Can you believe it!? We’ve finally finished all 1,400 pages of The Count of Monte Cristo!
I did enjoy it. It was a lot more accessible and interesting than I expected. That said… I’m still glad it’s over. I didn’t struggle to get through it as I’d generally finished the reading by Wednesday of each week, but now I can read things without feeling guilty that I’m not reading a dense French classic.
Whilst obviously I liked that all the necessary people got their comeuppance, but pretty much everybody offended me towards the end.
Mercedes is all ‘I would lie to you and say that I’d get a job, but we both know I won’t. *shrug*’ She gave up her husband’s wealth with absolutely zero consideration as to how she was going to live, assuming that SOMEONE would sort her out. Honestly, as time went on, I was beginning to think Dantes was better off without her anyway.
Villefort rightly condemns his wife for murdering his father’s servant, his parents-in-law and HIS DAUGHTER, but then decides she’s not so bad after all and wants to run away with her after his illicit child is discovered. Alright, you fucked up too, but what you did isn’t four counts of murder!!! You can’t just decide she’s not so bad after all, just because your reputation is also in tatters.
Maximilien – yes, alright, his life sucks. But shut up, shut up, shut up. When he’s trudging after the Count being all whiny:
C: There was a man in prison once.
M: Prison isn’t so bad.
C: For fourteen years.
C: His father died.
M: Mine died too.
C: Yours died happy.
M: He’s still got his woman. I don’t.
C: She married someone else.
M: Eh, my life sucks more.
SHUT UP, SHUT UP.
Ohhhh, but Madame Villefort. I hate hate hate her. TO THINK that commiting suicide and TAKING YOUR SON WITH YOU is what ‘a good mother’ would do. I got so, so angry. Incandescently so. I can’t explain explain how much this offended me. My partner walked in as I was reading this part and I have been told that I literally snarled at him.
At least the Count grieved over the unexpected consequences of his plot – Edward’s death, who was a little brat, but an innocent one.
I’d have liked more explanation to the victims, as to why they’d been targeted. I know there was a little to Villefort, but a bit more about the agonies he suffered, about being forgotten, etc.
After all that, he’s going off with Haydee! What the fuck point was the fucking point then!? I thought he’d at least end up with Mercedes, even if they were living under assumed names or something. He’s essentially punished her when it’s not really her fault she didn’t wait around for decades for the bloke she thought was dead.
He let Danglars GO!? But why!? He was the worst one! The others have dead family members, are dead, or have gone mad… and Danglars gets everyone alive and well, if slightly poorer, when the whole thing was HIS idea!?
Oh, and I liked that he’d arranged for Noirtier to meet them before they got married. That was nice.
So, in short, I enjoyed reading The Count of Monte Cristo and huge thanks go to Reading in Bed for arranging it. I’d never have read this otherwise, not in a million years. And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to read something that isn’t dense French literature!