The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

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The epic tale of wrongful imprisonment, adventure and revenge, in its definitive translation

Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantès is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to use the treasure to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas' epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first serialized in the 1840s.

Translated with an Introduction by ROBIN BUSS

Publisher: New York : Penguin Classics, 2012.
ISBN: 9780140449266
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: xxviii, 1276 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Buss, Robin


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SLPL_Buder Mar 23, 2020

Alexandre Dumas (pere) wrote 277 plays and novels over the course of his career.

Revenge is a dish best served cold. By a butler that also stabs you in the back and whispers "Edmond Dante sends his regards". That doesn't actually happen in The Count of Monte Cristo, but it COULD. And it essentially happened in...

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Oct 16, 2019

This main character is wishy washy, one minute he thinks God has saved him and 5 minutes later after something bad happens, and by the way "the bad things that happen" can include imprisonment or just a papercut seemingly and then he's crying "WHY???!!! Whyy? God has forsaken me!!". I read this book to hear a classic tale of honor, love, sword fights and revenge. It's just a guy crying for half the book and then the book just keep on going on and on without getting to much plot. This is a classic story, just the way it's written doesn't work for me. And the protagonist didn't get me invested in much.

Oct 13, 2019

Best final chapter ever!

Oct 05, 2019

The very best of literature. From the very beginning you are apart of the joys and misery. Carefully crafted, this story unfolds like no other. The movies will be a sore disappointment having read the novel.

May 31, 2019

Great book. The best of Dumas, very long and very entertaining.

For those of you overlooking Dumas’ masterpiece because it’s one of those “old, boring classic” books, rethink your decision! Dumas was the literary world’s first master storyteller. He practically invented the action/adventure genre. This book is fast paced and fascinating. Adventure, intrigue, romance, treasure, betrayal, great characters, and of course, the most famous revenge story ever told. Time to revisit the classic section and check this out! (submitted by VG)

Oct 15, 2018

cold blooded revenge and wind of thin hope +++

This one is the best of his writing, full of jealousy and manipulation. Perhaps the
darkest of his adventures.

Sep 22, 2018

cold blooded revenge and wind of thin hope

Aug 31, 2018

I love this book ! This is one of my favorite books along with Les Miserable . This book is pretty long , but I finished it within 5 days and boy they were the most exciting days of my life . I loved how all the little bits in the beginning form an EPIC conclusion ! I don't know how Dumas did it , but I loved it and I highly recommend it.

Aug 04, 2018

I was hesitant to read the novel because it is so lengthy, and I, of course, saw the movie. What a huge mistake that would have been. The movie should be renamed "The Abridged Cousin of Monte Cristo." In reality, it wasn't even that close. A novel that is well worth reading. "Wait and Hope"

LPL_EliH Jun 30, 2018

As others have noted-- and it's also apparent if you've ever seen it in person--this book is a monster. Fittingly, cracking it open is like being thrown overboard into an ocean of small point text and an excess of archaic French naming conventions. I spent an entire summer reading it; sometimes I think about how many other standard novels I could have read instead, but I've never regretted it. There are some weaker side arcs throughout, but the saga of Edmond Dantes and his quest for love and revenge is so worth it if you can stick in there. It feels like binging a 10 season long TV show with a perfect ending.

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whiteshadow13 Feb 22, 2012

Edmund Dantes, unjustly convicted of aiding the exiled Napoleon, escapes after fourteen years of imprisonment and seeks revenge in Paris.

Nov 18, 2009

Edmond Dantes, an intelligent, hard-working, gentle young man with a bright future ahead of him is falsely accused of treason by men whose motivations are power, greed, lust, and envy. After fantastically escaping prison after fourteen years, Dantes recovers an enormous treasure and begins his new life as the Count of Monte Cristo. The sole motivation of the Count is to revenge himself upon the people who ruined his life. What makes this story so brilliant? Firstly, the way Duams tells this story is wonderful; secondly, instead of making up charges or reasons to hurt these men (like they had done to him), he lets their own sins and hidden pasts destroy them. One of the tightest, best-worked plots I have ever come across.


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