Originally written by Alexandre Dumas in 1844, The Count of Monte Cristo is about Edmond Dantès’ pursuit of justice after being wrongly imprisoned on his wedding day. This classic story has received a number of adaptations, including films, sequels, and plays.
The Manga Classics version of the story does a respectable job of taking a complex story and breaking it down for readers to follow. Having read both traditional book and this version, I still prefer the original but that could be because of how I was first introduced to the story of Edmond.
The Count of Monte Cristo is a difficult book to read in nearly any format. While the manga is a great way to introduce new readers to the story, the complex plot can still be hard to follow, especially as more characters are introduced.
The illustrations bring the story and its characters to life through panels of expression-filled faces and dramatic poses. I found myself connecting more closely with the characters and their struggles because of the wonderful illustrations contained in the pages of the manga.
With its twisting plot and numerous characters, The Count of Monte Cristo is not an easy story to read. Thanks to the visual nature of this adaption, following Edmond on his journey is a little less harrowing than in the original story.
Man is not meant to enjoy happiness so unmixed with sorrow and strife. Have I earned this joy?
This isn’t my favourite story by Dumas, but the manga is an interesting way to revisit this classic book. Younger readers may have a hard time getting through the plot, but if they’re interested in literature and mangas or comics, this could be a great way to introduce them to Edmond and his quest for justice.
For an alternative take on the manga, check out this review on the Kimyouna Onna website.