Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
As much as I hate to admit it, I’ve never read The Count of Monte Cristo before. The closest as I’ve come is watching the movie (lol) and it was a good movie! But reading the book hits different, for sure. What’s cool about the Manga Classics series is you don’t have to carve out a month of more of your time to read a 1000+ page book. You can dive right into the action with manga-style artwork and see the work come to life before your eyes, and the best part is: Manga Classics stays as true to the novel as possible. Which now after reading, I’m realizing the movie version didn’t do at all.
On the day of his wedding, merchant sailor Edmond Dantes is falsely imprisoned and sent to rot in a secluded prison. He manages to escape and makes his way back to the men who imprisoned him as a reinvented man with a large fortune. Since no one recognizes him, he’s able to slither his way into their lives and enact the revenge he’s been plotting throughout the years he spent in prison.
What made the manga version of this book so appealing was the format of it. It condensed the plot in such a way that all the major elements and characters were present and didn’t waste time on less important matters. It was engaging that you could feel the tension in each plot line because you could see the emotions on the characters’ faces, something that only a graphic novel could give you. Another really cool element is at the end of the book, the artist mentions that visits were made to the infamous scenes in the story in order to get the most accurate images.
The story itself is, of course, absolutely enthralling and delightful as you watch the brilliance with which the Count exacts his revenge. He’s cunning, resourceful, and kind to those he cares about so it’s easy to side with him and empathize as the story unfolds. If you haven’t read any manga classics or are a fan of the original novel I highly recommend reading this one!
Thank you Udon Entertainment for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.