Rewind to 2014 and I was on maternity leave and obsessively watching Revenge while the baby was napping. When the series wrapped up in 2015, I found out it was inspired by The Count of Monte Cristo and decided that one day I’d definitely get around to reading it.
One day turned out to be five years later! I’ve just finished this book and if ever there was a book to blog about this is it. I felt like I was reading this book forever and I loved every minute. Yes, this classic is dense and intricate but it is also brilliant and completely worth reading!
In the novel, Edmond Dantes is a young sailor about to become captain of the Pharaon and marry his sweetheart Mercedes when he is falsely accused of being a Bonapartist. The first betrayal is followed by another and Edmond spends the next fourteen years in the dungeons of the infamous Chateau D’If.
In the TV series, Emily’s father like Dante is falsely accused, this time of being a terrorist and dies in prison before he has the opportunity to clear his name. Emily then spends the best part of her youth moving from one institution to another and determined to prove that her father was an innocent man.
The protagonists both reinvent themselves (with a little help) and so begin their epic journey of revenge.