The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

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The Count of Monte Cristo , by Alexandre Dumas , is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics   series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics : New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.  

Dashing young Edmond Dant#65533;s 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 Dant#65533;s'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.

 

Luc Sante is the author of Low Life , Evidence , and The Factory of Facts . He teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College.

Publisher: New York : Barnes & Noble Classics, c2004
ISBN: 9781593083335
1593083335
9781593081515
1593081510
Characteristics: xxix, 608 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Sante, Luc

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Wrongfully imprisoned for 14 years, Edmond Dantès escapes to the island of Monte Cristo. What awaits him there is a fortune in gold--and a new identity with which to pursue his revenge and redemption.


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Janice21383
Nov 28, 2017

An amazing book, based on an even more amazing reality. The trials and dubious triumph of Edmund Dantes, the comradeship of the Four Musketeers, and much more in the writings of Alexandre Dumas, were based on the life of his father, a bi-racial commander in Napoleon's army. When you've finished the Count of Monte Cristo, read Tom Reiss's biography, The Black Count. https://vpl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/3135187038_the_black_count

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mammothhawk229e
Nov 24, 2017

My admiration of the author went up after learning his novel loosely based on his aristrocratic father, villain based on jealous Napoleon or that author was a mulatto.
No wonder it felt so real.
Wish fulfillment it was not with complex going long plan. Protagonist painfully learned he could not fix everything to what it was, but there were hidden rewards.
Now I have to read novel again.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 03, 2017

Bro, this book was long AF. I liked the revenge stuff and the count stuff. "Three Musketeers" is more my style.

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wombatcombat
Aug 17, 2017

Probably one of my favorite "classics", along with Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. A thrilling and intense story, yes, a long one, but fast paced and full of action. Even though it seems like the novel is based on hatred and revenge, it can really surprise you with really tear-jerking scenes. At first, I didn't think much of this book, after all, I didn't particularly enjoy Duma's The Three Musketeers, but after the plot rolled out, I was hooked. I think you will be too.

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Tabaqui
Aug 09, 2017

Yes, it is almost fifteen hundred pages long. Yes, it is worth every page. And yes, the satisfaction of seeing every thread of story and revenge tie together slowly is amazing! I actually finished this pretty quickly, only because I couldn't put it down. I love the character of Monte Cristo and his ingenuity, calmness, and total disregard for the social customs - namely, you don't have that much money or opulence and show it off. Some people might find the older writing style a turn off; it didn't bother me at all. The only problem I had was keeping names straight, but that was only a couple times in the whole book, so not too bad. I would highly recommend this book to those who are looking for a long and interesting read. Another thing I would like to mention: how the ending differs from the movie. It's very intriguing, but I like the book's ending better. If you have seen the movie first, as I did, you may find the differences and similarities striking. Personally, I enjoyed both - but I enjoyed them separately, as two stories which happened to be alike in some aspects. Definitely would recommend both, though. Long book, more enjoyment! Good luck!

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SRANaldie
Jul 19, 2017

Vicariosly enjoy the young hero's slow-cooker revenge! never mind about coincidences and convenient meeting--that's great Lit for ya! Add to your enjoyment and comprehension by also listening to the the fine audiobook from David Clarke. He narrates in his native British Accent, and gives you all the accents--Spanish, French, Italian, Greek, etc; Just when you think the book is too long, it starts to feel all too short! The intro has some interesting notes about the various translations made since the original came out.

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hartlley7
Jun 19, 2017

This book was assigned reading in English class. I fully expected to hate it. After reading the first chapter I got caught up in the story and could not put it down. Loved it.

I had fairly high hopes for this story when I started it, and was not disappointed. Yes, it got slow at certain points, but I think it was worth it for the suspense that came later in the book, wrapped up in both the mystery of the Count of Monte Cristo's plans and the unexpected turns which they take - some not even foreseen by the Count, that remarkable man. The ending was not as I expected, better in some ways and worse in others (for the characters, that is). Anyway, I recommend it if you like some or all of the following: old books, long books, suspense, revenge, mystery, rags-to-riches stories, and knowing more than (most of) the characters.

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wood19492004
Mar 24, 2017

I read this "classic" every three to four years and never tire of it. I seem to find something that I missed in all previous readings.

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pellikan
Aug 24, 2016

**Warning! Plot spoiler ahead!**

Set against the political backdrop of pre-revolutionary France, the Count of Monte Cristo is an epic, but fast paced novel. The story starts with Edmond Dantes; a hard working, honest and somewhat naive young man who is just starting in life. In fact, his start in life is going so well that he incites the jealousy of some people he had felt were his friends. These jealous men plot against Edmond and, on the day of his wedding, he is arrested and imprisoned unjustly for 14 years. He is kept in a solitary dungeon cell for many years before the man in the next cell digs his way into Edmond’s cell by accident. His new friend, Abbe Faria, teaches Edmond about science, art, language and more. Furthermore, Abbe Faria discloses the location of a great treasure to Edmond. When Abbe Faria dies, Edmond escapes by trading places with his dead body and being thrown into the sea. His plunge in the sea is like a baptism; his old life is now dead, he emerges through trial and storm with God’s grace into a new life.

Years after his escape, Edmond has claimed the treasure and transformed himself into the enigmatic Count of Monte Cristo, intent on revenge on those who had wronged him and rewards to those who had tried to help him. Through the middle portion of the book the Count seems all knowing and unstoppable. Then, connections and complications beyond his control begin to interfere with his plans. He is nearly killed in a dual, only saved by the reversal of his opponent. He nearly kills the lover of one whom he would wish to reward. The Count, so bold and full of self righteous wrath, begins to learn he is but a man after all and not the avenging angel of God.

The novel is long, and yet fast paced. The action is largely related to the reader through dialog, helping to keep the reading interesting. The dialog is vivid, romantic, figurative and highly detailed. Dumas’ vivid descriptions bring to life Rome, Paris and even the romantic ideal of Orientalism. This novel was originally published as a serial, divided into 18 parts. As I read, I imagine likely places for the author to leave the reader, anxious for the next installment. I highly recommend this novel even to those who, like me, are wary of classics. Read it, you won’t be disappointed.

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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.

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madlibscientist
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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