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This review is from: The Count of Monte Cristo (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)
An agent of Providence, Dantes (Count of Monte Cristo, and also know as few other names) gets revenge on the bastards that ruined his life. However Dantes is not just some crazy man who goes around destroying his enemies with impunity. There is a bit more subtlety involved. The revenge is more like a slow, well thought out strategic chess game then a contemporary shoot and kill everybody game. And Dantes is a bit more of a thinker then the normal revenge seeking psycho. Is he an agent of providence? Has he gone too far?
I first read this book about 8 years ago. It actually is the book that convinced me to study literature, which is what I eventually did at university. Unfortunately most of the books in the academic literature cannon don't come close to this book. Yes, this book has some flaws: it is a bit too long and some scenes could have been cut; some characters could have been more rounded or more individualistic; dialogue could have been a bit more natural. This book was however published in the mid 19th century and in serial form, so I think some leniency should be allowed.
But whoever reads this book can't deny that this is one genius story; to me, one of the greatest stories ever written, combining all the human emotions with philosophical ideas of morality and the limits and problems of human justice. Definitely a book you must read before you die.