Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Count of Monte Cristo (Great Illustrated Classics)

The Count of Monte Cristo (Great Illustrated Classics Version)
By: Alexandre Dumas, Abridged By: Mistu Yamamoto
Abdo Publishing Company
January 2002
Ages: 9-12
Pages: 236

Edmond Dantes is sentenced to life in prison for treason that he did not commit. He was framed by his best friend who was in love with his fiance', Mercedes. After fourteen years in prision, of being tortured, being left without hope, Edmond breaks free and sails to the Island of Monte Cristo with some friends he has made on his journey to find the long, lost treasure of the Island of Monte Cristo. There, Edmond and his friend find the treasure and become fabulously wealthy. Throughout the rest of the book, they use their riches to exact revege on the people who framed Edmond and had him imprisoned for 14 years.
Who would benefit from reading this book?
Anyone who is familiar with the Count of Monte Cristo, but does not want to read the whole unabridged and original version, will love this book. Also, anyone who loves adventure, mystery, intrugue, romance and revenge will want to read this book again and again!
What problems do you see this book causing?
Some of the main themes in this book are being dishonest and getting revenge on those you say are your enemies. Some of the subject matter, such as vilolence and the themes discussed above, my might be innappropriate for young audiences.
What was your reaction?
I got this book as a Christmas present one year when I was young and I was absolutely thrilled. I loved the movie and i wanted to read the book and the abridged version was a great way to go. The pictures are wonderful and completely complement the text of the book.

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