Friday, January 20, 2012
Book Review: The Count of Monte Cristo
Rating: FIVE STARS!!!
**Disclaimer: I suck at book reviews. I just liked it, okay? What more do you need to know?**
I started reading this book by accident. I was in the mood for a classic and, as I was perusing the book store, recalled that my crit partner Ruth Lauren Steven's favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo. So I bought it (despite the fact the thing is MASSIVE, as in, just shy of 1500 pages massive). Then I let Ruth know the next day that I'd bought it. Imagine my surprise when she wrote back to say she had no idea why I thought it was her favorite. Turns out it was Captain Corelli's Mandolin. HA! I'm such a loser! But I bought it and was now officially committed to it.
Turns out I'm glad I made that mistake. The book was AMAZING!
The plot was fast-paced, intricately woven, perfectly executed, and in one word--brilliant! It featured just enough romance to make it non-boring in my eyes--I do like there to be at least a little romance in my reads, and this book delivered--and is, in my opinion, a great read for men and women alike. There were times it seemed that characters were introduced that were irrelevant to the plot, and we'd spend a lot of time in their point of view, but in the end it became clear that not a detail was mentioned that wasn't crucial to the well thought out ending.
A great book, and I suggest you all read it if you haven't already. It's a classic for a reason, people!