My biggest complaint is that Dumas introduces a character and we are supposed to remember that story 900 pages later. I can't even thumb back to refresh my recollection because I don't remember where the hell it was that it occurred. But, every single thing was delicious!
Maybe it's the time period, I don't know, but I thought the depiction of the women were ridiculous. They were so one dimensional it drove me crazy. The only one I liked was Haydee and even then I don't understand why, if the Count loved her he called her his slave. But this girl had some spunk (that Valentine could have used GAWD! she irked me).
Aside from the poor writing of the female characters, I loved every piece of this. I loved seeing Edward go from the top of the world to the depths of despair, finding his hope in a prison cell, educating himself with the help of the Abbe, escaping (how daring!), finding the treasure, reinventing himself, donning disguises to accomplish his needs of revenge, standing on the sidelines watching his plans come to fruition, and to a lesser extent, him cleansing his soul and accepting. I particularly found the passage where he revisits the prison to be glorious. He relives the reasons for his revenge, and remains resolute. I would have been disappointed if he would have let the chastisement of Mercedes turn him from his revenge. I did find the scene where Mercedes confronted Edmond to be quite moving.
This really is the best revenge story EVER. ...more