The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

Book - 1981
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Relates a sailor's preparation for and execution of revenge against the three men responsible for his fifteen years in prison.
Publisher: New York, NY Bantam Books [1981]
ISBN: 9780553213508
Branch Call Number: DUMA
Characteristics: 441 p. 18 cm.


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LPL_EliH Jun 30, 2018

As others have noted-- and it's also apparent if you've ever seen it in person--this book is a monster. Fittingly, cracking it open is like being thrown overboard into an ocean of small point text and an excess of archaic French naming conventions. I spent an entire summer reading it; sometimes I think about how many other standard novels I could have read instead, but I've never regretted it. There are some weaker side arcs throughout, but the saga of Edmond Dantes and his quest for love and revenge is so worth it if you can stick in there. It feels like binging a 10 season long TV show with a perfect ending.

Nov 28, 2017

An amazing book, based on an even more amazing reality. The trials and dubious triumph of Edmund Dantes, the comradeship of the Four Musketeers, and much more in the writings of Alexandre Dumas, were based on the life of his father, a bi-racial commander in Napoleon's army. When you've finished the Count of Monte Cristo, read Tom Reiss's biography, The Black Count.

Nov 24, 2017

My admiration of the author went up after learning his novel loosely based on his aristrocratic father, villain based on jealous Napoleon or that author was a mulatto.
No wonder it felt so real.
Wish fulfillment it was not with complex going long plan. Protagonist painfully learned he could not fix everything to what it was, but there were hidden rewards.
Now I have to read novel again.

Oct 03, 2017

Bro, this book was long AF. I liked the revenge stuff and the count stuff. "Three Musketeers" is more my style.

Aug 17, 2017

Probably one of my favorite "classics", along with Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. A thrilling and intense story, yes, a long one, but fast paced and full of action. Even though it seems like the novel is based on hatred and revenge, it can really surprise you with really tear-jerking scenes. At first, I didn't think much of this book, after all, I didn't particularly enjoy Duma's The Three Musketeers, but after the plot rolled out, I was hooked. I think you will be too.

Aug 09, 2017

Yes, it is almost fifteen hundred pages long. Yes, it is worth every page. And yes, the satisfaction of seeing every thread of story and revenge tie together slowly is amazing! I actually finished this pretty quickly, only because I couldn't put it down. I love the character of Monte Cristo and his ingenuity, calmness, and total disregard for the social customs - namely, you don't have that much money or opulence and show it off. Some people might find the older writing style a turn off; it didn't bother me at all. The only problem I had was keeping names straight, but that was only a couple times in the whole book, so not too bad. I would highly recommend this book to those who are looking for a long and interesting read. Another thing I would like to mention: how the ending differs from the movie. It's very intriguing, but I like the book's ending better. If you have seen the movie first, as I did, you may find the differences and similarities striking. Personally, I enjoyed both - but I enjoyed them separately, as two stories which happened to be alike in some aspects. Definitely would recommend both, though. Long book, more enjoyment! Good luck!

Jul 19, 2017

Vicariosly enjoy the young hero's slow-cooker revenge! never mind about coincidences and convenient meeting--that's great Lit for ya! Add to your enjoyment and comprehension by also listening to the the fine audiobook from David Clarke. He narrates in his native British Accent, and gives you all the accents--Spanish, French, Italian, Greek, etc; Just when you think the book is too long, it starts to feel all too short! The intro has some interesting notes about the various translations made since the original came out.

I had fairly high hopes for this story when I started it, and was not disappointed. Yes, it got slow at certain points, but I think it was worth it for the suspense that came later in the book, wrapped up in both the mystery of the Count of Monte Cristo's plans and the unexpected turns which they take - some not even foreseen by the Count, that remarkable man. The ending was not as I expected, better in some ways and worse in others (for the characters, that is). Anyway, I recommend it if you like some or all of the following: old books, long books, suspense, revenge, mystery, rags-to-riches stories, and knowing more than (most of) the characters.

Mar 24, 2017

I read this "classic" every three to four years and never tire of it. I seem to find something that I missed in all previous readings.

Aug 24, 2016

**Warning! Plot spoiler ahead!**

Set against the political backdrop of pre-revolutionary France, the Count of Monte Cristo is an epic, but fast paced novel. The story starts with Edmond Dantes; a hard working, honest and somewhat naive young man who is just starting in life. In fact, his start in life is going so well that he incites the jealousy of some people he had felt were his friends. These jealous men plot against Edmond and, on the day of his wedding, he is arrested and imprisoned unjustly for 14 years. He is kept in a solitary dungeon cell for many years before the man in the next cell digs his way into Edmond’s cell by accident. His new friend, Abbe Faria, teaches Edmond about science, art, language and more. Furthermore, Abbe Faria discloses the location of a great treasure to Edmond. When Abbe Faria dies, Edmond escapes by trading places with his dead body and being thrown into the sea. His plunge in the sea is like a baptism; his old life is now dead, he emerges through trial and storm with God’s grace into a new life.

Years after his escape, Edmond has claimed the treasure and transformed himself into the enigmatic Count of Monte Cristo, intent on revenge on those who had wronged him and rewards to those who had tried to help him. Through the middle portion of the book the Count seems all knowing and unstoppable. Then, connections and complications beyond his control begin to interfere with his plans. He is nearly killed in a dual, only saved by the reversal of his opponent. He nearly kills the lover of one whom he would wish to reward. The Count, so bold and full of self righteous wrath, begins to learn he is but a man after all and not the avenging angel of God.

The novel is long, and yet fast paced. The action is largely related to the reader through dialog, helping to keep the reading interesting. The dialog is vivid, romantic, figurative and highly detailed. Dumas’ vivid descriptions bring to life Rome, Paris and even the romantic ideal of Orientalism. This novel was originally published as a serial, divided into 18 parts. As I read, I imagine likely places for the author to leave the reader, anxious for the next installment. I highly recommend this novel even to those who, like me, are wary of classics. Read it, you won’t be disappointed.

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whiteshadow13 Feb 22, 2012

Edmund Dantes, unjustly convicted of aiding the exiled Napoleon, escapes after fourteen years of imprisonment and seeks revenge in Paris.

Nov 18, 2009

Edmond Dantes, an intelligent, hard-working, gentle young man with a bright future ahead of him is falsely accused of treason by men whose motivations are power, greed, lust, and envy. After fantastically escaping prison after fourteen years, Dantes recovers an enormous treasure and begins his new life as the Count of Monte Cristo. The sole motivation of the Count is to revenge himself upon the people who ruined his life. What makes this story so brilliant? Firstly, the way Duams tells this story is wonderful; secondly, instead of making up charges or reasons to hurt these men (like they had done to him), he lets their own sins and hidden pasts destroy them. One of the tightest, best-worked plots I have ever come across.


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