Thursday, November 18, 2010

Character Connection: Edmond Dantes

One of my favorite characters of all time is Edmond Dantes otherwise known as the Count of Monte Cristo. I've just recently re-read this for book club tonight, so I thought what better character than him to highlight today for my character connection! (Feel like highlighting a character? Join us over at The Introverted Reader every Thursday!)

Edmond Dantes from
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
(shown here as played by Jim Caviezel)

As you may know, Edmond Dantes starts out the book as a happy, young 19 year old boy. His whole future is ahead of him. All is going right in his world, and it appears his life is going to be heaven on earth. But suddenly, that all changes when he is framed for treason, arrested and locked up in a prison from which no one has ever escaped. His life makes a full about turn and all looks bleak and hopeless.

But then stuff happens, and things begin to look up again! (I don't want to spoil things in case you haven't read this book yet! Is there even anyone out there who hasn't read it?) And then what he does with this second chance is what this book is all about. But that part I should save for an actual review I'm thinking!

So, back to the reasons why I love Edmond Dantes:

* his character is complicated and dynamic
* he exudes the very definition of "coolness"
* he is extremely charismatic
* he is confused and torn and flawed
* he is brilliant!
* on one hand his the good guy hero, and on the other he's the bad guy villain
* he is passionate and colorful

Yes, this is definately a character I love!

Here's a video I enjoyed that does a pretty fine job of highlighting him:

What character are you crushing on this week?


  1. I want to read this book. For my first time, should I read the abridged, or unabridged? Or, do you think I should go with an audiobook? (I do like audiobooks)

    Also, The youtube clip has sparked my interest for the book even more. I think I want to watch the movie, but will wait until I am done with the book.

    Thanks for keeping The Count of Monte Cristo in the forefront of my mind.

  2. I love Edumund, too. My seventh-grade teacher assigned TCOMC to my class, and I was hooked. I read it again several more times and then realized in adulthood I'd been reading the abridged version. Three summers ago I read the whole thing. Still is my favorite book.

    Now what does it say about me that my favorite book is all about revenge??

  3. Wow, I can't even get my book club to read books that are 500 pages long! I have never read the unabridged Count of Monte Cristo but oh my, I love that movie! Just watched it last night.

  4. I am so sorry it has taken me so long to comment!

    I actually haven't read this. I have seen the movie with Jim Caviezel (yummy!) I'm thinking I need to actually get around to reading some of Dumas's work someday. Everyone seems to rave about him!



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