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Even when he escapes prison and finds a monumental treasure, it is years before he finds peace I dont think he ever finds happiness. The questions it raises are: The other question: Dantes spends much of his life after prison seeking the people who tossed into the oubliette — not to get revenge but to punish them.
He believes he is the angel of god and that he has been freed from prison so he can do god's will by punishing these evil men. But as he proceeds in his quest, he begins to question whether any man can actually be the angel of god, whether it's a sign of mania or even insanity to think you can possibly know what is god's will. In the end, evil is punished, and it is because of wheels that Dantes sets in motion.
But I don't think he is ever able to know if he is just another man seeking to ruin other men, or if he is in fact the angel of god. It's a question that, as a journalist, I try to always remember: All we can do is try to live the best life we can and not decide who deserves to be punished or even ruined. View all 59 comments. Picture this: You've just been offered the job of your dreams.
And you're about to marry the person you've loved since childhood. When, suddenly, a couple of jealous men decide to frame you as a Bonapartist a crime which was punished by death or life imprisonment and have you sent away to rot in an island prison. I think it's fair to say you'd be feeling a touch bitter about the whole ordeal.
This is what happens to the young Edmond Picture this: This is what happens to the young Edmond Dantes when he is betrayed at first by men jealous of his career and fiancee, then again by a man who sees a opportunity to benefit himself by sending Dantes to his jail cell. After spending fourteen years in a gloomy dungeon, Dantes finally has a chance to escape and seek revenge on those who wronged him, whilst also rewarding those who stuck by him and fought to prove his innocence.
I always try to read both positive and negative reviews of books so I can understand why people had a different opinion from my own, and the verdict on this from negative reviews seems to fall into one of two categories: Personally, I agree that The Count of Monte Cristo is several novels in one and I'm not surprised that it was originally published in installments. That being said, though, the story itself is fascinating.
It brings in historical elements and combines them with a great set of fictional characters to make a very rich story.
There are parts that are sad and parts that are heartwarming and it all adds up to a great balance of the two. As for the second problem, it is my own personal taste that I love a good revenge story. I know forgiveness is supposed to be a virtue blah blah and perhaps it doesn't make me a great person that I couldn't shake the hand of the one who'd ruined my life. But I believe Dantes suffered more than anyone in this tale, even after he had got his revenge. And I always did cheer for the likes of Beatrix Kiddo.
So when the "avenging angel" struck, I was right there with him. There are several stories being told throughout and I found all of them interesting: Dantes' betrayal, The Shawshank Redemption -style time in prison where Dantes makes a close friend, the historical story of Napoleon's return, and Dantes' search for revenge. It's hard not to be enthralled by this complex world and its characters. Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube View all 43 comments. Mar 14, Nayra. View all 47 comments. Hassan Dr.
Nabeha wrote: Jan 31, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: Why did no one tell me about this book? I mean seriously, I was about a hundred pages in and I wanted to go find my freshman high school English teacher and inflict terrible, intricate revenge on her for depriving me of a great book.
I figured first I could assume a new identity, perhaps insinuating myself into her life. Seriously, this was an awesome book. I am not a big fan of the Classics Why did no one tell me about this book?
I am not a big fan of the Classics, really - I usually get very bored very quickly with them, especially the Russians. I don't know if it's the characters I can't relate to, or the writing that puts me off, but I try to get through them and my interest drops off abruptly. Especially the Russians. God save me from the Russians. But this? This was pages of concentrated awesome. A grand, intricate story of vengeance - and I do love my revenge stories - that I will definitely read again.
And watching V For Vendetta is a lot more fun View all 41 comments. Jun 30, Matthew rated it really liked it Shelves: Over pages of suffering and revenge! I enjoyed it. I did not like it quite as much as some of the other big classics I have read, but it was very good.
The two things that brought it down a bit for me were: At a couple of points I was ready for Dumas to get to the point. While this did lend itself well to the Count's intricate plotting, I would occasionally get to a chapter and say, "Wait, what!? With all the negative out of the way, I will say that is was definitely a great book. At times it was riveting. At others it was clever. At pretty much all times it was dark and seemingly hopeless.
The unabridged is great because it has everything as Dumas wanted it, but it does require quite a bit of commitment. Final judgement: A must for those who want to read all the classics, but probably a bit much for the causal reader. View all 58 comments. Jan 06, Chelsea Humphrey rated it it was amazing Shelves: It's been over a decade since I last read The Count of Monte Cristo , which is easily my favorite classic novel to date.
Looking forward to taking my time through this one alongside my other reads! View all 33 comments. Apr 21, Alex rated it it was amazing Shelves: I think his writing style is beautiful and very poetic, but drawn out. He could probably desc "all human wisdom is contained in these two words: He could probably describe a blade of grass in the most descriptive way imaginable. It is outstanding, and I am a bit jealous of his ability. With that saying, you really need to be in the right mood to tackle his work, and to appreciate what he gives you.
