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The Count of Monte Cristo (Bantam Classics) Paperback – Hi8, December 1, 1984

ISBN-13: 978-0553213508 ISBN-10: 0553213504

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 930L (What's this?)
  • Series: Bantam Classics
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Classics (December 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553213504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553213508
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 4.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

From the Publisher

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

Customer Reviews

I bought and read the unabridged version.
Zac
Nice story line and it caught me and I couldn't stop reading it!
mjs
I HATE reading, and I read this 450 page book in three days!
"baylorswmr"

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Wheeler on May 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
I can't tell you the number of times that I have read The Count of Monte Cristo. I have studied several translations and many abridgments. Although nothing is a truly adequate substitution for the unabridged version, this the by far the best that I have read. The story flows nicely, and unlike some abridgments, there is not the feeling of having missed something. The major details and plot lines are all present, and the characters are as genuine as in the unabridged versions. I would highly recommend this abridgment over the others on the market.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PH on April 9, 2012
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I sought out the Bantam Classic version of Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo as I feel it is presented in an easy to read format. The book allows many areas for note taking and highlighting. I would recommend this version of the classic to any High School or College Student who is studying this work. I also recommend Dumas' story as it is a great tale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
Dumas' classic paints an engrossing tale of love, treachery, and revenge. This superb book begins quickly, drawing you in to the world of Edmond Dantès, a world sacrificed for another's ambition. While he spent years in a forgotten cell, his lust for vengeance grew. When he finally escaped, he carefully and patiently exacted his perfect revenge.
This book has many good qualities, some almost too good. Dumas created a fascinating, enthralling plot, complete in every detail. However, there were times when the plot became too detailed, and forced me to slow down and think about what went on. Also, the pace of the book is perfect: as the action unfolds, the book reads quickly, but then slows down again to give importance to the time Dantès takes in his quest. For all this, Dumas' masterpiece ranks as one of my all-time favorite books, one I would recommend to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mjs on October 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I read it in class. Great book! Nice story line and it caught me and I couldn't stop reading it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ramlo on May 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
Unlike the previous reviewer, I am a fan of this version. I've read other translations, abridgements and the full version of the novel, but this is my favorite. When I get to teach the story, this is the version I choose. It has the main plot elements and major characters, but leaves out much of the cluttering, distracting detail.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MoJo on August 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
We bought this book for my son's required reading in school, but my husband and I also read it on his recommendation. Our son is only 14 and he loved the book, and he is NOT a big reader. Even though the book is over 500 pages, he couldn't put the book down, nor could we.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 1996
Format: Paperback
If Edmond Dantes was a contemporary character he'd probably be running amok through France dismembering his enemies, uttering stupid one-liners ("Consider that a divorce, Fernand!"), carrying a big gun, sleeping with a reluctant-how'd-I-get-involved-in-this-great-big-mess-unbelievably-gorgeous-female-protagonist and heading out to his luxury, bullet-proof yacht never to be heard from again at the end of it all -- unless the gross is high enough to warrant a sequel.

Luckily, Dantes is not a contemporary character and in the quite capable hands of Dumas we have one of the most hell-bent on revenge characters ever born from the pages of literary fiction. The revenge is slow, coldly calculated and deliciously deviant. It is both refreshing and encouraging to read a story that is properly developed not just a book-waiting-for-a-movie-deal plot. If you're a fan of contemporary mysteries and thrillers, do yourself a favor and read this book. You'll never look at a 90-minute action flick quite the same.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cameron on May 29, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
First off, I want to advise readers not to be turned off by the size of the book. Although The Count of Monte Cristo is by no means a short-story, it has as much plot as it does pages, which is a lot. Alexandre Dumas writes 117 chapters of thick plot that engages the reader to continue on until they reach the back cover. I definitely recommend this book to anyone with the time to read it (summer being a great time to do so)!

For anyone unfamiliar with the plot, I will give a basic synopsis. A man by the name of Edmond Dantes is wrongfully sent to jail for a crime he did not commit. The novel follows him in his actions inside and eventually out of prison. It follows Edmond as he bounces back from his life as a con and amasses wealth, prestige, and most importantly, a thirst for revenge. While the plot may be nothing “new,” keep in mind this is a basic overview, and is much more fulfilling that what was described. Take for example, the characters – 117 chapters gives a lot of room for character development, and Dumas certainly takes advantage of this fact. Readers become familiar, and possibly even attached, to more than just Edmond – or one of his many personas. This is another aspect of the book that keeps it fresh – the many faces of Edmond Dantes. Once known as a first mate of the Pharaon, Edmond becomes “Sinbad the Sailor,” a clerk, “Abbe Busoni,” and most importantly, “The Count of Monte Cristo.”

It’s not hard to spot all the potential for drama to develop within the confines of the covers, and it certainly does. Give the book a try – don’t be scared of the size!
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