The Count of Monte Cristo (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 5 Mar 1998
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‘Dumas is a master of ripping yarns full of fearless heroes, poisonous ladies and swashbuckling adventurers.’
‘The Napoleon of story-tellers.’
The Washington Post
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Frequently imitated but rarely surpassed, Dumas is one of the best known French writers and a master of ripping yarns full of fearless heroes, poisonous ladies and swashbuckling adventurers. His other novels include The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask, which have sold millions of copies and have been made into countless TV and film adaptations.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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It is generally a great page turner though I found the Rome episodes rather less enthralling than the rest. However, the classic anonymous Victorian translation is rather corrupt omitting some of the more explicit lesbian references (not that they are very explicit anyway) and a whole episode in which Dantes returns as a tourist to his prison cell. This book is well worth reading but get a modern translation!
The story of this book is one of revenge, played out in loosely three acts:
1) The betrayal, prison and escape
2) The Count enters French society
3) The cold-hearted revenge
Act 1 is fantastic, I imagine that the author of 'Papillon' was a big fan of this book.
Act 2 is good and bad. The way that the rich and charming Count enters the Parisian social scene and ingratiates himself with his former friends is brilliant. The bad part is that this entire section drags along a bit. There is one section in the book where the protagonists are at a ball in Rome. It just seems to drag on!
Act 3 is excellent. You have feelings of "that'll teach you" and a wicked sense of comfort in the acts of revenge! However, I don't know if I missed something but I thought that the end of the book was a small anticlimax.
All in all, an excellent book though I recommend reading an edition with a more modern translation.
It centres on the wrongful imprisonment of a sailor, Edmond Dantes, his encounter with a fellow prisoner and his eventual escape to riches and revenge on those responsible for his incarceration. One reviewer has already highlighted the various appeals of the book and I agree with them totally - loyalty, despair, revenge, history (several periods), politics, culture, philosophy, humour....I could go on. It was, for me, utterly stimulating both as a great story and as an education.
There is an extremely large number of characters but one part of the book's genius is how they all link together and how their fates become entwined as the various plot threads come together. I wouldn't want to give away any more than that!
I confess I have only read this book once - it had such an impact that I had to share this - but I will read it again because I am sure that will only add to the experience.
This book is life-enhancing and my advice to anyone is to read it and not deprive yourself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
excellent service and the book was exactly what I expected for the price - nothing more to add at this stage of my lifePublished on 25 Aug. 2013 by Kindle Customer
Adventure Time! This book is fantastic, I can't remember ever wanting to put it down. You'll never be disappointed with Dumas, buy it now or regret it later.Published on 3 Jan. 2013 by Anonymous
gave this to my bf as a gift, he loves this story but has found it a hard read!Published on 25 Aug. 2009 by Julie Alexander
An entralling book of magnificent scale. The way dumas ties the many different links of the story togther is genius. I didn't find one moment of this story boring. Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2008 by Mr. D. G. Downey