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El Conde de Montecristo (The Count of Monte Cristo)

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This is an electronic edition of the complete book complemented by author biography. This book features a table of contents linked to every chapter. The book was designed for optimal navigation on the eReaders, PDA, Smartphone, and other electronic readers. It is formatted to display on all electronic devices including the eReaders, Smartphones and other Mobile Devices wit

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Published January 1st 2010 by MobileReference (first published 1844)
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Stacey I think it depends on the age of the teen. 17 or 18 maybe, but 13 maybe not. I am a little over half way through the book and so far haven't found…moreI think it depends on the age of the teen. 17 or 18 maybe, but 13 maybe not. I am a little over half way through the book and so far haven't found anything too racy. However there is a chapter where the Count provides a companion, Franz with an hallucinogenic drug and he has a questionable dream about 3 female statues. There is no detail here though; no explicit descriptions, just more suggestions of something. Also, there is a band of bandits who violate (and that is how they reference it) a young woman. There is also a scene where the Count, Albert & Franz are witnesses at an execution via the guillotine. The scene itself along with the Count telling stories, are all sort of gory.(less)
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Joel
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...more
Cynthia
Apr 18, 2010 Cynthia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Chris
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...more
Kim

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
J
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
Joe
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...more
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...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
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...more
Flannery


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
Killer Rabbit
What should you do when Fate spits in your eye?
A worthy soul would probably manage to wipe away the spittle and turn the other cheek. But I am not a worthy soul. When Edmond Dantès was wronged by the man who coveted his woman, I craved revenge and retribution in the name of my wronged friend...

But of course, that is how far too many terrible deeds have been rationalized throughout history. If we humans were smart, we'd stop messing with the other guy, because an enemy is forever. *sigh*

But I lov...more
Terry
Mar 30, 2012 Terry rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Mariel
Oct 11, 2011 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
K.D. Absolutely
Jul 07, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: TFG 100 Favorite Books
Overall, I like this book. It's an easy read. Although I haven't seen the movie, the story seemed so familiar. There was of course A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer that I read last year. The book follows the same plot as this but it was based on modern times. The original classic by Alexander Dumas (1802-1870) was serialized and got completed in 1844. This explains the episodic and rhythmic tempo in the storytelling (what I mean is that in almost every portion of the book, there seems to be...more
Evgeny
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...more
Bakeshow
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Manny
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...more
Gaijinmama
This is 1200 pages long and took me nearly four months to read but it was definitely worth the time. The characters are memorable, the language is brilliant, and the details of 19th-century European history are fascinating.
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
Jeannette
Wow! How do I go about reviewing a book like this one?

This is the first 1000+ page book that I have ever read. I tend to shy away from long books, because they are either very intimidating, with lots of names and exotic locales to untangle, or they really lag in the length of the telling. But, Dumas is an extraordinary storyteller. Each of the 117 chapters of the book is filled with either compelling action, or fascinating adventures, both through the physical world or the world of the mind of o...more
Tracey, librarian on strike
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...more
Becky
Jan 16, 2009 Becky rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Tadiana
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.
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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
Idle Hippo
Do you believe in karma?

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)
But still...
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
Cait
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."



Hope
There is something so comforting about a classic. I don’t know if it’s just me? But whenever I get my hands on a classic novel, I suddenly feel like I’m home in the world of books. This is where I grew to love stories, this is the place where I am completely content and I continue to read not simply because I must know what happens next--there’s something so slow and waltzing about a classic, no matter how deep and complex the plot--it’s because of how the words feel; soothing and contenting, li...more
Luana
“In quanto a voi, ecco tutto il segreto della condotta che ho tenuto verso voi: non vi è né felicità né infelicità in questo mondo, è soltanto il paragone di uno stato ad un altro, ecco tutto. Quegli solo che ha provato l’estremo dolore è atto a gustare la suprema felicità. Bisognava aver bramato la morte, per sapere quale bene è vivere. Vivete dunque e siate felici, figli prediletti del mio cuore, e non dimenticate mai che, fino al giorno in cui Iddio si degnerà di svelare all’uomo l’avvenire...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I enjoyed this one probably more than Dumas' other books. Just me of course. High adventure and drama, revenge and love (lost and otherwise). Dumas at his best.

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
Lisa Kay
Edmond Dantés, AKA: Robert Donat (1934), Richard Chamberlain (1975),
Gérard Depardieu (1998), James Caviezel (2002), Emily VanCamp (2011)

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★★★★☆ (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
Hana
The Count of Monte Cristo: Pictures at an Exhibition

This gallery of Rogues and Saints from the Count of Monte Cristo is viewed to advantage while listening to this classic fusion of Russian Romanticism and French Impressionism from Mussorgsky and Ravel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsvpFU...

"...a great change had overtaken Monte Cristo. Having reached the summit of his vengeance by the slow and torturous route that he had followed, he had looked over the far side of the mountain and into the...more
Whitaker
Recipe for a Dish of Revenge

Take three fat pigs, and let them stew in their own juices and corruption for about twenty years. While the flavours mature and ripen, prepare yourself by discovering several billion in treasure, learning several languages, sailing around the world, acquiring a fine knowledge of poisons, and otherwise learning everything you can about the three fat pigs.

Take one pig and skewer it through a sword of treachery and treason. Season it in the Turkish manner, preferably st...more
Robert Farwell
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 story of an Übermensch/Byronic hero and the grandfather of all revenge and psychological thriller novels. I re...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...more
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