- Paperback: 928 pages
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; New edition edition (5 Nov. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1853267333
- ISBN-13: 978-1853267338
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 5.1 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 604 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Count of Monte Cristo (Wordsworth Classics) Paperback – 5 Nov 1997
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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 title includes an introduction and notes by Keith Wren, University of Kent at Canterbury. The story of Edmund Dantes, self-styled Count of Monte Cristo, is told with consummate skill. The victim of a miscarriage of justice, Dantes is fired by a desire for retribution and empowered by a stroke of providence. In his campaign of vengeance, he becomes an anonymous agent of fate. The sensational narrative of intrigue, betrayal, escape, and triumphant revenge moves at a cracking pace. Dumas' novel presents a powerful conflict between good and evil embodied in an epic saga of rich diversity that is complicated by the hero's ultimate discomfort with the hubristic implication of his own actions.See all Product description
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As others wish to see his downfall due to envy, greed and in one case to try and win the hand of his betrothed, so there is one more to appear, who needs to keep hidden what his father has done, not really to save his dad, but to help himself climb the slippery career path that he has set out for himself. Thus on his planned wedding day, so Edmond finds himself being incarcerated for supposed political crimes.
As Edmond is locked up so we follow events over the years, with the return of Napoleon and his second fall. For our hero though, nothing is to alter for him until he meets the Abbé Faria who sets about transforming his life. With many a nom de guerre so Edmond appears as different people in this fantastic tale, but ultimately he will be known as the Count of Monte Cristo, a man with large wealth to support himself.
Taking in the history of the period, and with quite a host of fully realised characters it is no wonder that this book has been translated into so many languages, with a story that we can all relate to. We all have ‘enemies’ of one sort or another and I am sure most of us have wished for some sort of retribution. In this tale you can live out these feelings as we see what Edmond plots out to do, and what he achieves, along with derring-do and adventure.
In all this is a tale that has a little bit of everything, and despite its length is very engaging, making it quite hard to put down once you have started it. Like me a lot of people have read this many times in the past, but there will always be newcomers to this story, which really should be on people’s books to read list. I can remember that I was only little when I read an abridged children’s version of this, which I thought was good at the time, but then I read the whole tale when I was slightly older and was blown away. This is one of those books that still keeps you enthralled, however many times you may have read it in the past.
The copy I have is the Everyman's Library edition which is just beautiful and includes an introduction by Umberto Eco (Author of The Name of The Rose) notes on the text, and a chronology of historical events, literary context and the author's life which is an interesting feature not often found in other editions. The quality is exceptional as these books are made to last years and years. I'd like to note that the service I recieved from BOOKS etc was impeccable, which seems to be a rare occurrence with a lot of Amazon sellers. The book arrived in perfect condition and deserves every one of the five stars I have awarded it. 100% reccommended.
Edmund Dantes is easily one of my new all time favourite characters. And I now have two all time favourite classics. I was considering if The Count Of Monte Cristo had knocked Crime And Punishment off its perch, but no I think they are both equal.
I thought the writing was really wonderful and so easy to read. I loved the characters, both the good and the bad and I thought the story was so well thought out and just so very enjoyable. Apparently I like a good revenge story! If I ever need to get revenge on someone I hope I can do it with as much cunning, class and flair as the Count Of Monte Cristo!
I can now see how this is a lot of peoples all time favourite classic as it is so much more accessible than a lot of other classics due to the language used and the stories aren't always relatable in modern times. Revenge however is understood through the ages.
Overall a really excellent book, one I'm so glad that we picked up as buddy readers as I may have missed out on this if not. I really look forward to picking this up again in the future, so I can re read Dantes adventures.
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