Elaborate, suspensful, mysterious, thoughtful, beautiful, dark, romantic, adventurous, supernatural... could go on and on.
Modern readers will find plenty to quibble with in the writing, and Dumas does go on at times, but the overall experience is one for the literary ages. The plotting is absolutely infectious and the characterizations always robust.
The narration here is first rate, too.
I haven't seen any of the Hollywood adaptations, but no film could do it justice in less than 20 hours of running time. A mini-series, please, if anyone from Hollywood is reading!!
These negative reviews are as the buzzing of flies in my ears. These slaves and he-goats should be hung upside down from the walls for their insolence. It is obvious they were born with dung between the toes and have not the sense of a donkey.
Tedious. Boring. I kept waiting for the pay-off (a meaning, an event, a joke, anything), but there is none. Thought provoking? I guess if you suspend everything you know about human nature you might find the behaviors of these characters plausible, and therefore somehow enlightening.
I didn't. Complete unmoving and unsatisfying.
Spare yourself from these "Spare Parts."
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