|Considered one of Dumas' most beloved novels and one of the best-selling works of its day, The Count of Monte Cristo is an expansive adventure novel with a huge cast of characters, all revolving around the young sailor Edmond Dant s. Wrongfully accused of aiding the exiled Napoleon, Dant s is arrested on the day of his wedding and imprisoned on the island prison, Chateau d'If. He survives years of cramped confinement and eventually befriends another prisoner, an Italian who knows the location of a treasure: the island of Monte Cristo. After an intrepid escape, Dant s utilizes his new fortune to extract revenge from his enemies, pursuing those who imprisoned him to a bitter end for all concerned. An ageless tale with a remarkable amount of endurance, mercy, courage, and hope, The Count of Monte Cristo endures as one of the nineteenth century's classics of literature.|
Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything. He is engaged to a beautiful woman, is about to become the captain of a ship, and is well liked by almost everyone. But his perfect life is shattered when he is framed by a jealous rival and thrown into a dark prison cell for 14 years.The greatest tale of betrayal, adventure, and revenge ever written, The Count of Monte Cristo continues to dazzle readers with its thrilling and memorable scenes, including Dantès's miraculous escape from prison, his amazing discovery of a vast hidden treasure, and his transformation into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo-a man whose astonishing thirst for vengeance is as cruel as it is just.
For use in schools and libraries only. Edmund Dantes, unjustly convicted of aiding the exiled Napoleon, escapes after 14 years of imprisonment and seeks his revenge in Paris.
The story of Edmund Dantes, self-styled Count of Monte Cristo, is told with consummate skill. The victim of a miscarriage of justice, Dantes is fired by a desire for retribution and empowered by a stroke of providence. In his campaign of vengeance, he becomes an anonymous agent of fate.
Translation of: Le comte de Monte Cristo.
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Average review score based on 19 user reviews
If you think you know The Count of Monte Cristo, think again. I thought I did. I've watched a series a couple of decades ago on TV. I enjoyed the story back then. I was reading world classics and thought I'll give The Count of Monte Cristo a try.
When I was looking for a copy to read I saw that there were several translations available. To choose the best translation I read quite a bit of the reviews. In one, the reviewer (who also read the original French and several English translations) suggested that the best translation is done by Robin Buss. Turns out until Robin Buss all the translations were done when the book first came out. Meaning the English translators of the time actually butchered the original story and rewrote it to the extent of changing the number of villains to one character from the original three, turning it into a mildly interesting childish story to spare Victorian English sensibilities. When I read this book (Robin Buss's translation) I was blown away. The content, though it may not be all that sensational these days, is considerably daring for the 1800's. I don't want to give away too much, but among subjects touched (that have been cut off by Victorians) are drug use, same sex relationship, and serial killing.
After reading this book I have a better understanding to why Dumas was the most popular French writer of his time. The story is interesting full of action, mystery, and excitement. It is compelling. The 1400+ pages of reading just flows by (partly due to Buss's abilities as a translator and the more modern English used) leaving you wanting more. I've read it in 10 days, nonstop. And amazingly at the end there is a moral to the story. :)
If you are going to read the Count of Monte Cristo please opt for a modern translation and an unabridged copy. There is definitely noting to cut off from the original story. Anything missing would just be a loss.
After having read all of Dumas' "Musketeer" novels and thoroughly enjoying the "Monte Cristo" movie, I decided to take a stab at reading the full novel. It's a long read, but it managed to keep me turning the pages until I hit the back cover, wishing it was longer. This book has EVERYTHING: Love, loss, hate, betrayal, redemption, action, conspiracy, politics, repentance, forgiveness, and more.
Most published versions of this novel come abridged, which is why I went out of my way to find this Penguin Classics unabridged edition. Again, it's a long read, but it's worth it by far.
If you like this one, I recommend Dumas' classic "Musketeer" series.
Fantastic book, read it because I really liked the movie. I'd almost have to say they are two different stories involving the some of the same characters. Kept me reading for hours. Edmond's plotting and scheming to get his revenge comes through much better in the book. Highly Recommended!
Simply one of the best books ever written.
Here in Norway I've only found the short version of the book (3-400 pages long) so when I saw this I just had to have it.
Read the book, never mind the movie with the same title, that was a disappointing compared to the book.
One of the best stories about revenge, with love and politics thrown in, a must read for everyone. WHile it is long and weaving in the begining it sets the stage for the 2nd half which I could not put down. THere have been amy movies made fo this story, but you have to read the book first, as the movies condense it.