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Revenge at all cost!

A young sailor returns home from a dangerous voyage. His father and his sweetheart are waiting for him. But an act of jealous treachery changes his life forever!

An unexpected meeting changes everything and the man who was once an unknown sailor emerges as The Count of Monte Cristo, mysterious, rich, and powerful enough to take the ultimate revenge again
Hardcover, Abridged, 608 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Barnes & Noble Classics (first published 1844)
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Revenge is a dish best served cold. And unabridged. And translated from the French by Robin Buss.

The greatness of this book can be illustrated by the following simple equations:

( count-von-count-sesame-street + monte cristo) < cover

Whereas, the majesty of the Count of Counting added to the deliciousness of a Monte Cristo sandwich from Bennigans still does not overmatch the inherent kickass value of the Dumas novel [which is, it can therefore be said, greater than the sum of its parts, both obsessive-compulsive (The Count) and mouth-wat
Apr 18, 2010 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: dumas-et-al
** Spoiler alert**

First, make sure you find a copy that is unabridged. Most editions in English ARE abridged, but usually don't say they are. Not sure if this Penguin edition is, it's not the one i read.
Readers generally think of this as a tale of revenge. For me, it was much deeper. I'm not a religious person at all, but for me this is a book that makes you question the existence of God or a god. Edmond Dantes is without flaw, a truly good person, and his life is ruined because a) others envy
Feb 09, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Why did no one tell me about this book? I mean seriously, I was about a hundred pages in and I wanted to go find my freshman high school English teacher and inflict terrible, intricate revenge on her for depriving me of a great book. I figured first I could assume a new identity, perhaps insinuating myself into her life. I'd make her trust me and put all her faith in me, and then I would UTTERLY CRUSH HER!!! MWAH-HA-HA-HA!!!!

Seriously, this was an awesome book. I am not a big fan of the Classics

They don't write novels like this anymore. That's because they make television drama series and soap operas instead. To my mind, this novel is the 19th Century equivalent of a long-running and compelling television series. I can readily imagine being a reader of the Journal des Débats between August 1844 and January 1846, impatiently waiting for the next installment of Le Comte de Monte Cristo to be published, eagerly discussing each installment with my friends around the 19th Century equivalent
Emily May
Picture this: you are nineteen years old with your whole life ahead of you, you've just been offered the job of your dreams, and you're about to marry the person you've loved since childhood... when suddenly a couple of jealous men decide to frame you as a Bonapartist (a crime which was punished by death or life imprisonment) and have you sent away to rot in an island prison. Let's just say you'd be feeling a touch bitter about the whole ordeal.

This is what happens to the young Edmond Dantes whe
Every soap opera ever produced owes an enormous amount of debt to The Count of Monte Cristo, a sprawling, messy, over-the-top, gleefully melodramatic bitchslap fest.

In fact, I propose that the grandest of bitchslaps be henceforth referred to as a Monte Cristo Bitchslap because of the masterful manner in which Edmond Dantès delivers one colossal bitchslap after another to all who wronged him. And to those who wronged him by association? Thou shalt also receive a furious bitchslap! Clemency shall
May 19, 2008 J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What does it say about me as a critic when the best book I’ve read all year was first serialized in the 1840s? From start to finish thoroughly enjoyable, Alexandre Dumas’ 1200 page revenge epic The Count of Monte Cristo wastes little time in not thrusting the plot along, quite violently so at times, and includes within a brief, sketchy history of the return of Napoleon and his subsequent second defeat, a primer on hashish, and a proto-seed for the detective tale that would later blossom under Po ...more
Saoirse Sterling
Read as part of the #InfiniteVariety2016 Reading Challenge based on the BBC's Big Read poll.

I have spent the last few weeks-ever since finishing War and Peace-reading Modern Classics, of which genre I am rather new to and not at all enjoying as much as others have lead me to believe I would, and I have never felt a love for Classic Literature so deep within my heart as I did when I finished reading The Count of Monte Cristo. I still retain a hope that a Modern Classic that I enjoy as much as I d
5+ Stars. I do not know how to express the excellence of this amazing story! I do know I will never forget it, and that reading it as a buddy-read made it all the more enjoyable.(great powwow book)

DO NOT miss this remarkable novel. Highly recommend! (and bring on more Alexandre Dumas!)

