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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
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Oct 30, 2011

really liked it
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Read from June 04 to 15, 2012

A high 4 stars or a low 5 stars - your choice. I thought about 750 pages were 5 stars, 350 pages were 4 stars, leaving another 150 pages something less. Yes, it's very long.

Do I need to say this is a plot-driven novel? With the exception of the title character, this one is short on well-developed characters. (There are many characters, most of which are only one- or two-dimensional.) It's an excellent plot, however, with several rather involved threads to follow. What I thought Dumas did best was to paint his scenes. Right from the very first it felt as if he knew his story was going to made into a movie. Of course that was impossible as even photography was in its very infancy when he penned this one.

I will be happy to read more Dumas.
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Laura You enjoying? This is an all-time favorite of mine.

Elizabeth (Alaska) Laura wrote: "You enjoying? This is an all-time favorite of mine."

It's wonderful!

Laura YAY! :D So glad to hear it. It's a long book that you never want to end.

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Maria I've never read this. Maybe now I will! Good review, Elizabeth.

Elizabeth (Alaska) One of the things I did not include in my review was that I read it on the Kindle, where the footnotes are easily accessed. I know little about the years following the French Revolution, and the footnotes really helped me understand some of the politics of this. Politics plays a basis for the beginning.

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Maria That's a nice feature on the Kindle.

Laura Fabulous book, one of the best ever IMO. You tore through it!

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