Hi guys, I am back with a book/manga review and recommendation for you all!
Title: Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo
Original Author: Alexandre Dumas Adaptor: Stacy King Contributor: Crystal S. Chan Illustrator: Nokman Poon
Genre: Classics, Manga
Length: 401 pages
Rating: 5★ / 5★
A Conspiracy and a miscarriage of justice turn the gentle Edmond Dantès into an implacable agent of fate: The Count of Monte Cristo . Obsessed by vengeance and empowered by providence, the Count avenges himself on whose who have wronged him – but is this justice, or is this hubris? In the end, does even the Count know?
Alexandre Dumas’ skillful narrative combines intrigue, betrayal, and triumphant revenge into a powerful conflict between good and evil. Now this exciting saga, rich and diverse, takes on an entirely new life in this Manga Classics adaptation!
I had read the story of ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ when I was in my school for an assignment, which was long back and I vaguely remember the story being of a guy who gets wrongly accused for something which he is not aware of and gets sent to prison on an island far away and is locked in for many years. He then escapaes and plans a revenge for all the people who did him wrong.
I didn’t remember the story in detail since then and reading this manga version of the story was a good refresher. I haven’t read the original book written by the author, never got around it and felt intimidated by the sheer size of the novel. The one I read in my school, that version was toned down as a grade read. So is the manga version. I absolutely loved it as it was the the right amount of story development and the way it unfolded was a page turner.
The artwork as usual is splendid. My favourite characters are Edmond Dantes and Haydee. Dantes’ character development I would say is one of the best. The way he was in the start – friendly, easily trusting others and caring without thinking twice – transforms after the unfortunate incident that occurs with him. He greives and tries to understand what could have caused his misery until he meets his mentor, who grooms him in many areas and teaches him as much as he knew of the world, the philosophy and other knowlegdeable areas. Haydee on the other hand is a strong willed young lady. Her circumstances are similar to Dantes but she has developed incredibly in character.
In short, I would definitely recommend this manga version to all. Also, thank you Netgalley and Udon Entertainment for the arc in exchange for an honest review.
(Pic courtesy: Goodreads)