Update: March 18, 2016

GOD WILL GIVE ME JUSTICE (carved into the wall in the 'memorable' prison scene)

Really enjoyed the 2002 version of the film with Jim Caviezel playing Edmond Dantes, and although the novel is

Richard Derus
Rating: 3.5* of five

The Book Report: .Edmond Dantès is truly on top of the world...he's handsome, young, successful, and about to marry a woman he loves. His boss promoted him, his lady-love's family beams approvingly at their wedding feast, and...

...the police arrive and arrest him for treason (this takes place in the Napoleonic War era, so this was a hot-button topic), he's sent to the Chateau d'If, tortured, held despite protestations if innocence, and finally escapes with the terminal assist

"Why read the classics?" asks Italo Calvino in an essay that I know about, but I haven't yet read. My own attempt at an answer is that they are the foundation our current culture and worldview are based on. In another approximate quote that right now I am unable to source correctly : we are able to look further into the world because we are standing on the shoulders of giants. Alexandre Dumas is one of these giants, often mischaracterized as a simple adventure peddler or as a young adult oriente
Apr 13, 2016 Apatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this novel at the beginning of February 2012 as I write today is 23rd June (same year) so that makes it about five months since I started reading about the life and times of M. Edmond Dantès, better known as caped crusading The Count of Monte Cristo or to his friends. A record breaking time for me, I almost gave up on the book at one point but cooler heads prevailed and some friends persuaded me to persevere. I am grateful to them.

Unless you are a former cave dweller you are pr
Like Edmond, pain can physically or emotionally harm a person for decades. Pain can sting and burn, just as it's done to me for the past few weeks and years; neuralgia pain sets my cranial nerves on fire, even as I've had to read and grade research essays from my students, and take them through midterms. Pain has lived by my nephew's bedside for the past weeks, as he tries to walk again, and overcome the bullet from a gunman who made his living robbing college students. Pain digs a gulf between ...more

Ahhh, life is good on my private island. It's nice and quiet. I've got my copy of The Count of Monte Cristoand a bottomless cup of refreshing water. Don't worry about me though, because if you look carefully, there is a hole on the island. But it isn't just a hole--it's a portal like the wardrobe in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe that leads to a cute little cabin in the woods with a library, a bathroom, and a huge comfortable bed. And enchiladas...lots of enchiladas. I guess Conor Larkin fr
I think I read this when I was in elementary school, so I don't remember most of the plot but all I know is that I LOVED this one A LOT at that time. I'll definitely re-read this in English and also buy the version of Penguin Classics for sure.
Jan 07, 2016 Nikoleta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Αυτό το βιβλίο άμα το παρατηρούσε κάνεις με κριτική ματιά, θα έβρισκε πολλά σφάλματα. Ο ήρωας έχει ικανότητες υπερήρωα. Μετά την απόδραση του από την φυλακή, του ήρθαν απίστευτα βολικά τα πάντα, σε βαθμό του τύπου ″έχω πουλήσει την ψυχή μου στον διάβολο για να πετύχω ότι ζητήσω". Ξέρει από πριν τι θα συμβεί σε κάθε περίσταση και έχει την ικανότητα να καθοδηγεί τα γεγονότα προς οποιαδήποτε κατεύθυνση με θεϊκή ακρίβεια. Κ φυσικά προβληματικό βρήκα και το μοτίβο της μεταμφίεσης. Ο ήρωας ντύθηκε αβά ...more
Dec 30, 2013 Evgeny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, favorites
There is not much I can say about this book which has not been said before. This book deserved a right to be called a literature classic, it also happened to be highly entertaining and very easy to read. Some very mild spoiler will follow, but if you already do not know what this book is about, you have been living under a rock.

A young man Edmond Dantès had it all: a good carrier, a great woman who was about to marry him, and a happy life to look forward to. Instead, his life was ruined by his
Mar 15, 2016 Darwin8u rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“All human wisdom is contained in these two words - Wait and Hope”
― Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo


One of those grand epics like Les Misérables and David Copperfield that does more than create a world the reader temporarily inhabits. This is a novel which creates a whole grand revenge myth. I would second Umberto Eco's take that this is one of the "most gripping novels ever written, and on the other hand one of the most badly written novels of all time and all literatures."

This is a
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
So one of the nice things Goodreads has done for me is bring me some really cool friends who inspire me to flex my brain a little harder and read more classics. And the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo, clocking in at over 1000 pages, is a monster of a classic.

