The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Set against the turbulent years of the Napoleonic era, Alexandre Dumas's thrilling adventure story is one of the most widely read romantic novels of all time. In it the dashing young hero, Edmond Dantès, is betrayed by his enemies and thrown into a secret dungeon in the Chateau d'If -- doomed to spend his life in a dank prison cell. The story of his long, intolerable years in captivity, his miraculous escape, and his carefully wrought revenge creates a dramatic tale of mystery and intrigue and paints a vision of France -- a dazzling, dueling, exuberant France -- that has become immortal.

"Dumas was... a summit of art. Nobody ever could, or did, or will improve upon Dumas's romances and plays." -- George Bernard Shaw

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553211870
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1981
Series: Bantam Classics Series
Edition description: Abridged
Pages: 446
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Alexander Dumas (1802–1870), author of more than ninety plays and many novels, was well known in Parisian society and was a contemporary of Victor Hugo. After the success of The Count of Monte Cristo, Dumas dumped his entire fortune into his own Chateau de Monte Cristo-and was then forced to flee to Belgium to escape his creditors. He died penniless but optimistic.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have noticed that most of the reviews for this edition speak about Dumas' work in general, but I have to make a point that Robin Buss makes in the beginning of the book: almost every other version of The Count of Monte Cristo in English is either an abridgment or the product of Victorian editing. This book has to be praised for the mere fact that Buss went back to the original French and translated it wonderfully, not abridging or altering the essential storyline. As of now, this is the only edition of such caliber that I know of, and for now, it is all I recommend that people buy. Avoid all other editions and publishers, or at least make sure whether the one you want is an abridgment or not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an abridged version -- an incomplete story -- and a terrible abridged version. There are several key parts of the story missing, which significantly change the story. It is an offense to Dumas and readers.
Reddog7 More than 1 year ago
On a Nook, the search did not describe this book as one of several volumes. It starts on chapter XLVII. The scan of the book is horrible, rendering the story illegible. For example, it starts with this sentence, reproduced exactly as it appears on a Nook; "~F the Count of Moiito-Oristo harl lived for a very long time ill Parisian society, lie would liavo fully appreciated the value of the stej* wluflh M. do ViUefort had taken." I'm not going to waste any time on this book. I'm not going to waste any more time on reviewing this junk.
LAndawey More than 1 year ago
I must say that this is one of the best books - if not the best book - I've ever read in my entire life. I do not say this lightly. From the very beginning, I fell in love with the character, Edmound Dantes, and cheered him on throughout his struggles. But my admiration turned to awe when I saw what he was capable of, and upon seeing the carefully plotted, fatal revenges he planned for his enemies had me stunned. Even so, it was the fact that he was a complex character, composed with both good and evil, that really fascinated me and makes me say, without a doubt, that Edmound Dantes is the best character I've ever seen, and the Count of Monte Cristo the most thrilling book I've ever read. I highly recommmend it, and will be reading it again in the near future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although this timeless classic may seem to be printed in its entirety, be warned. I recently purchesed this novel hoping to delve into a 19th century classic but found myself faced with an abridged novel. How can one fully appreciate an author's talent when part of his work has been removed? Furthermore, who is to say what should be taken out or not. The cover says nothing about being abridged, therefore decieving the general public. If you want the Sparknotes version of a classic, or don't have enough time to enjoy Dumas' amazing literature, then this is a book for you.
Nicola_The_Reader More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I am beginning to read 'The Classics', a daunting task, nontheless. But this book could be appreciated without a backround of classical literature. The plot was thrilling and unique, the writing style original and captivating, and nothing will be written like it again. It had everything a book should have: romance, revenge, action, adventure, heartbreak. I think that is what has made it one of the best books I have ever read.
EDNurseDee More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I loved all 600+ pages. I read a review somewhere that said "It's harder to stop reading this book than it is to start." I agree with that. It was difficult for me to initially pick it up because it is so HUGE, but once I did it was was even harder to put down. The characters are well developed and it moves easily from one adventure to another. I would (and have) highly recommend this to anyone who wants to read a good adventure.
