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Reading the abridged version of any book is like eating the microwavable version of any meal. Absolutely get the full version.(less)
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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 ...more
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 ...more
Seriously, this was an awesome book. I am not a big fan of the Classics ...more
ALL THE FREAKING FEELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I never in a million years would have thought I would love this book! I never thought I would like something like this book. I never thought I would fall in love with Dantes! I never thought I would have so much anger, sadness, despair and happiness in this book! I never thought, did I!
Edmond Dantes was a wonderful man of 19-years-old. He had a woman he loved and was going to marry named ...more
This is what happens to the young Edmond Dantes whe ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
What it is--is everything. What starts as a thriller, becomes a Game of Thrones-style soap opera, and finishes as a murder mystery. It's a revenge story, in theory, but more than anything it's about love. It's really an existential coming-of-age for ...more
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 a ...more
لان بداخل كل منا ادموند و الكونت معا ..كل منا تتبلور شخصيته الأصلية قبل العشرين ثم تسحقك الدنيا بكل الأشكال ...لتنبعث شخصيتك الأخرى من الرماد
من بين 36حبكة درامية تستهويني حبكة الانتقام...منذ البداية نشات علاقة توحد غريبة بين فتاة في سن19من الشرق تنتمي لنهاية القرن العشرين..وفتى في سن 19 من الغرب ينتمي لمطلع القرن 19 .. لا يجمع بيننا الا سن19 و لكن فيما بعد فهمت!! ا
ففي فترة ما من حياتك ستجد إنك سجين لشيء ما لمدة 14او 11سنة انت الا ...more
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 ...more
― 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 ...more
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...more
“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes."Sometimes I just feel like going back to a great classic, who doesn't love them? The Count of Monte Cristo is everything that I wished for when I decided to revisit it: it's a tragedy, a story of lost love, a psychological thriller, but it's above all a revenge novel. Alexandre Dumas' s masterpiece is not to be missed!
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"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 ...more
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 ...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 ...more
Ultimately, I’m really glad I did the audio version of this book. I don’t think I could have finished it otherwise. I previously got about 1/3 of the way through this book when I tried reading it in high school, but it defeated me then. The beginning 20% or so ...more
Imaginemos esto: Estas en la flor de tu vida, parece que la fortuna te sonríe. Te ascienden en tu trabajo, vas a casarte con una encantadora mujer que, suerte la tuya, te ama, parece que te espera una prosperá y normal existencia, hasta que intempestivamente todo cambia y te envían a pudrirte en vida ...more
Unless you are a former cave dweller you are pr ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more