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The Count of Monte Cristo
A popular bestseller since its publication in 1844, The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the great page-turning thrillers of all time. Set against the tumultuous years of the post-Napoleonic era, Alexandre Dumas’s grand historical romance recounts the swashbuckling adventures of Edmond Dantès, a dashing young sailor falsely accused of treas ...more
Reading the abridged version of any book is like eating the microwavable version of any meal. Absolutely get the full version.(less)
The greatness of this book can be illustrated by the following simple equations:
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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
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 ...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
This is what happens to the young Edmond ...more
Seriously, this was an awesome book. I am not a big fan of the Classics ...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 الاخر. ...more
I enjoyed it. I did not like it quite as much as some of the other big classics I have read, but it was very good. The two things that brought it down a bit for me were:
- It felt a bit more drawn out than it needed to be. At a couple of points I was ready for Dumas to get to the point.
- Some of the plot was very convoluted. While this did lend itself well to the Count's intricate plotting, I would occasionally get to a chapter and say, "Wait, what!?" A f ...more
My initial thoughts while staring at this behemoth of a novel were 1) I am going to be reading something very, very descriptive like Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, 2) it is going to take me forever to finish, and 3) I don't think I am ready for this novel, but I am going to start it anyways. Let me state that I LOVE Victor Hugo's work. I think his writing style is beautiful and very poetic, but drawn out. He could probably desc ...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
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
I finally finished! I feel like I’ve been reading this forever. Not because I didn’t like it, of course. Au contraire, I loved it! It’s a wonderful book, and definitely deserves it’s status as a classic. But it was dense and intricate and long, and wasn’t a book to be sped through. This tome is meant to be savored, and savor it I did. The Count of Monte Cristo is without a doubt the best tale of vengeance I’ve ever read, and one of the most intricately plotted books I’ve e ...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
The Count of Monte Cristo (French: Le Comte de Monte-Cristo) is an adventure novel by French author Alexandre Dumas (père) completed in 1844. It is one of the author's most popular works, along with The Three Musketeers. The Count of Monte Cristo begins just before the Hundred Days period (when Napoleon returned to power after his exile). The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book, an adventure story prima ...more
"How on earth are we going to get students to concentrate on learning?" That was my colleague's frustrated question some days ago. "They are just so easily distracted, spoon-fed entertainment all the time. Where do we find time and place for them to absorb the knowledge they need to become persevering, educated, focused and determined grown-ups?"
My spontaneo ...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
Finishing this tome was a real challenge as you get to know within few chapte ...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
PERFECTION. THE END.
Is it at all possible to get this excited!??
HELLO, DEAREST BOOKWORMS, THIS IS A GOOD DAY!
Ever had a book - that one book - that’s stuck with you since the moment you read it? The one that holds a special place in your heart?
I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to finally re-read -yet again- one of my all-time favourite books and the excitement is getting too much. Seriously, I think I'm going to be sick.
I know a re-read doesn’t sound that exciting but this is a boo ...more
I mean, who doesn't love a GOOD revenge story, right? Alas, it's a lot more than just that! At 1200 pages, don't you think it ought to be? :)
I'll skip a breakdown of the plot because a ton of people will already have done this or watched some version on TV, but since I have also never watched a movie of this, I cannot say how well they do.
I CAN, however, say that I was never bored. Not once. From conspiracy and intrigue, the hope of a ...more
"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
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
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
“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 ...more
- ظلم، فعذاب فإنتقام مروّع بكل ذكاء وتخطيط عالي الدقة، فوقفة مع الذات ثم خلاصة احداث قد تلخص الحياة ذاتها " قل للملاك التي ستشاركك حياتك ان تصلي بين حين وآخر من اجل رجل حسب نفسه - كما فعل ابليس من قبل - في مرتبة الله، لكنه يعترف الآن في خشوع ومذلة ان الله وحده هو الذي يملك الإرادة العليا والحكمة اللانهائية"...
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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