Tori Lee More than 1 year ago
I got stuck on the first page on my nook. But after i closed the book, opened another, and then returned to this one, i was able to turn the pages with ease. I dont know if it will always work, but its just a suggestion since youve already spent your time and money on this. Happy reading!
Mr_Morning More than 1 year ago
To the kid in honors english, can honestly say this is one of the greatest novels ever written. I am a guy though and dumas tended to favor a more male point of view when he wrote. But i personally think this book is for all ages and genders, i have read it more than 20 times that should put a better perspective on how much i enjoy reading this novel.
Kumori-chan More than 1 year ago
The Count of Monte Cristo is a fantasic book full of a thrilling plot of revenge and reward. Great book for anyone to read, even if you don't read books. This book will definately keep your attention.
TexWR More than 1 year ago
Dumas weaves a beautiful tale of revenge and compassion that makes The Count of Monte Cristo one of the finest works of fiction of the past two hundred years. Classics Illustrated certainly opened this story to me as a pre-adolescent but nothing beats reading the book. The characters develop slowly and the reader has no doubt about the honesty and integrity of the few 'good' people and knows the dark side of the 'baddies'. This book is all meat and potatoes and the dessert comes in the final 150 pages. Do yourself a favor and pick this classic up for a wonderful reading experience. Now, on to The Three Musketeers.
JohnDixon More than 1 year ago
the story of Edmund Dantes is amazing.First betrayed then rises out of the ashes and gets revenge. Alexandre Dumas is a great author and very imaginative
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jesus christ,enough with you morons just writing nonsense.just about every review section i read ,has a bunch of idiots spouting nonsense. You would think barnes and noble would remove them , but nooooo!
SRBoone More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that has me slapping myself for waiting 30 years to read it. It is simply one of the most astonishing and masterful books I've ever read. This 1200+ page epic revenge story is never boring. It hurtles the reader full speed ahead into it's plot and never lets up. By the time Dantes' revenge has run it's course, the reader still has several chapters to go, but Dumas hold his final revelation until the end (though the reader can't help but guess what it is). There were a few places where I was confused as to charcter and motivation, but upon charging ahead, I realized it was my own fault in not paying attention to what I was reading. For example: one of the men the Count is going after has since made his fortune and acquired a title (le Comte de Moncerf), but the reader encounters his son first--who has the same title. No big deal. Kinda embarrassing really. Dumas' works have been criticized by modern readers as bloated because he was paid by the line. My response is: so what? People then didn't have the ways we do to mindlessly waste their time; they craved such "bloat". But it doesn't detract from the story at all. According to the translator Robin Buss, Dumas contradicts himself with some details of in story, but it doesn't disrupt his story at all. Most English editions of this book are either abridged (around 600 pages) or of an anonymous translation that omits details of the book that are opposed to Victorian morals (such as hints of Eugenie's lesbianism). I researched the various translations and settled on the Buss translation. This is the one I'd recommend. This is certainly one of the great books in all of literature and far and away the best adventure novel I've encountered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
at first ok but then every third page brings up error message and gradually every page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a masterfully written piece of literature that explores the fundamental nature of man and his propensity towards grace and savagery regardless of class; though the backbone of the storyline is Edmond Dantes' quest for vengeance, vengeance per se is not the ultimate theme. At a little over 3,000 pages, it takes awhile for the real action to pick up, but once it does you won't be able to put it down. The way Dumas brings multiple plot lines together is ingenious and would be extremely difficult to repliccate on the silver screen without losing something significant. Like a finely crafted wine it takes awhile for the various elements of this plot to ferment into a perfection that is unpredictable and surprisingly inspirational.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a tru lover of classics, i love to sit down with sherlock holmes,les mis, and other great masterpieces like such. As i read this book, i was completley captivated. The book revovles around edmond dantes, who must take his vengeance on those that have wronged him terribly.the way he does this will keep you reading. There are inspirational quotes in this book. If you watched the movie, please erase that story from your mind,because the movie was so loosely related to the book. The book is much different. Usually movies are a little more in line with the book. I strongly urge you to read this amazing book. It was the BEST book have read in my entire life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't recommend downloading this copy of The Count of Monte Cristo. There were very few illustrations - I remember seeing only 3 or 4 in the whole book (or maybe they just didn't show up as there were several pages that had large amounts of blank space in them). The book also froze my Nook up a lot (i.e. pages wouldn't turn, took a long time to open). None of my other books on my Nook ever freeze like this one did.
