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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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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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    citygirl: Another detailed, intricately plotted revenge tale.
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    one-horse.library: The story of a man consumed by his obsession, but instead of revenge, Gatsby is chasing the American dream.
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    bokai: While Maupassant's power is in his slice of life short stories told in an objective narrative voice and Dumas is the master of the thousand page epic told (see more) in highly sympathetic narration, both authors evoke images of the same France and are unequaled in their skill at bringing character and conflict to life. A short by Maupassant is a great way to break up the lengthy prose of Dumas, and Dumas, in turn, expands and elaborates the world that Maupassant provides only glimpses of.… (more)
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    lilisin: "Queen of the South" is a modern retake on "The Count". Not my favorite read but you can definitely see the parallels.
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A wonderful book about one man's unjust imprisonment. ( )
  warangel820 | Apr 2, 2014 |
You have to read the classics, it's your duty! ( )
  caanderson | Mar 26, 2014 |
oh what a wonderful book to dive into the past and a different country. This book as all the bells and whistles. Love, murders, duels, envy. However, the ending is rather flat. Sailing into the sunset? but during the story this book has enough highlights to make up for it. worth to read the 1300 something pages. Not a dull moment. ( )
  kakadoo202 | Mar 21, 2014 |
Wow! What a book. I haven't read a book this long in ages (the unabridged, of course.) I am a sucker for a long rambling tale with great characters and lots of twists, turns, side stories -- and this is one of those novels. I have never read Dumas and finally decided to after many allusions to his novels; most recently in the prison escape in Spanish writer Zafron's Barcelona series latest installment, 'The Prisoner of Heaven.'

I think you need to be patient to read this and not get bogged down with the references. This particular edition had a very unobtrusive footnote style which allowed me to skip them without guilt and it didn't change my enjoyment of the novel in slightest to not be familiar with all the French writers and politicians of the day. I just loved the Count and despite considering myself a forgiving person I relished his perfect revenge.

The dramatic tension was a bit uneven. For instance I loved the part of the novel set in the prison; I loved the Morrell's and Valentine's poisoning; the Villefort storyline. I less liked the parts set in Italy and the whole Haydee affair. And I was a biit disappointed with the anticlimactic reunion of the Count and Mercedes. But alas . . . I read eagerly every evening for the last month and I will miss this novel.

If you like succinct, edgy modern or post-modern novels - you will hate this. If you love rambling, traditional storytelling and 19th century settings and style - this is a must read! . . . From now on my advice to anyone who is suffering will be -- "Wait and hope." ( )
  jhowell | Mar 18, 2014 |
Es increíble lo fácil que puede parecer plasmar una historia con letras cuando lees algo como esto. Un libro de los pies a la cabeza, de principio a fin. Largo, si. Pero no le sobra ni una sola página. Lo he disfrutado muchísimo, sobre todo los últimos capítulos. Una lectura imprescindible.
Ahora me falta ver la interpretación de Gerard Depardieu. ( )
  tonimp | Mar 8, 2014 |
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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 père, Alexandreprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dumas, Alexandre, peremain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bair, LowellTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buss, RobinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Clapham, MarcusAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coward, DavidIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coward, DavidRevised translationsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Homewood, BillNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maurois, AndréIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schaeffer, MeadIllustratorsecondary authorsome 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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Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas' epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular succes when it was first serialized in the 1840s.… (more)

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