He described the top of Notre Dame like you are standing right on top peering down Paris. It is truly remarkable, but I wasn't sure if I was ready to take on the challenge.
I was in a lazy sort of mood. I have to say I was wrong. Alexandre Dumas' writing style is nothing like Victor Hugo's style. He didn't write super descriptively, but I could imagine the main character looking at his elegant art or expensive materials, and smell and taste the black bread, the sea water, and exotic foods that laid before him. He wrote in a multitude of different perspectives, but still surrounding the main theme, revenge. He intertwined his characters that I felt he was weaving a large blanket, or folding bread.
There are layers encompassing this novel that I wanted to peel back as quick as possible to figure out what is going through the main character's mind. Damn it all, I felt like I was stuck in a perpetual cliff hanger.
The chapters were at most twenty pages long, and I thought everything was fast pace. I was never bored reading this colossal novel. He was full of life, happiness, and everything was going well for him, until a group of men set him up. Events lead to another, and the poor, good Edmund was incarcerated with hate in his heart. Can our poor Dantes get out of jail to seek his justly revenge?!
Read this epic, revenge story about wrongful imprisonment and find out! The thing about this story is it's realism. Wrongful imprisonment does happen. The documentary, Making a Murderer , and the tv show, Rectify , that are featured on Netflix showed people who were supposably wrongfully imprisoned. I didn't finish watching both of the shows, so I don't know how they ended.
The last time I heard the guy in Making a Murderer is back in prison, so who knows. This story just brings the idea of how one man takes justice in his own hands when justice failed him. Seeing someone who was thrown in the darkest pits, to suffer, to be able to shove it all back in their enemies faces. To get under one's skin, and destroyed all the qualities of that human being is remarkable.
It is like my younger sister knowing all the buttons to push to get me so agitated that I could scream. Edmund was the most remarkable character, of course. I thought Dumas wrote him very well. He transform him into a character that I never, ever, ever, ever want to cross, and would ask him to be my buddy on my deserted island.
He was cunning, sarcastic, serious, intelligent, loving, caring, and most of all determined. I loved to follow him, and try to solve his puzzles. He also reminded me of another character I love, who is Francis of Lymond. A friend told me that Dorothy Dunnett loved Dumas, so it makes sense that her character is similar to Dumas'.
Dorothy Dunnett's novel, Game of Kings , is more complex than Dumas' story. The problems I had with the book were the length, so many characters, time, and just confusion. I wouldn't change the length of the book for all the skittles in the rainbow, but it is intimating to look at.
Funny thing, my daughter loves to pick up this book and pretend to read about a fluffy cloud that falls out of the sky.
Apparently she isn't that scared of the book. There were so many characters, and sometimes I would forget one. When they reappeared awhile later I would have to look them up to figure out their place in the story. Time seemed to fly by, and I wasn't certain of the time line of events, which left me confused and asking questions. Lastly, I was just generally confused trying to understand Edmund plan. I am pretty sure he juked me out in every corner, and I couldn't guess what would happen next.
Everything does come clear, and you just have to wait patiently for the results. Here is what I recommend you doing. If you decide to read this book, and you want the physical copy download a hardcover.
I am telling you for your own safety, download the hardcover version. I know it cost a pretty penny, but you will thank me. I have the paperback version, and I ripped apart of the cover. I don't like to wreck my binding, so the novel was just hard to hold because of it's thickness.
I wish I had the hardcover version, it would of been worth the download. Read this novel slowly, and let everything flow.
Everything will be made clear, and satisfying. Also, try to find the right version. Some versions have missing parts, as I was told. I did watch the film with Robert Donat, and I was surprised at all the differences. I understand they couldn't fit everything in one movie, because there is way too much stuff that goes on, but a few things I was shocked to see changed. It is still a good movie, don't get me wrong. He had a great mustache! I am just saying that is one damn impressive mustache.
There was a sword fight, and Robert Donat acted great. Sadly, it just wasn't the same, and left me disappointed. There was a hole left in my heart. I am in search of the other versions of this famous novel. I shall wait and hope. The question is how much do I really love this book? Well, I am willing to re-read it, and I hope to read more of Dumas' work soon, that is how much I loved this story.
The Count of Monte Cristo is a remarkable, fast pace, epic revenge story about a man who was incarcerated for a crime he did not commit. I do recommend reading this huge novel at least once. Happy reading. Dec 22, Kim rated it it was amazing Shelves: They don't write novels like this anymore. That's because they make television drama series and soap operas instead. To my mind, this novel is the 19th Century equivalent of a long-running and compelling television series.