usafbrat More than 1 year ago
I had no idea when I purchased this book that it was abridged; however, that did not cause me to enjoy this novel any less! I was engrossed with the story from about the 5th page! This book has it all, jealousy, love and retribution. What an excellent introduction for me to the world of Dumas! I can see why The Count of Monte Cristo has been one of the most popular books in Europe. I wish I had picked up this wonderful classic earlier!
bk_worm More than 1 year ago
This book contains mysteries and hidden secrets inscribed in every page. It just touches up on every kind of situation on person could possibly be in. Such as love, revenge, betrayl, murder, and oh there is so much more entertiwned within one book. Hey, don't let the thickness of it fool you, it's what you read that makes it a classic for over a century. Future readers I recommend it highly,the plot line is a unique one, and it'll keep your eyeballs glued to the pages.
bbgeek12 More than 1 year ago
In the Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas, a French sailor runs into some hard times. It all started when his captain on his ship got brain fever and dies. The Captain's last request is that Edmond goes to the Isle of Elba to deliver a letter and take whatever is received and deliver that also. When Edmond returns to Marseilles and prepares to deliver his letter. He decides he will travel to Paris after he marries his beautiful fiancée Mercedes. Also along with the great joy of about to become a married man Edmond is told by the ship owner that he will become the new captain of the ship. With all of this good news Edmond makes some rivals unknowingly. These rivals conspire together to write an anonymous letter to the public prosecutor telling of how Edmond had a letter from Napoleon to the Bonapartist party of Paris.Due to this letter Edmond was arrested and sent to the public prosecutor. While there the deputy public prosecutor, Villefort, interrogates Edmond, discovers that Edmond was innocent and is about to release him when he finds out the letter from Napoleon was to his father. Villefort does not want to be one day blackmailed with this information so he sends Edmond to a prison at the Chateau d'If to die without ever knowing what put him in there. Edmond spends fourteen years in this prison during which he meets a priest who holds the secret to a hidden treasure. The priest teaches Edmond many things in exchange for his help on a tunnel which is to be their escape. But the priest does not escape with Edmond instead dies allowing Edmond a unique opportunity for escape. Edmond does escape and find the treasure the priest told him about and then uses the fortune he receives to extract revenge from the people who stole fourteen years of his life; Danglars the second mate, Fernand the jealous friend, and Villefort who accused him wrongly. The rest of the book explains how Edmond creates and executes his great revenge. The best part of this book was the plot. Dumas does a great job of weaving a tangled web that becomes unraveled by the Count of Monte Cristo's (Edmond) revenge. The complex way the Count using this entire web to fit his purpose makes for an intoxicating read. The worst part of this book was the changes that Edmond had to go through to achieve his revenge. Edmond went from enjoying all that life had given him to becoming a cruel, vindictive man who revels in the demise of his enemies. Edmond became the Count of Monte Cristo who knows no bounds and cannot be stopped by anyone other than God. The Count made his self into a person who smiled at the most terrible sights. All the Count had was his revenge and what that revenge had made him into. This book was a great read due to the involved plot. Edmond used all his resources in unique ways and provided interesting outlooks on life due to his altered personality. Also Dumas made it so all of Edmond's enemies had great schemes with each other so if you took one down the others followed quickly. Edmond's revenge would not have been as great if the other characters had not left themselves in positions that if uncovered would ruin them. These subtle turns in the book add suspense and extra umph to an already interesting book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. The first time I read it I was shocked by the great plot and characterization. I bought the book later on and read it again and had the same effect. I mean you have to read this book...Alexandre Dumas is a fantastic author
four-elyse-clover More than 1 year ago
