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The Count of Monte Cristo (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – May 11, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 1108 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Revised edition (May 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199219656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199219650
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 2.3 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Dumas is a master of ripping yarns full of fearless heroes, poisonous ladies and swashbuckling adventurers.' The Guardian 'The Napoleon of story-tellers.' The Washington Post --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It's a very complicated book, not an easy read, but worth every minute.
shel99
This is more of a note to compare the Oxford unabridged version to abridged versions of this story.
kentuckyreader
'The Count of Monte Cristo' is part thriller, part love story and part drama.
Kirk Bentzen

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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful By kentuckyreader on May 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is more of a note to compare the Oxford unabridged version to abridged versions of this story.
Previously, I read an abridgement of The Count of Monte Cristo and enjoyed it thoroughly. The story is a classic Man-Done-Wrong-Wreaks-Revenge tale.
Eventually, I decided to read the unabridged version, even though it is over 1,000 pages, and I'm exceedingly glad that I did!
There is an incredible amount of tension in this book, which miraculously enough is retained throughout the entire work. In the unabridged version, the reader is inserted into the story in a "you are there" sense, moment by moment, which is, in my opinion, the thing that retains this tension.
Not to disparage the abridgement, but - in shortening the story - the reader is sometimes not a participant in the storyline, but merely hears about the events in an off-hand summary. As a result of this, part of the soul of the book is removed.
That is a shame - especially with this work - because you are partly robbed of the emotional reward of following Edmond Dantes' journal from hell along his complicated strategy to struggle toward heaven ... which is a long journey from Marseilles!
You should set aside the time to read the unabridged version of this work! You will not feel the time a useless sacrifice!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. Power TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a story that must be read to be truly appreciated.

Set at a time of political turmoil in France, with Napoleon in exile,Edmond Dantes is an ambitious young sailor with prospects, and a beautiful fiance, Mercedes. Three people conspire against him to ruin his life, one wants his girl, another his position. He is banished to the notorious Chateau d'If, and is believed by his friends to be dead.

In prison he meets the Abbe Faria, who becomes his teacher, and together they plan to escape. Edmond escapes with a treasure map 14 years later, claims the fortune, and becomes the mysterious Count of Monte Cristo, bent on getting revenge against those who wronged him. With his new found fortune he effortlessly penetrates the highest levels of society, and unrecognisable to his enemies, he now befriends them.

The revenge comes slow and sweet, as he plots the downfall of his enemies. He is ruthless, deliberate and unrelenting, and appears to know everyones dark secrets, although we don't always know how he knows.

There are many sub characters and subplots that are not in the movie versions of the story. There are some genuinely good characters whose path to love is blocked, and he is in the background pulling the strings to work the situation for those he loves. He is also pulling the strings on those he is out to get.

He refers to himself as providence, as he takes the archetype role of flawed hero avenger, and wreaks his awful vengeance. He mysteriously appears everywhere, and knows everything, and uses it. He is karma incarnate.

The society and manners of the time are brilliantly evoked by the beautiful writing of Alexandre Dumas.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Bentzen on August 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
'The Count of Monte Cristo' is part thriller, part love story and part drama. Its got alot in it, but all of it is fantastic. Edmond Dantes is unjustfully set-up and imprisoned early in his young adult life, just as things were beginning to go his way. Thus begins the plot of the transformation from Dantes into the Count of Monte Cristo after he escapes from his prison dungeon at the Chateau D'If.
The story unfolds for a thousand pages about his vindication and revenge on those who mercilessly and vilely allowed him to rot in his prison over the course of many years. When he finally escapes with secret knowledge about a treasure, he uses all the means of his disposal to turn his life around as well as infiltrate the lives of those that did him an injustice back when he was Edmond Dantes. The book includes everything from islands, ships, Paris, the country, guns, poisons, chariots, wealth, poverty, and an infinite amount of intrigue. Sometimes Dumas takes a couple hundred pages to set up someone who you haven't seen in awhile in a new identity, but he never leaves you hanging without wrapping up the past, present and future of all of the players in the story. One of Dumas' greatest elements in this book is to set up story well in advance. The astute reader will appreciate his care and concern for knitting a tightly bound story.
When I was given this book for Christmas, I saw the 1168 page length and thought to myself, "I may start it, but I will never finish this long book." Much to my pleasure I finished the book yesterday and just had to write a review about it. I read about 500 pages and then put it down for a couple months. After picking it back up four weeks ago, I found it so interesting and intriguing that I ripped through the final 600+ pages.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "chanspring" on December 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
This masterpiece is a story of triumph, love, jealousy, wisdom, mystery, revenge, suspence, travel, secrets, longing, all the things that make up life. What an amazing book! It has been my all time favirote for years, I recomend it to anyone! You won't regret it!
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