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What the community says about The Count of Monte Cristo
- "This is my favorite novel, a story not only of persecution and vengeance, but of man's relation to his God and how it drives, inspires and interferes with his judgements. Often adapted to film, nobody has captured the depth of Dumas' perceptions and understanding of people, largely because filmmakers focus on the excellently-told action rather the true essence of the story. This is one man's battle against himself, beautifully articulated egardless of which translation from French you choose to read. If you've not read Dumas before, be aware that he sets up his characters and circumstances, creating mysteries, then departs from his main story line to pursue secondary characters. All the threads pull together by the end of the story, but through at least a third of the book, Edmund Dantes is only peripherally present. Don't be discouraged - it's worth the wait, as the resolution is one of the most moving I've encountered in literature. A brilliant book by one of history's most original writers and creators of great heroes."
- "A classic book about a man who is thrown in jail with the key basically thrown away and no trial to take place. He comes across a friend that is in prison with him. They seem to know whereabouts of a secret treasure inside the area they are being imprisoned. This sparks up Dante on plotting a revenge and finding the real reason why he is being imprisoned."
- "Flink Wimperman, our expert music producer/Cadbury Egg Guru, walked in the office while I was reading this monster and said, "I read this book while I was in beautician school. It's not as good as Fifty Shades Of Grey. By the way, where is the rest of it?" Apparently this is the abridged version which must mean that the actual book is about 15 million pages long and would take five thousand lifetimes to read. I'm gonna need a cup of coffee.""I really can't think of anyone who wouldn't love this book. It's just one of the all-time great tales of adventure and intrigue. The reason its still read so widely today is because its a truly universal story that penetrates to a fundamentally good understanding of human behavior. Don't be intimidated by it -- it will suck you in like a good tv series!"
- "The Count of Monte Cristo is classic that's stood the test of time. It's a must read for anyone that's really into literature. It's about Monte Cristo who plots for revenge on those who wrongly jailed him for a crime he wasn't responsible. I read this in high school and loved it."
- "The Count of Monte Cristo is a beautiful classic. I first cam across this book while reading the SparkNotes review. The review made me so curious, I immediately bought the book. The book is full of artful writing, strong characters, and a plot that will suck you in."
- "This book is one of my favorite novels and a classic to read. The twists and turns of the Count kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. I am glad that I added this book to my collection of classic novels."
- "I bought this book because I loved the movie and figured I would hopefully like the book almost as much at least. So far I have been loving it and thinking that this is one book that may actually be better than the movie. So many others have agreed with me. It is a true masterpiece and is the sort of work that will draw 'non-readers' into the reading world because it is just such a classic and also very important in our day of having people wrongfully imprisoned for various things. Definitely should be kept on the classics list!"
- "The fact that am big fan of Alexandre Dumas should not shadow the greatness of the book The Count of Monte Cristo. Read the book couple of times and watched the movie version of it from different directors in different years. It is one of the great examples of self-actualization, the rising of Edmond Dantès."
- "One of Alexandre Dumas greatest works. In my opinion way better than The three musketeers. I really loved this book and have read this on more than one occasion. It tells a great story of jealousy and retribution and how vengeance can be a guiding factor in some ones life. I felt a sort of kinship with Edmond Dantès the protagonist in this novel. When he is thrown in prison, I was outraged, but loved the turn around in this. I highly recommend this book to everybody that enjoy revenge literature."
- "The Count of Monte Cristo is without question one of the best books I have ever read. It is a story that will change your thinking about the world and leave you wanting more. I was highly engaged with it until the very end and cannot reccomend it enough to everyone!"
- "If you’re looking for a long book, you’ve found it. If you’re looking for a long, entertaining book, you’ve definitely found it! The story is amazing, enticing, entrancing, and provocative. However, You may want to find a different translation. I having read a different translation before, I found this one to be missing a lot of the “meat” that makes The Count of Monte Cristo awesome!"
- "I wanted to write a list of books I want to read before I die. I found out about The Count of Monte Cristo. My best friend is always raving about this book. I never understood the hype until I read it this week. Wow! Amazing book! It's old, but a major classic and holds up great today. It's all about a man wanting revenge on the person that framed and jailed him for a crime he didn't commit. It's such a somber and fascinating story. Highly recommended!"
- "I have the Robin Buss translation of THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO in paperback, but that copy was old and worn. I wanted a more durable hardcover edition to read and to display on my bookshelf in my new house. The hardcover I bought from Total Books arrived in near-perfect condition, exactly as advertised, and looks gorgeous on the shelf. Why Robin Buss' translation for Penguin Classics? That's a reasonable question since Alexandre Dumas has been dead long enough for his works to enter the public domain. Several translations of his major novels are not only available in cheaper editions (such as Barnes & Noble Classics), but for free on Project Gutenberg."
- "Count Monte Cristo is an old classic that is a must on to-read list! This book is a classic version that can be compared to powerful super heroes or strong man that refuse to die and bounce back after harsh trials of life. The count is such a character-he was jailed and framed by his foes and lost everything. his youth and his love! And yet he had escaped and concocted the most powerful plot for revenge while on the mission to gain his life back."
- "This is one long epic book that is totally worth reading. If you haven’t read anything from Dumas before it was probably because his books are known for being long. The page count alone is daunting! You will enjoy every word of this masterpiece. One thing that hasn’t changed since 1844 is the human condition and the way we can strive for vengeance at times."
- "I am attempting to think of a better "classic" for middle school, but I am struggling to recall anything that would be more engaging. It beats Island of the Blue Dolphin, which I believe I read three times between 4th and 8th grade for English class. I think most students would appreciate something with a little swashbuckling action and revenge."
- "Am a big fan of romance novels and wanted something with a more classic flavor to it. This unfortunately did not have the romance I desired. It was a good book nonetheless but wasn't exactly what I was desiring. I wanted something with more romance and less vengeance. "
- "I really enjoyed this book once I could find it translated into English. I had no idea what I was missing out on. There are many mysteries to this book and the main character, you feel so much compassion for him. He has been cheated and framed, and the way the author writes is so intriguing even with the translation."
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- "I absolutely love this book, and I feel like I love it more every time I read it. I first read an abridged, "Wishbone" version as a child, and eventually read the proper version in high school. Since then, I've read it probably a dozen times, and it never fails to get me right in the feels."
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in What are the best classic books"I recently bought the book "The Count of Monte Cristo", and I really enjoyed reading this classical of the literature. The book doesn't need any presentation, and I warmly recommend reading it, because Dumas' work it's still very actual more than a century and a half after its publication."
- "This story is a well known and well liked classic story. The book tells a story of vengeance and wrongful imprisonment after Edmond Dantes is thrown into prison for a crime he did not commit. This story is very interesting to read as the path to revenge is revealed. "