What fun it has been over the past few weeks to consume The Count of Monte Cristo in much the same way as I watched all seven seasons of The West Wing one after another a few years ago: Dumas and his collaborator August Maquet created a dense and complex story, the many threads of which are woven together into a most satisfying whole, with no threads left loose at the end of more than pages.
For him, revenge is most definitely a dish to be eaten cold. The plot is indeed totally over the top, with elements of fable and fairy tale, replete with Orientalist imagery which for me brought to mind The Arabian Nights. Characterisation is somewhat sacrificed in the process of weaving the many strands of the plot together. While the Count himself is a compelling character, other characters are less so and female characters in particular are rather flat.
However, deficiencies in characterisation are more than made up for by the sheer thrill of the tale. My enjoyment of The Count of Monte Cristo has been increased by it being a buddy read with several members of the Comfort Reads group.
It has also been increased by listening to it as a French language audiobook downloaded from www. But I was on the edge of my seat as I listened to it for some 47 hours. As I neared the end, I started wondering just how soon I could justify a re-read.
View all 40 comments. Every soap opera ever produced owes an enormous amount of debt to The Count of Monte Cristo , a sprawling, messy, over-the-top, gleefully melodramatic bitchslap fest. And to those who wronged him by association? Thou shalt also receive a furious bitchslap! Clemency shall Every soap opera ever produced owes an enormous amount of debt to The Count of Monte Cristo , a sprawling, messy, over-the-top, gleefully melodramatic bitchslap fest.
Clemency shall only be bestowed upon the righteous and goodly. Over the centuries, many literary characters have aspired to be badasses - with middling to average results. Upon being accused of a crime he most certainly didn't commit, forcefully separated from the woman he loves, and imprisoned for an absurd amount of time in a remote, Alcatraz-like jail, our hero begins to craft his utterly convoluted revenge plot on the assholes who backstabbed him.
It is a cleverly scaffolded plan indeed, but it would make even the most far-fetched plotline of Days of Our Lives seem plausible. That is, it is insufferably ridiculous but unbelievably enjoyable to watch unfold. Multiple backstories also unfold, further detailing the astonishing depth of his plot while also providing the reader with the nagging suspicion that author Alexandre Dumas was not playing with a full deck of cards.
It's as if every idea that ever popped into Dumas' delirious brain makes an appearance in the book. Maybe that's why it's 1, pages. Oh is the payoff worth it, though.
If revenge is a dish best served cold, then the final three hundred pages of the book achieve Antarctic levels of chilliness. There is much begging and pleading. But mercy will not be granted. Because you were an idiot and had no idea who you were fucking with: Bow down. View all 19 comments. So one of the nice things Goodreads has done for me is bring me some really cool friends who inspire me to flex my brain a little harder and read more classics.
And the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo, clocking in at over pages, is a monster of a classic. I was familiar with the Count's story from seeing an old movie or two, but reading the book, of course, is a whole different level of experiencing it.
The first part of the book filled me with dread as I waited for disaster So one of the nice things Goodreads has done for me is bring me some really cool friends who inspire me to flex my brain a little harder and read more classics. The first part of the book filled me with dread as I waited for disaster to strike; the second part made me truly feel Edmond Dantes' despair, as he was thrown into a dungeon in the historical Chateau d'If by greedy, power-seeking, selfish and lustful men, to spend the rest of his life in squalor.
After 14 years, Edmond soon to become the Count escapes from his island prison and things really start to get interesting as he plans and executes his revenge on the four men who conspired to ruin his life. Dumas' writing, even after years and in translation, is powerful and moving, and the Count's complex and intricately planned revenge was awe-inspiring.
Our buddy read group -- Hana, Jaima and I -- had a great time analyzing what was happening in the story, and discussing various Biblical and other literary allusions.
Our discussion can be followed in the comments attached to our reviews, but be warned that those threads are Spoiler City. But as we started getting closer to the end of the Count's revenge and this story, things started to go off the rails for all of us. The Count clearly views himself as an avenging angel, almost as a god himself, on a divine mission to punish the wicked.
This view which the author seems to share becomes more and more uncomfortable as the death and destruction spread. My problems with this book, and the reasons it gets 4 stars rather than 5, are extremely spoilerish: He finds peoples' weaknesses and exploits them, suggesting an untraceable poison to a mother who he knows is anxious to see her young son inherit great wealth.
Only when that young son is also dead, does the Count begin to question whether he has gone too far: Monte Cristo became pale at this horrible sight; he felt that he had passed beyond the bounds of vengeance, and that he could no longer say, "God is for and with me. He does show some mercy to the last conspirator, but this final act of mercy seems to be prompted by the Count's pride rather than by a realization that he was wrong in any way.
