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The Count of Monte Cristo (abridged) by…

The Count of Monte Cristo (abridged)

by Alexandre Dumas

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It’s an adventure/revenge story. It’s how Victorians had fun.
  smallself | Mar 29, 2019 |
  SteppLibrary | Sep 5, 2017 |
I need to start by saying that I respect this book for what it represents in the realm of classic literature. I recognize that many great works have used this story or elements from it as the foundations of their success. All that said, I was pretty underwhelmed by the book. I blame all those that suggested it to me. All descriptions I'd heard of the book pretty much too be up to page 130, which leaves 400 pages of story. Either these people that recommended the book to me did not read those 400 pages, are they thought so little of them as to not remember or mention them. Many elements of the story I found entertaining but I felt nothing for most of the characters. The melodrama throughout the storyline was distracting and off putting--I frequently found myself wishing for a more modern translation. ( )
  rdwhitenack | Jan 1, 2017 |
Beautifully told story of revenge at its finest. Edmond Dantes went from despair to bettering his life by taking out all those who had harmed him. ( )
  Kayla.Krantz | Jun 18, 2016 |
I have to confess - the first time I tried reading this book, I tried reading the unabridged version which turned out to be too much for me. It took me a good chunk of time to get through the first 300 pages. There was a lot of historical information that I didn't find interesting at the time, but I am going to attempt to read the unabridged version again someday because this book is totally worth it.

I devoured the abridged version. The story of Edmond Dantes and his transformation into The Count of Monte Cristo is dramatic and flawless. The wronged Edmond Dantes finds himself confronted with an intense thirst for justice and revenge against the men who condemned him to prison. As the Count of Monte Cristo, he reintegrates himself into their circle and stages the scene for his revenge.

Edmond constantly places justice on the same plate as revenge; but there are times he faces a moral crisis as to whether his vengeance is justified. Nevertheless, he carries out his plan until the end.

Yet, the previously jovial and good-natured Edmond is not completely lost after his experience in prison. As the Count of Monte Cristo, he saves those who are abandoned and good people, earning their loyalty because of his sincere goodness to them. The younger generation of characters which includes Albert and Maximillien also bring an aspect of friendship, love, and loyalty into the story.

The unabridged volume is kind of daunting, but reading this particular abridged version will help draw you into the story and hopefully like in my case, give you a larger incentive to eventually try the unabridged version. Dumas weaves such a splendid narrative, one in which all the characters are connected and none are wasted. I often found myself playing the detective, trying to piece together seemingly separate events that all seem to come together in the end. This is definitely a masterpiece of literature. ( )
  est-lm | May 3, 2014 |
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Dumas, Alexandreprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bair, LowellTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hirvensalo, LauriTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sante, LucIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, RobertIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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On the 24th of February, 1815, the watch-tower of Notre-Dame de la Garde signalled the arrival of the three-master Pharoan, from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451521951, Mass Market Paperback)

Edmond Dantes, a young sailor from Marseilles, soon to become captain of his own ship and married to his beloved, finds himself betrayed by spiteful enemies and condemned to lifelong imprisonment. A novel of intrigue, suspense and love now debuting as a Signet Classic.

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Edmund Dantes, unjustly convicted of aiding the exiled Napoleon, escapes after fourteen years of imprisonment and seeks revenge in Paris.

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