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Alexandre Dumas
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4 Jun 2009 Vintage Classics
Imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, Edmond Dantès spends fourteen bitter years in a dungeon. When his daring escape plan works he uses all he has learnt during his incarceration to mastermind an elaborate plan of revenge that will bring punishment to those he holds responsible for his fate. No longer the naïve sailor who disappeared into the dark fortress all those years ago, he reinvents himself as the charming, mysterious and powerful Count of Monte Cristo...

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  • Paperback: 1472 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics (4 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099518945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099518945
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 16.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 551,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The greatest of escape stories" (Guardian)

"What makes The Count Of Monte Cristo such a superior story is that revenge is not the only emotion driving the plot... it is an almost perfect story - also in the mix are love, friendship, jealousy, faith, education, snobbery and class" (Sunday Express)

"The Count of Monte Cristo sustained my sanity and my life. It is a beautiful book. Incarceration coupled with interrogation can play cruel tricks on the mind and many are driven to suicide.The book taught me to hope when I was living at my mental limits" (Zhuang Zedong, former world table tennis champion and the greatest sportsman in China's history The Times)

"One of the most romantic of all novels" (Mail on Sunday)

"The Napoleon of story-tellers" (Washington Post)

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'Dumas is a master of ripping yarns full of fearless heroes, poisonous ladies and swashbuckling adventurers.' The Guardian

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402 of 407 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be careful which version you choose! 9 Nov 2006
By Scott
Format:Hardcover
Dumas' "Count of Monte Cristo" is the most exciting book I have ever read. It is the epitome of the perfect adventure novel and contains all of the traits that define the genre: jealousy, suspense, action, revenge, deceit, etc. At 1100+ pages, and the label as a "classic," many readers would be turned off at the task of reading such a book. Although the story is long and over 150 years old, it is truly "timeless." This does not read at all like the books you were forced to endure in 9th grade English, and is mostly as topical today as it was when it was penned.

That being said, reading the "wrong" version of this book can change the reader's experience for the worse. Amazon has combined all of the reviews for this book across the many different versions available, which can be very misleading. There are two things that affect the story, the translation, and the context.

I strongly encourage everyone to get the UNabridged version of this story. The abridged version cuts out more than half of Dumas' novel and while the story is still enjoyable, the reader misses out on many exciting chapters in the book. Do not let the length fool you. I found every bit of this book exciting, and never got bored.

Secondly, look for the Robin Buss Translation. Many of the versions of this book use a translation from 1846 (including the Modern Library and Oxford World's Classics editions) that, because of social restrictions at the time, altered some of the story, especially that dealing with sexuality. The Robin Buss translation is more faithful and restores this language, as well as making it an easier read for modern readers.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better Than The Film Thing 23 Mar 2003
Format:Paperback
I read "The Count of Monte Cristo" in approx. 10 days and, at the end, had sore red eyes because I did not blink while reading it. From the beginning to the very end I loved it.
It was originally written as a serialisation which is why it is lengthy and sustains interest from one chapter to the next and, therefore, to the very end.
Primarily, the story is about a man's revenge but it incorporates so many other things. It is about travel and adventure (which for a 19thC reader was intriguing, but is also for today's reader), disguise (and deception), morality (putting right an injustice and the consequences), romantic intrigue, religion (confession, forgiveness and Spada/Vatican riches), wealth and poverty, history and politics (Napoleon's escape from Elba, girondiste v jacobins), justice (courts and duelling/sword-fighting), social etiquette and graces (equipages, dress, being seen at the right soirees, etc.), disgrace (being made bankrupt), scandal (burying a live baby), and even some comedy (satire).
Overall, the prose moves along very easily, though there are occasions when some dialogue is just a bit too long. The translator of the book also explains that some of the dates can be inaccurate, which can make the reader occasionally lose the chronological thread, but it is minor in carrying the story along.
I recently visited Port Marly (France) to see Alexandre Dumas' home, which is named "Chateau de Monte Cristo" (Monte Cristo in reality being an Italian island in the Tyrrhenian Sea) and Chateau d'If, but found the locations of the novel much more interesting.
In the 800+page novel there are more twists and turns than the recent filmed version can begin to include.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous! 4 Feb 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
what an enchanting book. the characters come alive and jump off the page. and you feel every emotion that each character goes through as if it were your own. With a totally complicated but awesome plot, the book is unsuprassed in my opinion. If you have seen the films and thought against reading the book, please dont take that as a sign, the book is a million times better than any of the films ever made. dont let the size of the book put you off either, you will not be able to put it down after the third chapter. an utterly compelling read.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece for All Times. 25 Oct 2004
Format:Hardcover
Every year amusement parks around the world spend millions of dollars trying to build the biggest and fastest roller coasters. These parks seek to give their visitors the greatest thrills possible on these rides without actually endangering the riders and thrill seekers flock to these parks by the thousands in order to take what they hope will be the ride of their lives. My advice is to skip the long trips and even longer lines and take a ride with Alexander Dumas and Edmond Dantes. No technology known to man can match the excitement and adventure you will thus find.
Make no mistake; this will be a long and sometimes bumpy ride. Dumas occasionally will drop his reader into a chapter that seems to have no relevance to any of the chapters before it. After a while though, it will all become crystal clear as this master storyteller weaves his magic. There will be twists and turns that the reader will not be able to foresee and in the end you will marvel at the scope of the story and the extent of both the vengeance and kindness of the story's hero.
As with many great works of literature, there have been many film adaptations of this book. Some were of course better than others were but none of these films come close to doing this book justice. If you have watched any or all of these films, be prepared to find that the book will often only resemble the films in that the characters have the same names. At least the characters that make it into the films will have the same names but many of the characters in the book never make it into the films. This book is simply too rich and too deep to be captured on film. To really experience Dumas' work you simply must read the book.
This is a story of love lost, of deception, jealousy and murder.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The first third is good but it goes downhill from there
One of the classices. The first third is good but it goes downhill from there.
If it wasn't a classic, I wouldn't bother.
Published 7 days ago by borderdale
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing new look for an amazing book!
Even though the wording of Dumas can sometimes be difficult. This book is excellent. And this amazingly bound version of it is definitely worth the buy! Read more
Published 14 days ago by Mark Rotherforth
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read
This was fantastic to read again after so long .... I had forgotten how many twists and turns there were in the story ... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bonbon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
Leatherbound Classics series make for good reading and look great on the bookshelf - will have these for many years/decades to come
Published 2 months ago by Mr M E K Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor
Unreadable due to typos. It's as though the publisher conducted random search/replace operations on the manuscript to change letters into symbols. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Count of Monte Crist-ooh!
This is my 2nd favourite book of all time (closely following Jane Eyre).

Injustice, and the vengeance wreaked is wonderful! Read more
Published 3 months ago by TL Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classic
This is one of the great stories by Alexandre Dumas, written I believe between 1844/5. Much of the fiction written around this time is considered dated but this particular story... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Chippindale
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Superb condition, arrived promptly, wellpackaged and the book itself is gorgeous, an absolute bargain, this was a gift for a friends and she will be delighted
Published 3 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent yarn!
I have read this book a number of times, since my teenage years. it was more enjoyable reading it on my new Kindle Fire.
Published 3 months ago by Karim
5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for my first Classic novel
While I was reading this, I d uhh school poo Verde it was originally serialized. which is why it seemed so convoluted.

It still a good read after all these years.
Published 4 months ago by Ian Hughes
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