‘On what slender threads do life and fortune hang’
Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantès is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas’ epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first serialised in the 1840s.
Elyssa @ Unscripted is hosting a read-a-long of The Count of Monte Cristo until November 29th. I’m a little late joining the party since I only started reading the book yesterday, but figure I’ll just wing it. I have never read anything by Alexandre Dumas before now, but I have always been a big fan of The Three Musketeers movies (I even ate 3 Musketeers chocolate bars as a kid out of my devotion to Athos, Aramis and Porthos (do they still even make that chocolate bar?).
From pop culture osmosis, I’m familiar with the premise of The Count of Monte Cristo. Five chapters into the book, I already like that major characters have been introduced and the famous plot has been set into motion. I will try not to use The Simpsons episode, Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Three Times as a reference. Emphasis on try.