After everything he did wrong, it really irked me that the Count gets to sail off into the sunset with this gorgeous young girl while Mercedes has to spend the rest of her life meditating in solitude. The Count also decides to save the life of one of the conspirators' daughters, the young--and completely innocent--Valentine, but only because Maximillien, the son of a man who was loyal to the Count, is in love with Valentine.
But then he decides, for no good reason, to allow Max to believe for an entire month that Valentine was dead. His gall in this subplot was unjustified and beyond unmitigated, and neither of these sweet people calls him on it or gets the least bit angry about being so manipulated. I've come across it in several Victorian-era books it still lives on in some books like Twilight , and it seriously annoys me every time.
Yes, it sucks if you can't marry the person you love, or if the person you love dies. But this does not mean that your life is over and you should commit suicide -- or even swear off loving anyone else and mope around for the remainder of your days.
Life goes on. If you allow yourself to move on, you will find that you're more resilient than you think. This would have been a five-star book for me if it had been clearer that the Count had paid a heavy psychological or spiritual price for going down such a dark path. And maybe if he didn't get to take off in the end with a hero-worshipping young trophy wife. View all 73 comments. May 19, J rated it it was amazing. The remaining one thousand allows the plot of slow-planned revenge time to stretch its legs, look about, and move forward with the inexorable pacing of Fate.
Through one scheme after another he reduces the proud banker that Danglars has become to a penniless wreck. Caderrouse destroys himself through his own base greed and cunning. All of this unfolds with delicious grace, and you relish each move the Count makes in his ongoing revenge, but underneath it all, a creeping note begins to sneak into the story.
The Count comes to see, through his friendships with the next generation of all the major players, how his actions cause grief and suffering that extend beyond the targets of his own revenge. In fact, these are the twin threads around which the entirety of the story revolves, love and revenge. In this, it is as if Dumas is saying that all wicked men carry within them the seeds of their own destruction, carry it close to their hearts as part and parcel of who they are.
This is no doubt Dumas playing suspense thriller with his readership, but it leaves somewhat of a bad taste. But it remains, long after other larger scenes have left my memory, as a kind of capricious cruelty. Perhaps we need to be somewhat frightened of the Count ourselves; perhaps it is a warning, slyly inserted well to the beginning of the revenge scenario.
See, before you plot yourselves, the author seems to imply, see what inhumanity revenge can make you capable of. It is a haunting suggestion. View all 17 comments.
Jan 26, Celeste rated it it was amazing Shelves: Full review now posted! I finally finished! Au contraire, I loved it! This tome is meant to be savored, and savor it I did. Edmond Dantes seems to have it all together. He loves his career aboard a merchant vessel, and the love of his life is waiting to marry him when he returns home.
But there are those in his life who are jealous of his good fortune, of his love, of his happiness. His prosecutor, though he knows Dantes is innocent, is faced with information that would shine a terrible light on himself.
Information that only Dantes knows. But fate has other plans, and vengeance will be wrought on these four men who had succumbed to jealousy and ruined the life of another. He is both an avenging angel and an angel of mercy. As he ingratiates himself into three important families on the Parisian scene, we get to know these families and watch as their lives fall apart around them.
The Great Illustrated Classic was my very favorite book when I was about 8 or so. I thought I knew the story pretty well, but I wanted to have read the book in its entirety, so I finally picked it up.
And I almost put it down. There were so many little details in the middle section of the book that I thought were superfluous. I got so bogged down for a while, and almost decided that the abridged version had been enough. Those little details that I thought were pointless? They really mattered. As I started nearing the end and seeing how all of these small details were coming back into play, I was completely stunned by complex the plot was. I was blown away by how everything came together in the end.
I could write a thousand more words about the characters, the methods of vengeance, the plot twists, and more.
Suffice it to say that, without this book, our culture would be missing something, as this book has served as foundation and inspiration for countless stories in various formats. Is this a quick, easy read? Not even close. Is it worth the time and effort necessary to read it? It is indeed. Give it a read, but take your time. View all 57 comments. Aug 06, Brian Yahn rated it really liked it. He has a mineral, dolomite, named after him, and a mountain range, the Dolomites, also named after him.
He quite literally left his mark on the planet. Advertisement In between all of his geologizing, he lit up fashionable society and got along very well with the ladies.
Basically, he was a flower of the age, and he soon came to the attention of Napoleon. About to embark for Egypt, Napoleon assembled a crew of academics to go along with his army. Dolomieu couldn't resist the trip, although it turned out to be more of a military expedition than he expected.
At one point, he actually had to deal with the Knights of Malta again, negotiating the surrender of the island of Malta to Napoleon. This turned out to be a bad mistake.
Advertisement After staying some time in Egypt, Dolomieu started back to France for the sake of his health. He sailed with Alexandre Dumas' father - also named Alexandre Dumas - who was an esteemed military officer.