Review: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

IMG_20200416_171714The Count of Monte Cristo, written by Alexandre Dumas in the 1800s and over one thousand pages long, is a very adventurous read. As young Edmond Dantès reaches the top of his ambition and falls, it is impossible to put down the intricate novel that traces Dantès’ plot for revenge.

Monte Cristo assumes himself as the prime mover of events: the puppet master pulling the strings at every turn. And he knows he’s manipulating people. And takes pride in it. Venomous pride. He doesn’t stop when he sees the situation going out of control. He continues to pull the strings.

Another thing that is very interesting is that The Count of Monte Cristo has numerous financial data and speculations in it that shows that during the Napoleonic years there was active speculations. For example when Villefort learns that Napoleon has escaped from Elba he immediately tells his wife to sell french government bonds. Eventullly the count destroys the betraying Danglars by selling all the stocks he owns short. I mean, the plot has stock market crash, short and long selling! How many classics do you find that has such in-depth finance in it?

It was fun reading this one! The whole long story is worth experiencing!


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