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I'm slightly too ashamed to read outright trash in public — but this is definitely not the context in which I wish to challenge myself. Complex literary prize-winners are for domestic train journeys, with plastic-flavoured tea and rain worming across the windows. My ideal beach read, therefore, is a thrilling story in a classy, classic jacket. You can keep your musketeers — to me, Monte Cristo is the acme of Alexandre Dumas pere's oeuvre, demonstrating his inimitable mastery of high adventure, deadly intrigue, revenge, and general derring-do.

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But, framed by his jealous rivals as a Bonapartist traitor, he is arrested on his wedding day and summarily imprisoned. The years of his youth are lost; his father has died in penury.

Despite its plethora of plot strands, places, and characters, and its layers of detail, rendered with a miniaturist's anxious exactitude, The Count of Monte Cristo remains compulsively readable. You'll be charged, but if no seats are available on show day you'll be refunded. Your order will be reviewed per your request. You can call our Box Office if you would like help selecting seats that are best for you: 1. Wheelchair seats are only available for alternately-abled patrons.

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Do you want to continue? A friend told me that Dorothy Dunnett loved Dumas, so it makes sense that her character is similar to Dumas'. Dorothy Dunnett's novel, Game of Kings , is more complex than Dumas' story. The problems I had with the book were the length, so many characters, time, and just confusion. I wouldn't change the length of the book for all the skittles in the rainbow, but it is intimating to look at. Funny thing, my daughter loves to pick up this book and pretend to read about a fluffy cloud that falls out of the sky.

Apparently she isn't that scared of the book. There were so many characters, and sometimes I would forget one. When they reappeared awhile later I would have to look them up to figure out their place in the story.

Time seemed to fly by, and I wasn't certain of the time line of events, which left me confused and asking questions. Lastly, I was just generally confused trying to understand Edmund plan. I am pretty sure he juked me out in every corner, and I couldn't guess what would happen next.

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Everything does come clear, and you just have to wait patiently for the results. Here is what I recommend you doing. If you decide to read this book, and you want the physical copy buy a hardcover. I am telling you for your own safety, buy the hardcover version. I know it cost a pretty penny, but you will thank me. I have the paperback version, and I ripped apart of the cover. I don't like to wreck my binding, so the novel was just hard to hold because of it's thickness.

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I wish I had the hardcover version, it would of been worth the buy. Read this novel slowly, and let everything flow. Everything will be made clear, and satisfying. Also, try to find the right version. Some versions have missing parts, as I was told. I did watch the film with Robert Donat, and I was surprised at all the differences.

I understand they couldn't fit everything in one movie, because there is way too much stuff that goes on, but a few things I was shocked to see changed. It is still a good movie, don't get me wrong. He had a great mustache! I am just saying that is one damn impressive mustache.

There was a sword fight, and Robert Donat acted great. Sadly, it just wasn't the same, and left me disappointed. There was a hole left in my heart. I am in search of the other versions of this famous novel.

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I shall wait and hope. The question is how much do I really love this book? Well, I am willing to re-read it, and I hope to read more of Dumas' work soon, that is how much I loved this story. The Count of Monte Cristo is a remarkable, fast pace, epic revenge story about a man who was incarcerated for a crime he did not commit.

I do recommend reading this huge novel at least once. Happy reading. Jan 06, Chelsea Humphrey rated it it was amazing Shelves: library , favorites. It's been over a decade since I last read The Count of Monte Cristo , which is easily my favorite classic novel to date. Looking forward to taking my time through this one alongside my other reads!

View all 33 comments. Dec 22, Kim rated it it was amazing Shelves: audiobook , all-time-favourites , french-language. They don't write novels like this anymore. That's because they make television drama series and soap operas instead. To my mind, this novel is the 19th Century equivalent of a long-running and compelling television series. What fun it has been over the past few weeks to consume The Count of Monte Cristo in much the same way as I watched all seven seasons of The West Wing one after another a few years ago: wanting to spend as much time as I could with the story, yet simultaneously wanting to slow down in order to prolong the enjoyment, loving almost every moment of it.

Dumas and his collaborator August Maquet created a dense and complex story, the many threads of which are woven together into a most satisfying whole, with no threads left loose at the end of more than pages. For him, revenge is most definitely a dish to be eaten cold. The plot is indeed totally over the top, with elements of fable and fairy tale, replete with Orientalist imagery which for me brought to mind The Arabian Nights.

Characterisation is somewhat sacrificed in the process of weaving the many strands of the plot together. While the Count himself is a compelling character, other characters are less so and female characters in particular are rather flat. However, deficiencies in characterisation are more than made up for by the sheer thrill of the tale. My enjoyment of The Count of Monte Cristo has been increased by it being a buddy read with several members of the Comfort Reads group.

It has also been increased by listening to it as a French language audiobook downloaded from www. But I was on the edge of my seat as I listened to it for some 47 hours. As I neared the end, I started wondering just how soon I could justify a re-read. View all 40 comments. Every soap opera ever produced owes an enormous amount of debt to The Count of Monte Cristo , a sprawling, messy, over-the-top, gleefully melodramatic bitchslap fest. And to those who wronged him by association? Thou shalt also receive a furious bitchslap! Clemency shall only Every soap opera ever produced owes an enormous amount of debt to The Count of Monte Cristo , a sprawling, messy, over-the-top, gleefully melodramatic bitchslap fest.

Clemency shall only be bestowed upon the righteous and goodly. Over the centuries, many literary characters have aspired to be badasses - with middling to average results. Upon being accused of a crime he most certainly didn't commit, forcefully separated from the woman he loves, and imprisoned for an absurd amount of time in a remote, Alcatraz-like jail, our hero begins to craft his utterly convoluted revenge plot on the assholes who backstabbed him.

It is a cleverly scaffolded plan indeed, but it would make even the most far-fetched plotline of Days of Our Lives seem plausible. That is, it is insufferably ridiculous but unbelievably enjoyable to watch unfold. Multiple backstories also unfold, further detailing the astonishing depth of his plot while also providing the reader with the nagging suspicion that author Alexandre Dumas was not playing with a full deck of cards.

It's as if every idea that ever popped into Dumas' delirious brain makes an appearance in the book. Maybe that's why it's 1, pages. Oh is the payoff worth it, though. If revenge is a dish best served cold, then the final three hundred pages of the book achieve Antarctic levels of chilliness.

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There is much begging and pleading. But mercy will not be granted. Because you were an idiot and had no idea who you were fucking with: the Greatest Badass of Western Literature. Bow down. View all 19 comments. It is one of the author's most popular works, along with The Three Musketeers.