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The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics) (original 1844; edition 2003)

by Alexandre Dumas père

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Title:The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics)
Authors:Alexandre Dumas père
Info:Penguin Classics (2003), Paperback, 1312 pages
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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père (1844)

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Absolutely stunning!

I guess the fact that I read an entire novel of hardly under 1300 pages without being bored shows that this book has stood the test of time. Even though the set of characters remain in Paris for a good 800 pages, one never feels like skiping ahead because any detail could be a part of Monte Cristo's plot, and any sentence could be Dumas at his best.

This book has perhaps restored my faith in the 19th century novel. The perhaps now absurd focus on upper class is not bothersome after a page or 50, and it shows that one can get used to any style of prose. Monte Cristo and the entire set of characters are truly memorable, and even though they come across as a bit romanticized, they strike the heart and manage to appear as realistically as fiction allows.
1 vote bartt95 | Apr 10, 2016 |
Survival and revenge at its best. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
I think I saw the film first, in this rare case, before reading the book - Jim Caviezel (2002) was terrific ! Richard Harris, Guy Pearce, Henry Cavill also great casting
  frahealee | Apr 3, 2016 |
Basic plot : a talented young sailor named Edmond Dantes is framed for being a Bonapartist by jealous crew mates and a corrupt judge. He is imprisoned in a remote island where he meets an eccentric scholar who teaches him science, history, art and languages. Dantes is highly intelligent and he learns all this very well and in turn, uses that knowledge to plot the downfall of the men who were responsible for his imprisonment.

There are a ton of characters in the novel but here are the ones the story centers on:

Edmond Dantes: Our protagonist. He is a sympathetic character in the beginning. He slowly changes into a colder more cruel man with a warped sense of justice. One might even say that he scoffs at the very idea...
His treatment of the villains may be justified in a way but along the way there are the innocents who are affected by his actions. At times he seems to be cold and calculating while at other times he does great acts of kindness. He takes on many disguises and identities and slowly he starts to lose his identity as Edmond Dantes.
He becomes:
-Abbe Busoni
-Sinbad the Sailor
and finally the title character, the Count of Monte Cristo.

The Antagonists:

Villefort : the crown prosecutor who refuses to release the charges placed on Dantes when he discovers that doing so may incriminate himself. He is responsible for destroying the evidence that would've proved Dantes' innocence.

Danglars: at the start of the story he is one of the Dantes crew mates he then becomes a powerful and rich banker in Paris. He is the ring leader of the plot against Dantes. He is responsible for forging the actual evidence against him and convincing the other crew mates to help incriminate Dantes.

Morcerf/Mondego: a childhood friend of Mercedes who is jealous of her relationship with Dantes and is persuaded by Danglars to turn in the incriminating evidence against Dantes to the authorities. He becomes a prominent member of the Parisian high society and is determined to secure his position in politics.

Criticism : characters in the beginning become are hardly recognizable towards the later half. For example there is no resemblance at all between Edmond Dantes and the count of Monte Cristo. I suppose that this may be his purpose but there is no indication in the count that he was once Edmond Dantes... Same thing with the other three villains. A minor gripe but I would've liked more consistency because at times it felt like I was reading several different books at once which was a bit jarring. Also the second half of the story which I refer to as the "post-prison arc/Parisian high society arc" was a bit slower in some parts, when the characters get into long conversations about the legal system and banking and politics...was tedious at times to read.

With all that being said, that was just the introduction to the story... At 1200 plus pages there are so many more plot lines that are interwoven into the story that to mention all of them would take a 10 page essay really...
There are many many more important characters as well but the ones I've mentioned are the driving force behind this whole meandering plot : the protagonist and the men he plots against. Overall I enjoyed this, the characters weren't the most complex but the plot was intricate with lots of twists that made it very entertaining. ( )
  Clair_de_Lune023 | Mar 26, 2016 |
I'm finished. It got better. MUCH better. More later. Maybe. ( )
  thebookmagpie | Mar 13, 2016 |
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Edmond Dantes je plemenit, lep, mladi mornar zaljubljen u predivnu Mercedes. Danglers koji želi da se dočepa njegovog zlata, Kaderus, lupež koji želi ličnu osvetu i zli general Mondego koji želi Mercedes za ženu, optužuju Edmunda za pljačku upravo na dan njegov venčanja i on biva zatvoren u zloglasni zatvor Sato D'if. Bežeci iz zatvora, na zabačenom ostrvu pronalazi ogromno blago. U Pariz se vraća kao bogati i misteriozni grof Monte Kristo. Kako bih isterao pravdu i sprao ljagu sa svog imena - uz pomoć tri nova i urnebesna prijatelja!
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Dumas, Alexandre, peremain authorall editionsconfirmed
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On February 24, 1815, the watchtower at Marseilles signaled the arrival of the three-master Pharaon, coming from Smyrna, Trieste and Naples.
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blurb: This enduringly popular tale of live and vengeance in the post Napoleonic era follows Edmond Dantes as he prepares to captain his own ship and marry his beloved Mercedes. But on his wedding day, he is betrayed by spiteful enemies and arrested on trumped up charges. Condemned to lifelong imprisonment, he befriends Abbe Faria, a priest and fellow inmate with an escape plan. When Abbe Faria dies, Edmond escapes alone. Free at last, and incredibly wealthy, Edmond enters society posing as the brooding and mysterious count of Monte Cristo to reclaim his lost love and exact a terrible vengeance from his accusers.
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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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