oh my god. that's almost all i can say. its almost an understatement to say this was the most amazing book i've ever read. i am only disappointed that i read the abridged version. . . we read this in my english class and i am without words to decribe how much i truely love this book. there are about 52 characters in this book, so i'd recommend a character chart (which will come in handy, believe me. write the relations amoung the characters; husband of..., daughter of..., ect) in the begging the reader is introduced to a bunch of seemingless unassociated characters, but as the story progresses, you begin to see how small of a world they really live in. from illegitimate children to murder to adventure and outright scandal, this book is extremely thrilling and a definate page-turner. from start to finish its unparallelable. i would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have roughly 200 to 300 books in my collection with a great array of authors. But this by far is one of the best books I've ever read. I originally purchased it in paperback, and have just ordered the HardCover book for my elite collection. (I dont think I will ever crack the spine on it)
Alastair_Browne More than 1 year ago
I must admit, I didn't know this book was abridged until after I bought it and looked at the title page. I've seen other editions, at Barnes & Noble, no less, that were even MORE abridged, about 57 chapters or so. This particular edition has 71 chapters, and many other editions, not just B&N, are this long.   I've only found out that the unabridged editions are 1000 to 1200 pages. What do the missing parts contain, and are they worth reading? I don't know, but if you are interested, reading this particular edition might be a good start, and may help you understand it a little better should you want to proceed to the entire unabridged edition.That being said, I really didn't mind the book, and I've always wanted to read it. It is a tale of a seemingly  innocent man, Edmond Dantes, who, as he started out in life, was a sailor for a merchant ship, captained by  Morrel, who earned his favor, and had the love of a beautiful woman, named Mercedes. This is where the plot comes in; Dantes fortune is eyed with envy by two others,  Fernand, who knows and wants the girl, and Danglers, who was jealous of Dantes position on the merchant ship. So they plot his demise by framing him with a false accusation by way of a letter  implicating him as an ally of Napoleon, where he is arrested at his betrothal to Mercedes, and with the compliance of a Judge, Villefort, throws Dantes in a prison on the an island called the Chateau d'If. There he remains for 14 years, where he meets up with another prisoner, where they exchange stories of their lives, how they were unjustly thrown in this dark dungeon, and how, as Dantes' friend dies, he leaves him a fortune on the Isle of Monte Cristo should Dantes successfully escape. Dantes, when his friend dies, puts himself in the sack of his friend, where it is tossed into the ocean.  Dantes, escapes, and goes to the Isle of Monte Cristo to claim his inheritance.An Innkeeper updates him on the  goings on of his peers, where he finds that Mercedes, with Dantes gone, marries his rival  Fernand and has a son (Albert), and the three families of those responsible for his demise  all live close to one another in Paris.Dantes then takes on the title Count of Monte Cristo, and then goes to Paris to live among  these families, observe their goings on and whatever corruption may surface and he exploits it,  but passively, without any hint of him being involved, and without any of them knowing who he  really is, thinking they've forgotten about their evil deed.So the plot comes in like a soap opera. There is no swashbuckling like in the movies, but the plot is interesting. Also, the Count saves those who helped him early on, and the villains have  acquired new names, but the Count see through them, and from here, I'll let the reader figure out the rest. You will like the ending, but I that's all I'll say.Anyway, it's a classic, even in it's abridged form, but you do have to go back a few chapters to  understand the present situation. Also, you have to pair the names (Fernand=Morcerf, etc.)Part of it gets confusing, with the plots and situations of each individual family of which the Count is involved.  I have the impression the the full version may be boring, but that's just a guess. It may also clear up what is missed here, but after reading this particular version, still worth reading, you may or may not want to read the full version, depending on what you think of this edition.