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ISBN-13: 978-0559362514 ISBN-10: 055936251X

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: BiblioLife (October 15, 2008)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 055936251X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0559362514
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,975,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Né en 1802, Alexandre Dumas est le fils du général Alexandre Davy Dumas. Clerc de notaire à quatorze ans, il monte à Paris et fait son entrée sur la scène littéraire. Adepte des oeuvres de Friedrich Schiller, William Shakespeare et Walter Scott, il se lançe d'abord dans l'écriture théâtrale avant de se tourner vers le roman. Il obtient alors un triomphe tout d'abord avec Le Comte de Monte-Cristo (1844), puis avec Les Trois Mousquetaires (1844) et la Reine Margot (1845). Alexandre Dumas s'est distingué par son talent à camper des personnages emblématiques et inoubliables. Il est décédé en 1870 à Puys, près de Dieppe. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Poche . --This text refers to the Leather Bound edition.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By John Dewar on October 2, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Twenty-five years ago, I was in freshman college French class, and could read plays and short stories by the great French authors. A recent visit by a French exchange student showed me how much I'd forgotten, so I decided to try reading French again. This great tale by Alexandre Dumas was the perfect way to start: it's the familiar story of false imprisonment and exceedingly complex revenge in the early 19th century. This is the unabridged version with each of 2 volumes running to 750 pages, so it became my bedtime companion for months. Dumas is a wonderful story-teller, almost always amusing or exciting. It's light reading; my old vocabulary wouldn't have been up to metaphors or symbolism. The only draw-back is a lack of footnotes: much of the action takes place in Italy and the text is sprinkled with some Italian terms that I couldn't translate. The Oxford English translations of Dumas' works offer little tidbits of historical and geographic information that are very helpful in understanding context; none of that is available here. Overall though, I heartily recommend this edition for the reader who wants to wade into the original works of a great French novelist.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Coleen Martin on March 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
It's a pity that Amazon's description of this item isn't more complete--I never would have ordered it. This item is NOT a novel! It is not the original French version of Alexandre Dumas' classic adventure. The closest I can come to describing this book is that it must be the French equivalent of Cliffnotes!
The book itself is only about a 130 pages long. The story contained in it is a pathetic paraphrasing of the actual novel, condensed and simplified to make an interesting study guide for the student. I'm not sure how the author hoped to accomplish this, though--the entire story is changed.
This book might be of value to someone who only wanted to read something in French. It has notes in the margins to explain words that might be unfamiliar, and is rather easy reading. But if you're looking for anything more than that, you'd be better off taking a trip to Paris yourself and picking up your own copy.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey B. Randall on April 18, 2009
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The book was delivered on time and it is in good condition. The only issue is that it wasn't made clear that it is only a portion of the book. I thought it was the entire story--the price is high for just one of four parts.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Virginie Blakey on March 20, 2009
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It is so great to be able to have my favorite book in the original language digitally. This book contains everything you need: adventure, revenge, plots, fights, love,...
Usually I have to get my mother to send me french book from France. This time no waiting, no extra cost in shipping and euros. It is just instant gratitude.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cyril Gentil on June 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
"Le Comte de Monte Cristo" is one of my favorite books, actually. Albeit written more than 150 years ago, I persist considering it as the first thriller ever. In "Le Conte de Monte Cristo", you'll find murders, conspiracy, espionage (the first known case of economic intelligence is in it!), betrayal, and even romance. Alexandre Dumas' writing style is rather simple and easy to read, contrary to all assumptions. Well, it is really written as a modern thriller, but you'll not find a single word of crude language in it, of course.

My negative critics relates to this long part in the middle of the story that unfold in Italy and that does not add much to it. It is even totally useless, in my own opinion.

"Le Comte de Monte Cristo" is the story of Edmond Dantes, a young and successful man who is falsely accused of conspiracy against the government by a bunch of envious folks. Edmond Dantes is arrested and is sent to jail for a very long time in a prison located on an island where no one is supposed to survive for long. There he meet an old priest who was has been wrongly accused, like him, whose cells is just next to his. Just before he dies, the priest tells Edmond Dantes he was the guardian of a huge treasure belonging to the Roman Catholic Church in Roma, buried in a cave on a small and deserted island named "Monte Cristo Island" and located in the Mediterranean Sea, near the Italian coast (this Island is fictional too). Edmond Dantes manages to escape just after the priest dies, and is saved from drowning by some Italian fishermen. As he is convinced that the old priest said the truth, he goes to the Monte Cristo Island, and finds the treasure indeed.
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First, let me say, that I'm NOT rating the story. "The Count of Monte Cristo" is in my Top 5 Favorite Books List, and the story gets FIVE STARS.
My Review is to WARN future perspective Buyers of this particular Edition of the book.
That being said, please read below:

I bought this exact book back in on March 3, 2010. Please note title: "2 volumes".

Le Comte de Monte Cristo, 2 volumes (French Edition) [Paperback]
ISBN-10: 0685348911
ISBN-13: 978-0685348918
Paperback: 1450 pages
Publisher: French & European Pubns; Unabridged French edition (August 26, 1998)

Now, either there is an error in the description, or Amazon cannot get my order straight. They only sent me Volume II for my $45.78. I called Amazon and spoke to a Rep. She looked up my order and came to this page. And she told me that my order was correct and this book is only Volume II. (That it's not a 2 Volume Set)
I don't know whether she was dense or what, but she would NOT acknowledge that there is supposed to be a Volume I, and that it's a 2 Volume set. She asked me what the number of the last page was. I told her it was 1450. She said I got what I ordered.
I explained to her that this item is supposed to contain, "2 volumes", ("1450 pages" total). My Volume II book starts after page 700. I told her I wanted the first half of the novel (Volume I).
Well, after 15 minutes of trying to get through to this Rep., she told me that all she could do was Re-Place my order. (At no cost to me)
Two weeks later, I get Volume II. AGAIN.

Trying to get Volume I was futile for me. Apparently, the Reps. can't do anything but Re-Place orders that get messed up, and they cannot put you on the line with a supervisor.
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