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

by Alexandre Dumas père, Robin Buss (Introduction)

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Member:Helen.Okell
Title:The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics)
Authors:Alexandre Dumas père
Other authors:Robin Buss (Introduction)
Info:Penguin Classics (2003), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 1276 pages
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Rating:*****
Tags:Completed 2013-02-20

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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père (1844)

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The uses of a book is to read that especially if its a good book. The Count of Monte Cristo is a book that is written by Alexander. I read this book once but it kept popped out in my mind. Hows the book make me feel and hows the book make me imaginating about the scene in the book. In every book there must be strength and also the weakness in it. I'm the kind of people who belive that if i have been given two news, one is a good news and the other one is a bad news, they will choose the bad one first for them to know. So i will tell you first about the weakness of this book.

Based on my opinion this book is very predictable. The plot of a story is predictable for me because this story is only about the main character love life, he is having an enemy, and the revenge.

The strength of this book is the way of how the author tells the story is very impressive. How he manage in using what words so that the readers could imagine the same thing as he is and he really did a great job. This story is very good.

I like this book. At the beginning i didnt say that i like this book, thinking that i will like this book can be 0% but at the end i like the book. I recommend you people outside to read The count of Monte Cristo because it is a very nice book to read. ( )
  sharongabriel | Dec 1, 2016 |
This has been on my "to read" list for years and now that I have read it was it worth the time? In a word, yes.

You have probably seen one or more of the many film adaptations of this novel but none of them match the breadth and depth of the book. A classic tale of a wronged man wreaking revenge upon his tormentors, the Count of Monte Cristo boasts a huge page count, a vast cast of characters and a meticulously worked plot. Dumas may not have been the world's greatest novelist, but he knew how to tell a tale and this new Penguin translation serves his story well.

It is interesting to note that his original intention was to simply have the Count show up in Rome and then Paris and exact revenge. It was his collaborator, Maquet, who suggested filling in The Count's back story - the betrayal, arrest and false imprisonment of Edmond Dantes, who would later escape and transform himself into the avenging angel of Monte Cristo. This is crucial in grounding the Count's actions. We always remember that behind the aristocrat there is the simple young sailor, Dantes.

Indeed the first part of the book is one of its most gripping sections as Edmond is caught in a web of lies and deceit and everything is taken away from him on the eve of his greatest happiness. That and his imprisonment and escape are superbly told chapters and give purpose to Dantes' later actions as the Count.

That's not to say the book is perfect. After his escape Dantes vanishes for nine years before reappearing in Italy as The Count of Monte Cristo. At first it's unclear what this part, where he entertains two young noblemen has to do with anything. That only becomes clear later. But it's an interesting part of the story. Where the story starts to sag a bit is when we finally get to Paris and find out what became of Dantes' betrayers. Dumas takes a very long time to weave the Count's web of revenge and then tighten the strands. Dumas was paid by the line and it starts to show here.

But once the noose starts to tighten around the people who wronged him the story picks up again and his revenge is exacted, sometimes at a terrible cost.

The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the great popular novels and helped to shape the form of the novel into the 20th century. It's themes of revenge, redemption and salvation have been echoed in innumerable books. It is one of the foundation stones of modern storytelling and well worth your time. ( )
  David.Manns | Nov 28, 2016 |
I have been injecting few classics in my ‘to-read’ list for a while—in order to catch up with the ones that are a must-read but couldn’t find a spot in past at the top in my ‘to-read’ list. Because of being fatter than many other books that this one competed with, it took me more time than anticipated to get to it. And I am very glad I did!

The Count of Monte Cristo is an epic story of loyalty, betrayal, and revenge. Edmond Dantes, a merchant sailor working for a private ship business owner, Morrel, is just back from a business trip and on the night before he is to marry his financee, Mercedes, three men, with their respective reasons to get rid of Dantes, conspire to get him a life imprisonment. For next few years Dantes goes through very hard times--and becomes inconsolably depressed before a fellow prisoner brings a ray of hope. In a turn of fate, he finds a fortune and starts to search for the people from the past life that was snatched from him. Dantes, still with good heart, helps his bankrupt employer of the past, and few others. He then embarks on a legendary patient revenge with the three conspirators.

The book remarkably creates very picturesque imaginary, specifically the melodramatic outbursts in the characters, as they are interacting in a very well detailed out scenery.

Overall, the story is extraordinarily intricate and very engaging with curiously interconnected events. ( )
  pawanmishra | Nov 9, 2016 |
Maybe as good as the Three Musketeers, but very different, although full of the same danger, intrigue, romance, action, etc. Completely engrossing, as the Count seeks revenge for his false imprisonment. ( )
  datrappert | Oct 24, 2016 |
This classic story of wrongful imprisonment, hidden treasure, and revenge is truly a masterpiece. Alexandre Dumas’ famous novel The Count of Monte Cristo has seen life not only in print but in film and television, but one cannot appreciate the novel unless you read it in its entire unabridged length.

Edmond Dantes is wrongfully accused of a crime and thrown in prison without trial to be forgotten, after overcoming both mental and physical anguish and befriending a fellow prisoner, and finally he is able to escape. Thanks to his friendship Dantes knows where a potential hidden treasure is located and finds it to be real, and using it begins finding out why he was thrown into prison and chart is path to revenge through fortune and hidden identities. Yet what this quick synopsis omits is the numerous and fascinating major and secondary characters that Dantes interacts throughout the narrative.

Originally published in serial form, Dumas was paid for how much he wrote and one would think that The Count of Monte Cristo might be riddled with meandering subplots that never go anywhere and/or have nothing to do with the central plot. But Dumas instead wove a tapestry of beauty with every word he wrote; instead of making meandering plots he described scenes and events in rich detail that it brings the story even more alive in the reader’s imagination.

If pressed to find anything negative to say about this book, the easiest answer would be cultural references that are almost 170 years old. The only other negative was the completely different societal norms that were in Parisian society in the 1840s compared today’s. However both of these ‘negatives’ can easily be put down to a piece of fiction that was contemporary when it was written but now can be seen as historical fiction with the passage to time.

The Count of Monte Cristo needs to be read in all its unabridged glory to fully appreciate why it is a masterpiece and classic. Dumas’ literary tapestry is a delight to behold once finished with the last page and makes the reader think about when they’ll have time to reread it in the future. ( )
  mattries37315 | Oct 19, 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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Bair, LowellTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Binni, LanfrancoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Botto, MargheritaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buss, RobinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Clapham, MarcusAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coward, DavidIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coward, DavidRevised translationsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Homewood, BillNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maurois, AndréIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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