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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes readers out of Non-readers, 11 Jun 1997
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This review is from: The Count of Monte Cristo (Bantam Classics) (Paperback)
I'm a high school English teacher. Over the years I've taught numerous novels, but only The Count of Monte Cristo do I never tire of teaching. It has the amazing ability of actually making students who say that they hate to read to suddenly want to read. Do you have a teenager who hates to read? Give him this 441 page abridgement. (Be prepared though for negative comments--he'll propably disclaim, "And you call 441 pages an ABRIDGED edition!") Next, make him agree to try it at least to page 66 (Dantes's escape from prison). By that point he'll be hooked for sure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars WICKED BOOK!!!!!!, 7 Aug 1998
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This review is from: The Count of Monte Cristo (Bantam Classics) (Paperback)
Of course, I only found out about this book through recommendation from a friend. It was absolutely wonderful! I'm not an avid reader of the classics, but I could not put this book down. I even snuck it to work and read as much as I could there. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read or who likes an adventure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great classic, 10 Jun 2013
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Great classic story..if only life was that fair and we could triumph many difficulties! Well written and it keeps the readers interested
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book is great!, 24 July 1999
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This review is from: The Count of Monte Cristo (Bantam Classics) (Paperback)
This book is an excellent novel for those who are looking for adventure. Dumas is a brilliant writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They just don't make 'em like they used to, 7 Nov 1996
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This review is from: The Count of Monte Cristo (Bantam Classics) (Paperback)
If Edmond Dantes was a contemporary character he'd probably be running amok through France dismembering his enemies, uttering stupid one-liners ("Consider that a divorce, Fernand!"), carrying a big gun, sleeping with a reluctant-how'd-I-get-involved-in-this-great-big-mess-unbelievably-gorgeous-female-protagonist and heading out to his luxury, bullet-proof yacht never to be heard from again at the end of it all -- unless the gross is high enough to warrant a sequel.

Luckily, Dantes is not a contemporary character and in the quite capable hands of Dumas we have one of the most hell-bent on revenge characters ever born from the pages of literary fiction. The revenge is slow, coldly calculated and deliciously deviant. It is both refreshing and encouraging to read a story that is properly developed not just a book-waiting-for-a-movie-deal plot. If you're a fan of contemporary mysteries and thrillers, do yourself a favor and read this book. You'll never look at a 90-minute action flick quite the same.
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