- Roughcut: 608 pages
- Publisher: Barnes & Noble (21 Oct. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593083335
- ISBN-13: 978-1593083335
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 5.1 x 21.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (541 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,754,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Count of Monte Cristo (Barnes & Noble Classics) Roughcut – Abridged, 21 Oct 2004
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If you are already dismayed by the length and price of this famous story of revenge set in France against a backdrop of turbulent Bonapartist politics, you could cop out and buy the two-CD abridgement for £10.99. It would be about as satisfying as booking a table at Le Gavroche and ordering scrambled eggs, but 52 hours, I agree, is a long haul. Dumas père is chiefly remembered for this, for The Three Musketeers, and for fathering Alexander Dumas fils, author of La Dame aux Camélias. It's a terrific story. Edmond Dantès, a charismatic young seaman, just promoted to captain, is framed by jealous rivals, falsely accused of being a pro-Bonaparte spy and arrested minutes before his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes. He is sentenced to life imprisonment at the notorious Château d'If, where, 14 years later, a fellow inmate, a priest on his deathbed, reveals the whereabouts of a massive treasure on the tiny island of Monte Cristo. Dantès escapes, finds the treasure, buys a peerage and sets about his revenge. Take it on your gap year. --Sue Arnold, The Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'Dumas is a master of ripping yarns full of fearless heroes, poisonous ladies and swashbuckling adventurers.' The Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Why did I feel the need to buy another copy, having already said that I have read and reread the story in the past. Well the saying "Never judge a book by its cover" has just flown out of the window. Yes, I was seduced by the appearance and description of the book. The book is very tactile with its blue bonded leather binding, covered in graphics that relate to the story and these are a joy in themselves, not least the large sailing ship depicted in gold on the back cover. The satin ribbon bookmark is just another nice touch and finally the gilt edged pages give the book an opulent look, that amazingly is not reflected in the price. Plus, best of all I know that when I have finished handling and enjoying the appearance and feel of the outside of the book, there is an amazing piece of writing waiting for me on the inside.Read more ›
Now, this is going to be a tricky one to review. What to say about a book so well loved, so widely read, so generally revered? Well, let's start with the basics, the bits most people already know. The novel opens with young Edmond Dantes, on the verge of becoming captain of his merchant ship and husband of the beautiful Mercedes, being betrayed by his jealous friends and thrown into jail for his alleged support of Napoleon. During his fourteen years in the terrifying Chateau d'If, he meets a 'mad' old abbe, who introduces him to the world of learning and tells him about a secret treasure that he wishes Edmond to have should he ever escape. Well, escape he does, and is reborn as the Count of Monte Cristo, using his incredible wealth, power and intelligence to bring justice down on the heads of the three men who condemned him to the dungeons.
This book is so many things: it is epic, complex and exciting; it is heartbreaking, sorrowful and romantic. It touches on the heights of emotion, society and the human condition, as well as the depths of despair, corruption and depravity. I found myself speeding along in breathless excitement as Edmond's true identity was revealed to each of his tormentors, and felt the full horror of the tangled webs he wove to destroy them one by one.Read more ›
I digress - a magnificent story, far superior to Lord of the Rings as a long epic, just go and read it !!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read that book over 60 years ago in German several times and enjoyed it again but this time in English. I can only say: read it yourself!!!Published 2 days ago by Horst P Gensch
What a wonderful book. Gripping, page turning story. Captivating prose. Lovable and detestable characters. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Kam
The artistry contained within this volume is immeasurable and diminished only when held against the pleasure gained from its consumption. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Eoin B.
Wonderful book, nicely bound and printed with quality paper, a pleasure to read.Published 18 days ago by Andrew Dutton
Brilliant story. Makes you angry, sad, happy and every emotion in between.
Really enjoyed the style of writing too. Excellent