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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 (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 [Penguin Popular Classics] 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 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 (joririchardson)
  20. 01
    Shogun by James Clavell (ShaneTierney)

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Now, I want to watch a movie to see what they felt could be left out. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
2021 review: reread via BPL audiobook
This unabridged audiobook narrated by John Lee made me bump up my previous rating from 4.5* to 5*. This (very) long novel reminded a bit of Victor Hugo in places with long digressions into minor characters' stories, though being Dumas even these were generally pretty exciting.

While I have enjoyed several film adaptations, none of them have the complexity of the novel (and most make some sort of significant change to either plot or character). I am so glad that I decided to reread this and in an unabridged edition! ( )
  leslie.98 | Mar 25, 2021 |
Brilliant. A big book in length but also a very great one-I would definitely rate it as a masterpiece . It never dragged despite being over 1000 pages long (please do not let this put you off starting it) and at times the tension and excitement were almost too much to bear. The characters are superb, the plot engrossing. Several times I read well into the early hours of the morning. It was time well spent. War & Peace next? May need a rest first!! ( )
  Patsmith139 | Mar 15, 2021 |
What an incredible story. The moral is quite simple. There are some people you just do not underestimate. I cannot begin to imagine what thoughts ran through our character's head while he slept at night or how he managed to keep things in enough order to stay ahead of those who wronged him. A sad heartbreaking story but also one of redemption. ( )
  Joe73 | Mar 10, 2021 |
This was a fun read—a real page-turner. Not heady, just a cozy up and enjoy kind of book. ( )
  FTLShawn | Feb 18, 2021 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Dumas père, Alexandreprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bair, LowellTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Binni, LanfrancoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Botto, MargheritaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brom, PavelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bromova, DagmarIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buss, RobinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Clapham, MarcusAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coward, DavidIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coward, DavidRevised translationsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fabre, Francois-XavierCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Finne, JalmariTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Franceschini, EmilioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hasenbein, MeinhardÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Homewood, BillNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mathias, RobertCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maurois, AndréIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moncada, JesúsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paduano, GuidoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schaeffer, MeadIllustratorsecondary 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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