The Count of Monte Cristo
For nineteen-year-old Edmond Dantes, life is sweet. Soon to be captain of his own sip, he is also about to be married to his true love, Mercedes. But suddenly everything turns sour. On the joyous day of his wedding he is arrested andwithout a fair trialcondemned to solitary confinement in the miserable Chateau d'If! The charges? Faked! Edmond has been framed by a handful...more
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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
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
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
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...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
Seriously, this was an awesome book. I am not a big fan of the Classics...more
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...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
I came across Dumas first when I was in high school or Jr. high (I don't suppose that term is used anymore is it? Jr. high was 7th and 8th grade). No it wasn't required reading, it was an old copy of The Three Musketeers I found at my Grandmother's. Since then I've read other of his works and like a lot of people I had to learn that the "...more
No, no.. Un passo indietro, và.
Di solito prima c'è quello strano silenzio immobile, si è intontiti e tutto sembra inverosimile. Poi, almeno nel mio caso, si sorride come inebetiti. E poi c'è quella gratitudine, più profond...more
- 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...more
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...more
Non lasciatevi spaventare dalla mole, né dal secolo in cui è stato scritto.
Questo è un romanzo che potrete portarvi a letto, sotto l’ombrellone, sulla tazza del wc, spaparanzati nella vostra poltrona preferita. Un romanzo dal nome altisonante che potrete sfoggiare con orgoglio sul tram, in una sala d’aspetto, su una panchina del parco.
Dumas è senza dubbio il genio dei romanzi d’appendice. Se questi erano i f...more
I think fiction that inspires me to do some research is most awesomely awesome.
Most importantly, though, we have a damn good story here. As an English teacher, I am compelled to come up with a theme, and I'd have to say it is that what goes around, comes around. If you ruin an...more
So, okay, sometimes intentionally or not we make an awful, rash, bad, or wrong decisions. Decisions we pretty much recognize we're going to grieve over afterwards (sooner or later)
Once in a blue moon, something deep down inside us decides to conduct an unwise and brainless thing, a thing we conscioulsy aware will doubtless turn around and kick us in the ass! yet we do it anyway...
What I'm trying to say to say is..
We reap what we sow.
What comes around goes arou...more
The classic French novel, The Count of Monte Cristo was written by Alexandre Dumas. The setting of The Count of Monte Cristo is very important as the politics of the day greatly affect the plot. It takes place primarily in France after the exile of the former emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte. The novel begins in 1815 with Napoleon exiled to Elba and continues through the years after his failed revolution to1844.
The protagonist of The Count of Monte Cristo...more
Kita menuai apa yang kita tanam. Pepatah tersebut terasa lekat dalam novel ini. Cerita mengisahkan tentang seorang pelaut muda yang jujur, berani, dan penuh semangat bernama Edmon Dantes. Di usia 19 tahun, ia akan segera menikahi kekasih cantiknya,...more
I’ll give it four stars though. Why? Because compared to other classics the count of Monte Cristo was a gre...more
Gérard Depardieu (1998), James Caviezel (2002), Emily VanCamp (2011)
★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Okay, it took me over three months to listen to this classic, that was very well narrated by Englishman Richard Matthews, who speaks French with aplomb. So much so, that his narration kicked it up a notch (from three ★ to four). I could NOT have gotten through it without him. Still, I must admit, I used ever form of med...more
Dans un premier temps, mon intention était de commencer ces notes de lecture avec une liste malicieuse des gaucheries stylistiques qui m’ont déterminé de sanctionner chacun des trois premiers volumes avec deux étoiles.
Je me suis ravisée. Tout d’un coup, je me suis rendu compte que ce n’est pas malgré ces imperfections que j...more
Having read it before doesn't make it shine less, on the contrary, I loved it even more. I don't think it is a book about vengeance; it has more of hope than vengeance. Is hope that keeps Dantès alive, even if to get back at those who done him wrong, in Château d'If. Is hope of making bad things good that moves his vengeance.
This is the story of Ed...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 h...more