Mark posted a review at 2009-08-23 08:33:57.
I loved Dumas' THE THREE MUSKETEERS when I read it in my 20s, so I don't know why it took me this long to get around to reading TEH COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. Lately, I've been seeing it on "must read" lists, so I decided to take the plunge. Although the unabridged version is over 1200 pages long, I was never less than engaged and for much of the second half, I just couldn't put it down. This defines "page-turner" for me: the end of each page compelling you to turn to the next one to find out what's going to happen. The story is extraordinary: an epic saga that weaves together so many threads that at times it's hard to keep up with them all. The main characters (and there are a lot of them) are beautifully drawn, with compassion and understanding for even the foulest of them. Other renditions of the story have always emphasized the aspect of revenge, but Dumas is concerned with redemption and forgiveness. The final words say it all "wait" and "hope." It's a true masterpiece, worth every moment of the time it takes to read it.