The Count of Monte Cristo

Introduction by Lorenzo Carcaterra

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 days of the post-Napoleonic era, Alexandre Dumas ’ s grand historical romance recounts the swashbuckling adventures of Edmond Dantès, a resourceful young sailor falsely accused of treason. The tory of his long imprisonment, dramatic escape, and carefully wrought revenge offers up a vision of France that has become immortal. As Robert Louis Stevenson declared, “ I do not believe there is another volume extant where you can breathe the same unmingled atmosphere of romance. ”

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Published June 11th 2002 by Modern Library (first published 1844
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Le Comte de Monte-Cristo
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gave it

this tal is definitely in my top five favourite books of all time, but edmond dantés is the best characters i have ever read.

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While this did lend itself well to the Count 's intricate plotting, I would occasionally get to a chapter and say, " Wait, what!? " A few times I tried to reorient myself with chapter summaries online, but stopped after it became possibl to avoid spoilers.

The unabridged is great because it has everything as Dumas wanted it, but it does require quite a bit of commitment.Final judgement: A must for those who want to read all the classics, but probably a bit les for the causal reader.

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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.

That is, it is insufferably ridiculous but unbelievably enjoyable to watch unfold.After what can only be described as The Most Insane Jailbreak Ever, Dantès spends hundreds of pages brooding and carefully constructing the ruses under which his punishments can be delivered in gasp-worthy bitchslaps.

( view spoiler) [ Men murder their wives in cold blood over diamonds ( hide spoiler) ]!

If revenge is a dish best served cold, then the final three hundred pages of the book achieve Antarctic levels of chilliness.

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It brings in historical elements and combines them with a great set of fictional characters to make a very rich story.

There are parts that are sad and parts that are heartwarming and it all adds up to a great balance of the two.As for the second problem, it is my own personal taste that I love a good revenge story.

So when the " avenging angel " struck, I was right there with him.I think it says something when a 1200+ page novel does n't bore me for a econd, and The Count of Monte Cristo never once dragged as it took me through a plot spanning many years.

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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 ook.

MWAH-HA-HA-HA!!!! Seriously, this was an wesome book.

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Not sure if this Penguin edition is, it 's not the one i read.

The other question: Dantes spends much of his life after prison seeking the people who tossed into the oubliette — not to get revenge but to punish them.

But I do n't think he is ever able to know if he is just another man seeking to ruin other men, or if he is in fact the angel of god.

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