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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book Made Better By This Painstaking, Highly-Readable Translation, June 22, 2012
This review is from: The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics) (Kindle Edition)
I cannot add anything new to the adulations already written about the Robin Buss translation of my favorite all-time novel. It is the best translation of the best novel ever written. I've read four different versions so I feel qualified to make this claim. Remember, Dumas' plot was virtually ripped-off by General Lew Wallace as he formulated the plot for another great novel - Ben Hur.

DO NOT BUY an unabridged version, it will ruin this veritable work of art for you. It would be like viewing the Sistine Chapel back wall and never seeing the ceiling.

Now, there is a self-serving purpose to my review besides giving Buss props. When I visited Venice for the first time in 1999 I fell in love with the place. When I returned home, I looked, in vain, for a Monte Cristo-esque story set in Venice. It didn't exist. Sooooo . . . I wrote it. I have inserted the links to the two books in case you are interested in getting another Monte Cristo "fix" set in fifteenth-century Venice. I don't claim they are as good as "The Count" but I don't get any complaints from readers. Here are the links:The Lion of St. Mark (The Venetians, Book 1)The Sword of Venice: Book Two of The Venetians
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