The Treasure of Monte Cristo – reviewed by Ivan Pavlov

The Treasure of Monte Cristo

by Alexandre Dumas

Reviewed by Ivan Pavlov

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I started to read this book to improve my English vocabulary. It was the first book I have ever read in English, that is why it was not easy for me to read. There were absolutely new words which I had to look up in the dictionary. However, I read it with great interest.

Alexander Dumas is a French writer, best known for his historical novels with a lot of adventures. He also wrote plays for theatre, books on French history and magazine articles on politics and culture. Besides, he was an expert cook and a well-known travel writer.

I really liked the book “The Treasure of Monte Cristo”. Everything begins on the 24th of February in 1815. The main character Edmont Dantes is on board the ship “Pharaoh” which sails to Marseilles. Edmont is going to the city where his beloved Mersedes is waiting for him. The young people decide to get married. In some months, during the wedding-day, the anonymous letter, which says that Dantes is a Napoleon’s spy, arrives at the police. They arrest Edmont and send him to prison. After several unsuccessful attempts to escape Dantes meets some other prisoner –  Feria. They make up the plan to escape and Feria tells Edmont about the treasures which he keeps on the island Monte Cristo. In some days Feria dies but Edmont carries out the runaway plan. He finds a cave with treasure and changes his name into Count Monte Cristo. Coming back with a new name, count Monte Cristo decides to begin a new life: to find his love Mersedes, to obtain justice and to punish the enemies.

The story is really interesting. There are a lot of adventures. The characters are very different: positive and negative but they help readers to understand better what is good and bad. In general, this book tells us about love and fidelity. It also shows that people can betray in some situations.

I will recommend this book to everybody who is keen on adventures or action and who enjoy reading and thinking about people’s characters, behaviour and relations.