I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
If you have read the Count of Monte Cristo, you obviously don’t need me to give an overview of the plot, if you haven’t then what the hell are you doing reading reviews on this book? Go and read the original. Now. It’s amazing and you will not appreciate this book or the story unless you have read it. And not the abridged version, the whole 1300 page monster.
The Count of Monte Cristo is easily my favourite classic novel – perhaps even favourite book in general – of all time. I read it for the first time at the end of last year and fell in love with it. I was just sad I was unlikely to have the time to read it again anytime soon because, as I’ve said it’s a monster of a book and really I think everything in it is important to the story – at least in prose form.
I have read a few other Manga Classics as a way to almost experience the classics in a consolidated way, and also out of curiosity as to how they will be depicted. Generally, I have liked them all and this was no exception as it allowed me to experience the story in only 400 beautifully illustrated pages. The way the characters were depicted was brilliant and I love how this team adapts classic stories to the manga style. That being said, being only 400 pages it does gloss over large portions of the book – Edmond’s time in prison for example and the majority of Heloise de Villefort’s whole scheming, treacherous arc. I understand why this is done but if you have not read the original, and don’t know how to fill in the blanks, it loses something.
Either way, it’s impressive how concisely they cut it down, and I also think it’s clever how they changed the perspective slightly so that some of the ‘insider info’ or dramatic irony that the reader experiences in the novel is removed and then revealed with more suspenseful way, like an unravelling mystery, in this adaption.
I will most definitely be adding this to my hard copy collection, along with Pride and Prejudice.