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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
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Feb 09, 08

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Read in January, 2008

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, really - I usually get very bored very quickly with them, especially the Russians. I don't know if it's the characters I can't relate to, or the writing that puts me off, but I try to get through them and my interest drops off abruptly. Especially the Russians. God save me from the Russians.

But this? This was 1200 pages of concentrated awesome. A grand, intricate story of vengeance - and I do love my revenge stories - that I will definitely read again. And watching V For Vendetta is a lot more fun....
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Becky I'm currently reading this (and enjoying it just as much as you did!) and every time I visit the page I have to read your review.

It makes my day every time.

Just thought I'd share. :)


Chris Becky wrote: "I'm currently reading this (and enjoying it just as much as you did!) and every time I visit the page I have to read your review.

It makes my day every time.

Just thought I'd share. :)"


Thank you! That certainly means a lot. *smile*




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I am totally with you on that Chris; I too wonder why this was never on the reading list at school??

Where are the television people; this book should be a mini series!


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I am totally with you on that Chris; I too wonder why this was never on the reading list at school??

Where are the television people; this book should be a mini series!


Falco_rules Well, Chris, I don't intend to dis your fine review, but you can hardly expect your teacher to advocate a French novel in a course about English literature.


Chris Falco_rules wrote: "Well, Chris, I don't intend to dis your fine review, but you can hardly expect your teacher to advocate a French novel in a course about English literature."

Good point, good point. But high school English probably has less strict concern about such dithering little points such as what language the book may or may not have been written in.... *grin*


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willaful Isn't it great? My husband turned me on to it. We're both dying to see the old movie version that doesn't seem to have made it to DVD yet.


seton By far my favorite Dumas pere. The Robert Donat version is good but I prefer the Guy Pearce version. Mostly because I always want Ronald Coleman in any role that Donat is in (except for Goodbye Mr Chips).


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Ali I'm currently reading this book for my english class. I find myself wanting to read it start to finnish, but I know i have to pace myself so i don't spoil the book for the others in my class.


message 10: by Cara (new) - rated it 5 stars

Cara This book isn't on reading lists for highschools most likely due to it being a classic. It's true that it would go over many people's heads and pretty much be wasted time and would probably cause a revolt amongst teens. Some things are just too complex for the average teenager. I myself love it and am very grateful to my cousin for recommending it.


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Ali ...I'm in highschool.


Courtney I did read this in high school and have loved it ever since, unabridged, of course.


Maroosh Qazi I think there is a french mini series starring Gerard Depardieu. Although I think Guy Pierce suits the charming nature of the count and the fact that in the book it is indicated that count looks young for his age, Gerard seems a bit too old. However I love the storyline of the french version as opposed to the 2002 movie which i thought just ruined the image of the book. I mean seriously, why would you make albert count's son and indicate that count and mercedes slept together. that just ruins the purity of their relationship.


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H There's actually a Spanish film version if you're interested.


Dianna most 9th graders would die before they read a novel this long.


Cmjustic Yeah, I actually teach 9th grade and last week one of my kids asked if France was a real country or not. It's gonna be a long semester.


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Deb Hello everyone...please never watch a movie version of this book and think it actually follows the book. Well here goes...I teach literature to 8th graders. Normally I would never suggest this for its grade level of even above, however I teach literature differently than most teachers. I never assign reading; I do all of the reading aloud in class. I can guide them into seeing all of the intrigues, themes, inferences, foreshadowing, and everything this most fabulous classic has to offer. Otherwise most wouldn't get it and would hate it. They were so into it that they begged me to read to them during comp class , too. We read the last page and other was dead silence. Then one student spoke up and said, "Now what do we do?" " Now" should be italicized. I did use the Bantam abridged, the only abridged that follows the unabridged faithfully. They will all, without a doubt read the unabridged. I will say that if a teacher loves a book, he or she can guide students to love it, but read to them! I practically perform a book. Yes, it took us about 8 weeks, but who cares? Teaching literature is not about how many books you can read in a year. I do step down a notch after a heavy one. This year we read Watership Down as an opener. I could guarantee that most would have trashed that after a few pages and read Spark Notes. They loved it! Please forgive me; I don't mean to present myself as better than any other teacher. It is the method of teaching this book that I hope you teachers will try. Disclaimer: this probably has typos...and incorrect use of ellipses. Oh, well.


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Deb Yep, typos. "This grade level" "or even above" "there was dead silence" Sorry; I am typing on my Kindle and there doesn't seem to be a way to easily go back over the whole thing.


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Saturnberry I felt the same way about "Three Men in a Boat" by Jerome K Jerome! They made us read "the scarlet letter"??? Ugh!


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Saturnberry I felt the same way about "Three Men in a Boat" by Jerome K Jerome! They made us read "the scarlet letter"??? Ugh!


Dianna I really loved the scarlet letter-but I think everyone should just skip over the posting house section of the book-it doesn't matter, it contributes nothing to the story. Three men in a boat is awesome. Deb, I totally do the same thing too-but I get so sick of reading the same damn book five times a day.


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Doug Fennema Read the unabridged version in 1953. Age 11. Ike was Prez.

Just read it again last month. Age 72. Obama is Prez.

But no matter. it was just as good the 2nd time!

A classic for the ages.


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Doug Fennema BTW, the first reading in 1953 took me a month.

I just finished the unabridged 1240 page Robin Buss translation in 12 days.

A wonderful experience and a great accomplishment by Dumas and Maquet.

If you don't find God in this book, you'll never find him.


Dylan Bredeau I feel that the people on here who say that this book would go over a high schooler's head are either trying to be demeaning or just didn't have the dedication to read such a lengthy book themselves at that age. It certainly is long, which is why I can see assigning it in high school as a bad idea, but during the day it was pretty much the equivalent of the serial dramas that are becoming so overwhelmingly popular today. Breaking Bad has multiple homages to The Count, and follows the same formula of having one cohesive story arc that all of the episodes fall under with the length being decided organically as the story unfolds. The Count was originally published in little chaps that were released sequentially instead of all at once, which if anything allowed it to be more accessible to the masses who hadn't the time to read a novel all at once; certainly there are a huge amount of intricacies within the story to keep one thinking, but not so much as to confuse the average reader


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