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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas is one of the most exciting books ever written The characters are very real and believable particularly Edmond Dantes the protagonist The way he lusts for vengeance and yet waits patiently for the right time is admirable to say the least His mind sharpened and educated by Abb Faria during years in prison helps him transform into many different personages including the mysterious Count of Monte Cristo Dantes uses his many aliases to befriend important people and form alliances Aside from the protagonists personality and believability the novel also includes much suspense leaving you holding your breath and hoping Examples of this include Chapter Twenty when Dantes plan for escape is shattered when he is thrown into the ocean with a cannon ball tied to his feet Chapter Twenty-one tells of his escape from drowning by cutting the cannon ball from his ankles Another thrill of suspense comes later in the book as Dantes searches for treasure on the isle of Monte Cristo The book is not all suspense however Many chapters seem to tell about trivial things although they set the stage for later action such as Chapter Thirty-one where Baron Franz dEpinay meets Dantes in the form of Sinbad the Sailor This chapter is wonderful as it describes Sinbads hidden palace and his way extraordinary way of life Chapters Thirty-three and Thirty-four are also seemingly trivial they recount the history of a well-known Roman bandit However this history becomes somewhat relevant later on in the book The antagonists are a great part of the book as well The conspirators that put Dantes in prison are by far the worst but the deputy procurer Villefort is just as evil He found Dantes innocent of any charges but still had him locked away in the Chateau DIf because of political and personal reasons His selfishness
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