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The Count of Monte Cristo (1844)

by Alexandre Dumas père

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The Count of Monte Cristo is the tense and exciting story of Edmond Dantes, a man on the threshold of a bright career and a happy marriage, who is imprisoned in the island fortress of the Chateau d'If on a false political charge. After staging a dramatic escape, he finds the fabulous treasure of Monte Cristo which makes him wealthy. He then sets upon the course of revenge against his old enemies.… (more)
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    The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas père (caflores)
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    The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester (rareflorida)
    rareflorida: An old SciFi classic based upon The Count of Monte Cristo. Be patient because the begining of the story may be frustrating but you will eventually see the intelligence.
  3. 124
    Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (VictoriaPL)
  4. 92
    The Black Tulip by Alexandre père Dumas (2below)
    2below: These stories share some key themes and plot elements. It's not nearly as epic as The Count of Monte Cristo but makes for an interesting comparison.
  5. 81
    The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy (SandSing7)
  6. 62
    Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand (VictoriaPL)
  7. 51
    Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (SandSing7)
  8. 41
    The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas (keeneam)
  9. 41
    Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini (MarcusBrutus)
  10. 41
    The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox (citygirl)
    citygirl: Another detailed, intricately plotted revenge tale.
  11. 21
    Selected Short Stories by Guy de Maupassant (bokai)
    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)
  12. 10
    The Count of Monte Cristo [2002 film] by Kevin Reynolds (Waldstein)
    Waldstein: Fascinating interpretation. Very free and very different. Really an independent work of art. If not superior to the novel, certainly not inferior to it either. Great script, superb cast, beautiful music, gorgeous production design.
  13. 32
    The Three Musketeers Twenty Years After The Vicomte of Bragelonne Ten Years Later Louise de la Valliere The Man in the Iron Mask (The Complete d'Artagnan Romances): Completed Second Edition by Alexandre Dumas (MarcusBrutus)
  14. 21
    Moonfleet by John Meade Falkner (elizabeth.a.coates)
    elizabeth.a.coates: Both are adventure stories that take place over a number of years and deal with riches, revenge, and romance
  15. 22
    The Queen of the South by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (lilisin)
    lilisin: "Queen of the South" is a modern retake on "The Count". Not my favorite read but you can definitely see the parallels.
  16. 66
    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (TomWaitsTables)
    TomWaitsTables: The story of a man consumed by his obsession, but instead of revenge, Gatsby is chasing the American dream.
  17. 11
    Gil Blas by Alain René Le Sage (roby72)
  18. 11
    The Stars' Tennis Balls by Stephen Fry (lizzybeans11)
  19. 23
    The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy (jordantaylor)
  20. 01
    Shogun by James Clavell (ShaneTierney)

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Una obra literaria colosal (también en tamaño: casi 1300 páginas en esta maravillosa edición), probablemente la opus magna de las historias de traiciones y venganzas épicas guiadas por la mano de Dios contra el intolerable enemigo. La evolución de Edmond Dantès desde el marinero original hasta el Conde de Montecristo que vemos al final del libro, pasando por su poderosa encarnación intermedia, es uno de los mayores alzamientos y caídas de personajes literarios en contexto trágico que nunca he vivido. Este y el de Paul Atreides, por supuesto.

En su vertiente más filosófica y cuando los ritmos de la novela lo permiten, la mayoría de los personajes exhiben un egoísmo que superaría, como era de esperar, las futuras previsiones (oxímoron) de [a:Ayn Rand|432|Ayn Rand|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1168729178p2/432.jpg] o [a:José Ingenieros|364028|José Ingenieros|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1345413352p2/364028.jpg]: pocos personajes hacen nada de manera altruista o por puro amor (salvo en algunos pasajes determinados), sino que impera el contrato individual en búsqueda del beneficio propio y caiga quien caiga por el camino. Quizá esta visibilización del espíritu humano sea la tragedia real que esconde esta novela, de la que incluso su protagonista, harto de lo poco que le han dado los demás y lo mucho que le han quitado, hace gala y apología. ¡Desolador!

Y, aunque a ratos he tenido la sensación de estar en un salón de la alta burguesía francesa merendando bollitos acompañados de licores y arreglando la vida de terceras personas (tantas como las infinitas subtramas de la obra), quisiera quedarme con los momentos más épicos, las mejores enseñanzas (probablemente las del uso de venenos sin ser detectado) y los personajes más nobles entre tanta cochambre espiritual : la familia Morrel y mi preferido, el abate Faria, del que nunca olvidaré su lección de que todo lo que ha de saber una persona está contenido en un número limitado de libros que han de interiorizarse. Interiorización de las enseñanzas, ¡jamás se conoció tamaño dislate! ( )
  tecniferio | May 12, 2022 |
Epic Dumas story (he got paid by the word apparently), about Edouard Dantes, who is engaged to Mercedes. He is jailed on the notorious Chateau D'if, an island prison that is thought to be escape free.[return][return]There he befriends a priest who has also been jailed and learns the location of a fabled fortune. The priest dies, and Edouard manages to escape, and tracks down the fortune. [return][return]He then uses his fortune to track down those who jailed him, and rain destruction on their houses and families, even if it does mean that his old love loses her son in the process. ( )
  nordie | Apr 18, 2022 |
"Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget that, until the day God deign to reveal the future to man, the sum of all human wisdom will be contained in these two words: Wait and hope."
  roseandisabella | Mar 18, 2022 |
As good as everyone has always claimed. I was very disappointed by the conclusion of Danglars' story, but then realized that's probably what Dumas intended. It's a gift when an author is able to play with your emotions so well. ( )
  invisiblecityzen | Mar 13, 2022 |
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Dumas père, Alexandreprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bair, LowellTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Batchelor, PeterNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Botto, MargheritaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brom, PavelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Clapham, MarcusAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Williams, FredNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wren, KeithIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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On February 24, 1815, the lookout of Notre-Dame de la Garde signalled the three-master, the Pharaon, coming from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples.
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The Count of Monte Cristo is the tense and exciting story of Edmond Dantes, a man on the threshold of a bright career and a happy marriage, who is imprisoned in the island fortress of the Chateau d'If on a false political charge. After staging a dramatic escape, he finds the fabulous treasure of Monte Cristo which makes him wealthy. He then sets upon the course of revenge against his old enemies.

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