I have just finished reading The Count of Monto Cristo by Alexander Dumas and while the book was a little long and heavy going, it has a very interesting concept as its backbone, the concept of revenge. The book looks at it more from the Christian element of an eye for a eye but to me it has more of the feel of karma, or the Wiccan threefold rule. The threefold rule is the belief that anything that you put out into the world comes back to you three times as much, regardless of whether or not that was positive or negative vibes. The three characters guilty of placing an innocent man into prison had to deal with the fall out of this several years when he escapes from prison and begins a very clever and convoluted plan of revenge. However, this was more than a simple revenge as this leads to madness, and death, and it is not until the death of an young innocent boy that Count questions his plans. The Count often says that God is a allowing him to avenge his punishment but as it spirals out of control, you are left wondering if taking things into your own hand is a good idea after all. A book that is worth the read.
April 7, 2012