So of course I managed to pick up an abridged copy, which was unfortunate, but it was also free, so it's hard to complain. Even so, I was able to get a sense of just how epic and complex Dumas' novel is. He had an amazing sense of the intricacies of aristocratic life, as well as the emotional desire for vengeance. The story is brilliantly conceived and incredibly well-told, but I feel like I can't give a true review without having read the original. So I will do so, and write another review on that.