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The Count of Monte Cristo (1844)
by Alexandre Dumas père
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I may be single, but I have found the love of my life in book form! Read all 1462 pages at least 3 times!
An excellent view of the upper crust in the 1800's Paris. The sarcasm is well used. I enjoyed the development of the relationships and intrigue and I felt Dumas was able to craft complex characters, pitiable villains (with some notable exceptions). I enjoyed how, in the beginning, the various Parisian elite are silly and charming, but as you spend time with them and you see how ugly their behavior is, they become sickening. I enjoy watching their various disappointments and downfalls that they earn.
There was not much suspense though. After the Count is established, you never doubt that he will succeed. I wish I had more time to doubt his intentions and that he made more mistakes. I wish we didn't spend several chapters waiting for an ending that was disappointingly predictable from the moment the final drama was established. The characters kinda trickled out of the story at the end. The Count's last action of forgiveness is vaguely inspired and benefits the villain for whom we have the least sympathy. I would say the Count's numerous abilities never quite make it to Deus Ex Machina, but they walk that line. The end for Villefort's family was shocking, and I wish they gave us a little more time on the psychological effects of the events, but they just go back to the Count (who is much less interesting when they start spending some time with him).
This was a read-aloud by a local librarian and gave me something to look forward to every day during covid lockdown. It took 59 days to read; it is very long. (Good work, Christina!)
Colorful adventure story or meditation on providence and revenge? You decide. Although I must say, if you're going to punish those who done you wrong it certainly pays to be immensely wealthy.
I loved Edmond Dantes as a hero until his cruelty, the first of many, to the Nigerian man who became his slave.
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Adventure Classics Ivanhoe, Gullivers Travels, Treasure Island, the Call of the Wild, the Count of Monte Crist (boxed se by Walter Scott
The Count of Monte Cristo and Other Works by Alexandre Dumas (Unexpurgated Edition) (Halcyon Classics) by Alexandre Dumas
ALEXANDRE DUMAS Premium Collection - 27 Novels in One Volume: The Three Musketeers Series, The Marie Antoinette Novels, The Count of Monte Cristo, The ... Hero of the People, The Queen's Necklace... by Alexandre Dumas
Works of Alexandre Dumas. Incl: The Three Musketeers, Louise de la Valliere The Vicomte de Bragelonne, Man in the Iron Mask, The Count of Monte Cristo, ... Black Tulip, Chicot the Jester & more (mobi) by Alexandre Dumas
The Count of Monte Cristo, The Red Badge of Courage, The Scarlet Letter, The Phantom of the Opera, The Man in the Iron Mask (Classic Collections) by Alexandre Dumas
Alexandre Dumas Complete Works- the Three Musketeers Ten Twenty Years After Vicomte De Bragelonne Louise De La Valliere Man in the Iron Mask Marguerite De Valois Chicot the Jester Forty-Five Guardsmen Queen's Necklace Corsican Brothers Count of Monte Cristo Black Tulip Companions of Jehu Conspirators Regent's Daughter, Man in the Iron Mask (Essay) by Alexandre Dumas, Alexandre Dumas, Père
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International Collector's Library Classics 19 volumes: Crime & Punishment; Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea; Mysterious Island; Magic Mountain; Around the World in 80 Days; Count of Monte Cristo; Camille; Quo Vadis; Hunchback of Notre Dame; Nana; Scaramouche; Pinocchio; Fernande; War and Peace; The Egyptian; From the Earth to the Moon; Candide; Treasure of Sierra Madre; Siddhartha/Steppenwolf by Jules Verne
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Monte-Cristo's daughter; sequel to Alexander Dumas' great novel, the "Count of Monte-Cristo," and conclusion of "Edmond Dantes" by Edmund Flagg
The Wife of Monte-Cristo being the Continuation of Alexander Dumas' Celebrated Novel of the Count of Monte-Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
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The Count of Monte Cristo, for children (adapted ∙ Coleccion Clasicos Para Ninos) by Alexandre Dumas
Classics Illustrated #8: The Count of Monte Cristo (Classics Illustrated Graphic Novels) by Alexandre Dumas
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The Count of Monte Cristo: The Novel By Alexander Dumas Adapted for the Stage) (The 103rd Grove Play) by Charles L. Morey
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One hundred best novels condensed: 3 of 4 see note: Adam Bede; Tess of the D'Urbervilles; Don Quixote; East Lynne; Count of Monte Cristo; Paul and Virginia; Tom Brown's School Days; Waverley; Dombey and Son; Romola; Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Last of the Mohicans; Wreck of the "Grosvenor"; Right of Way; Coniston; Far from the Madding Crowd; Woman in White; Deemster; Waterloo; Hypatia; Kidnapped; Oliver Twist; Gil Blas; Peg Woffington; Virginians by Edwin Atkins Grozier
'Not the Count of Monte Cristo?!': A musical comedy in three acts for 3 players and a piano by Dave Reiser
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The Count of Monte Cristo is Alexandre Dumas' classic tale of revenge and adventure. The young sailor Dantes is fallaciously charged with treason and loses his fiance, his dreams and his life when he is locked up for thirteen years on the island prison of Chateau d'If. Mentored by another prisoner, Dantes finally escapes the prison, reinvents himself as the Count of Monte Cristo and begins to exact his revenge on the people who set him up.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)843.7Literature French French fiction Constitutional monarchy 1815–48
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It turns out the novel changes suddenly and violently. The character of Edmond, his story, his personality go out the window. We find him, years later, transformed into the Count, a sort of avenging angel: part Batman, part Robin Hood, part cosmopolitan billionaire. He is no longer so much a human being as a demigod, able to discover every secret, spend any amount, and manipulate any person to his own hidden ends. I see what Dumas's idea was: the Count takes it upon himself to embody tragic fate or karma, instigating convoluted plots to reveal the skeletons in his enemies' closets and detonate the landmines laid years before and waiting to explode their comfortable lives. It's a clever way to get revenge: help everyone's just deserts to work themselves out, as fate is supposed to do.
But it didn't work for me. Edmond was no longer a realistic personality at the heart of the book, but merely a catalyst for reactions among all the other characters, the foreordained working out of relations among them. I was not interested in their secrets. I did not care when shocking connections between them were revealed, what murders covered up, what frauds, what unfaithfulness. I did not want to read a novel about these supporting characters' past indiscretions. I wanted Edmond to restore justice by the denouement of his own story, not for him to become Fate itself and merely serve to speed up the working out of the stories of the others.