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This captivating tale of betrayal, scheming and revenge is one of Alexandre Dumas's most popular novels. Thrown in prison for a crime he did not commit, the young Edmond Dants has a lot of time to contemplate fitting revenge plans for the aristocratic villains that jealously ruined his glittering future. When he finally emerges prison 14 years later, he is a man transforme ...more
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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
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin

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!

*********SOME SPOILERS**********

Edmond Dantes was a wonderful man of 19-years-old. He had a woman he loved and was going to marry named
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

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
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
Brian Yahn
Jul 20, 2016 Brian Yahn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is long. Everything about it feels long--from the words, to the sentences, to the scenes. Given that it was serially published and Dumas therefore made his money by the word, it's obvious why. But trust me, this story is NOT a waste of time.

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
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
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
“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!

Some o
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
Sep 18, 2016 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I decided in January to spend a year reading classics that I never wanted to read. I joined a classics reading group and carefully chose books that I thought I would like, and am thrilled to say that I have read some wonderful stories. I gave books like East of Eden, Wuthering Heights, The Odyssey, and The Master and Margarita a solid 4 stars because I thought they were fantastic. I gave books like Hamlet, Bleak House, and The Idiot 5 stars because they are those rare books that change lives. Th ...more
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.
Oct 12, 2016 Nayra.Hassan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
منذ صباك ستنجذب له مهما كنت تراه مبتذلا ..هل تساءلت ابدا لماذا؟
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 الاخ
Scarlet Cameo
Dec 02, 2015 Scarlet Cameo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: rc-15
"El hombre no ha nacido para ser féliz con tanta facilidad. La dicha es como esos palacios de las islas encantadas, cuyas puertas guardan formidables dragones; preciso es combatir para conquistar."

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
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
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
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
Cait Poytress
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."

Maria Bikaki
το παιδί τελειώνει τον Κόμη Μοντεχρίστο, κλείνει το βιβλίο και βάζει τα κλάματα. Η μητέρα του το ρωτάει γιατί κλαίει και εκείνο απαντάει : "Δεν ήθελα να τελειώσει".
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
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
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
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
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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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