I was familiar with the Count's story from seeing an old movie or two, but reading the book, of course, is a whole different level of experiencing it. The first part of the book filled me with dread as I waited for disaster
Mar 30, 2012 Terry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This is one of the books that I keep coming back to and re-reading whenever the urge strikes...and it strikes quite often; five times so far. Considering the sheer length of the book that might seem odd, but Dumas keeps things moving with his breakneck pace from the moment that poor Edmond Dantès is wrongly imprisoned by jealous rivals until the final consummation of his intricate plan of revenge.

Despite the speed at which Dumas keeps the plot moving, we are still treated to an in-depth story th
Jan 16, 2009 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Wow. This book was amazing.

I love well-written classics, and this one fits the bill perfectly. Granted, there were some discrepancies, mainly to do with time and ages (saying Mercedes had a portrait of herself done when she was 25 when she really would have been 32, etc), but if I had not been reading this edition, I probably would not have noticed those things. In any event, it did not detract from the story at all.

Pretty much everyone knows what The Count of Monte Cristo is about, so this is
In my opinion, The Count of Monte Cristo is a true Masterpiece! It's a classic novel, a very long one and the writing while excellent can be very heavy for some readers. But the is simply magnificent!

I love novels that take root in my mind and stay there. I always use my imagination and create my own scenario for them. The count's tale is exactly like that with so much potential! In my mind, Sometimes the story takes place in a fantasy world, sometimes I want it Steampunk style and so
Jul 29, 2010 Cait rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Over 3,000 people rated this book 1 star?! What... why... how...? To them I repeat what was once so eloquently stated in the timeless classic film Billy Madison: "I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."

Jason Koivu
I'm really starting to doubt that I've actually read this. Perhaps I've only heard about it so much that I feel like I've read it. And perhaps I'm only remembering that most excellent theatrical version I saw as performed by the great thespian Quincy Magoo.
Oct 11, 2011 Mariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jeremy Irons
Recommended to Mariel by: the candy bar
Celebrity Death Match.

One, two, three, four... Ohhh, my lady... I will ride in and rescue you, my sweeet laaady, let nothing happen to my sweet laddddy... Horse and carriage of fiiire, let me ride you like I'm your horse and your knight in shining armour... sweet, sweet, sweeeet! laaaaaady-

The three heroic heart throbs who inspire damsels to enter distress stop bumping and gyrating in choreographed rehearsed synchronicity. Athos sings "lady" a touch too long and is angry to be embarrassed and in
Feb 20, 2015 Tracey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, ahoy-there, 4-star
This = long. But it's a long book.

The spoiler-free short version: The Count of Monte Cristo is an extraordinary, long, complex (as in, takes a large chart to keep relationships straight) work with a very simple story idea: a young man is horribly wronged, emerges from prison with a new life and a vast fortune, and uses that plus his very good mind to wreak vengeance on the people who ruined his life. It's fantastic, in every meaning of the word; it's different from what I expected and from near
One of those books which you really should read the original, even though everyone knows the story from countless movie versions, etc. It's probably the best story of injustice and revenge ever told.

2012 Reread

Okay, really it's a first read, since I only read the abridged version as a child.

Mon dieu! This was 53 hours as an audiobook, guys! I listened to the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo in my car, and my commute isn't that long, so it took about two months.

Don't make fun of Di
Sep 30, 2011 Manny marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
For the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament, Les Trois Mousquetaires (31) versus The Count of Monte Cristo (15)

- Untie the prisoner. Edmond Dantès, the court is now in session.

- Hey! What kind of kangaroo court is this! And what are the charges anyway?

- Look, Dantès, we're all Dumas characters. Only one of us can progress to the next round, so it better be the cooler ones, right? We're charging you with being less cool than Les Trois Mousquetaires.

- I'm plenty cool! I'm...

- Yeah, yeah, we kn
Jun 30, 2008 Bakeshow rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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May 31, 2009 Madeline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-list
Finally finished it, after having to search for a fully unabridged copy. I can understand why there are so many chopped versions of this, because the book is just so damn long, but at the same time I wish they wouldn't. Yes, there's a lot of stuff going on in this book, but everything is vital to the plot. Every single character has a backstory that comes into play at some point in the story, and Dumas expects his readers to remember everything. This can be challenging at times (several times a ...more
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This note regards Alexandre Dumas, père, the father of Alexandre Dumas, fils (son). For the son, see Alexandre Dumas.

Alexandre Dumas, père (French for "father", akin to Senior in English), born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie, was a French writer, best known for his numerous historical novels of high adventure which have made him one of the most widely read French authors in the world. Many of his no
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