All human wisdom is contained in these two words – Wait and Hope
This 1200 page tome was published long ago, in 1844 and became one of Alexandre Dumas’s most well known works, with it’s major competition being The Three Musketeers. It was published in 18 parts over 2 years, making it the 1800 version of a television drama series. And a much loved one also, as this The Count of Monte Cristo is generally regarded as the greatest revenge story of all time. I have to say it has a well deserved reputation.
Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome. Do your worst, for I will do mine! Then the fates will know you as we know you.
There is not much what I can say that hasn’t been said before. It’s highly entertaining and fairly easy to read although you may need to browse over some French history as historical setting is an important part of the plot of the book. The book begins just before Napolean’s return from exile and stretches through the subsequent rule of King Louis-Philippe or to put it another way from 1815 to 1838. Although you can attempt to read the book without any knowledge of the period I would advise you to at least skim through the Wikipedia article.
The difference between treason and patriotism is only a matter of dates.
Edmond Dantes is a 19 years old sailor who is perfectly happy with the world. He has just been made captain of a ship and is soon to marry the love of his life, Mercedes. In the height of his happiness two jealous men decide to frame Edmond as a Napoleonic spy. He’s arrested and brought before the prosecutor Villefort who injustly sentances him to life impronment in Chateau d’If ( a remote island prison). He spends years in the prison and makes friends with Abbe Faria, a fellow prisoner who is attempting to tunnel out of the prison. Faria inspires Edmond to strive to be better and escape from the prison. Faria begins to teach Edmond his sum of knowledge and, before dying, tells of a great treasure that is buried on the island of Monte Cristo. In time Edmond escapes from the prison, finds the treasure and returns to France as the Count of Monte Cristo, ready to begin his judgement on those who ruined his life. And that’s just the beginning.
I don’t think man was meant to attain happiness so easily. Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.
This book is a grand tale of vengeance, intrigue, love, hate, hope and salvation combined with a compelling plot that keeps one enthralled. It’s a wonderful book and as it is in the public domain (in the USA) it is therefore available for free at Project Gutenberg, Google and Amazon. So basically, you can read a wonderful book for free.
How did I escape? With difficulty. How did I plan this moment? With pleasure.