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McConnell. See all 69 questions about The Count of Monte Cristo…, Books That Everyone Should Read At Least Once, 40 of the Most Popular Translated Books on Goodreads. Highly recommend! ungeons. I read this my senior year of high school as it was on the list of recommended reading for advanced English. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. WHO WROTE THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO? Over his career, Dumas was responsible for about 650 books. It is an extraordinary and rapid change, the Lord has smiled upon you, is it because you are an emissary of God? ― Alexandre Dumas, quote from The Count of Monte Cristo “All human wisdom is contained in these two words - Wait and Hope ... Each quote represents a book that is interesting, well written and has potential to enhance the reader’s life. Government Official. In the novel there are two characters that were slaves and are “bought out” by the Count, and thereby gain their freedom. Fraud and live burial. The identity Dantès assumes when he emerges from prison and inherits his vast fortune. Working with a collaborator or ghost writer is a step beyond this, however, and should be acknowledged. “You do not know that every day of those fourteen years I renewed the vow of vengeance which I had made the first day ..”. According to the Italian writer and professor Umberto Eco, in an intriguing introduction to the Everyman edition of The Count of Monte Cristo (repeated in this article in The Paris Review): ‘The Count of Monte Cristo is of course one of the most gripping novels ever written, and on the other hand one of the most badly written of all time and of all literatures.’. Though capable, he is close to being a stock character and has a largely passive role. Edmond Dantes begins the story as a naive young sailor with a simple education. But I would like to elaborate, read on if you’re interested – if not scroll down to a selection of quotes and illustrations from the novel. it's only in last 2-3 years that i have started collecting these lovely penguin classics editions and i emphasis here on "collecting" as it is easier than reading. It’s as Eco describes. The island is 10.39 km2 or 4.01 miles2. These two ingredients are mixed in equal proportions, and formed into pills.”. I do not agree with censcorship. Eco suggests that without radically altering the novel he could have removed 25% of the text, yet he decided to abandon the task because he felt that readers accepted and loved the eccentricities and weaknesses in the writing, it was part of what made it iconic and helped build the mythology that surrounds it. Jail breaks and the risen dead. Picaud poisoned another of the conspirators, lured Loupian’s son into crime and his daughter into prostitution, then finally stabbed Loupian himself. Proofers and professional readers. He fails to protect Dantès and then turns to crime. It’s direct, visual and easy to understand. Someone has put up a web page about that: https://spjg.com/2018/12/11/which-english-edition-of-the-count-of-monte-cristo-should-i-read/ – Although I didn’t see this until after I had chosen my edition. He may also have included some character summaries. Have faith, dear reader. Unfortunates, who ought to begin with God, do not have any hope in him till they have exhausted all other means of deliverance.”, “I have no fear of ghosts, and I have never heard it said that so much harm had been done by the dead during 6,000 years as it brought by the living in a single day.”, “My son, philosophy as I understand it, is reducible to no rules by which it can be learned; it is the amalgamation of all the sciences, the golden cloud which bears the soul to heaven.”, “Yes; I am a supercargo; pen, ink, and paper are my tools, and without my tools I am fit for nothing.”, “Great is the truth, fire can not burn, nor water can drown it!”, “A man is always in a hurry to be happy.”, “God may seem sometimes to forget for a while, whilst his justice reposes, but there always comes a moment when he remembers.”, “Danglars [the banker] was one of those men born with a pen behind the ear, and an inkstand in place of a heart. The Count of Monte Cristo. Most popular novels of all time (hugely read, but no reliable sales information). I figured first I could assume a new identity, perhaps insinuating myself into her life. She also has a mostly passive role. And the second is Haydée, a ‘Greek’ girl (actually she is Albanian). With the fall of Napoleon in 1814, Picaud, now called Joseph Lucher, was released; in the following year, after collecting the hidden treasure, he returned to Paris. Based on a true story Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. None of the plot is a red herring. Stock market manipulations and bank collapses. Welcome back. This book is long. And our habits become part of us, good or ill. Over the course of the novel the Count has a victory of sorts, but it has cost him everything worth living for. Mysterious talk of vampires, ghosts and bodies in the garden. Caderousse, a neighbor, learned of the plot but kept silent. It’s waiting patiently for you until you’re ready. For some readers this will be uncomfortable. And yet you spend the next fourteen years in solitary confinement in the dungeon of a notorious island prison. You will miss out massively if you read the abridged version. Theatrical Productions. Even with a modern translation it is hard not to recognise some of that. We had travelled 1250 pages with Dumas, we could have managed another 50 to develop the relationship between the Count and Haydee. It needs much adaptation and creative fire to make anything of it, let alone create a 176 year old classic. May 27th 2003 Interesting real life stories are out there waiting for budding writers to adopt them. All that’s kept you going is the brief friendship and mentorship of a fellow prisoner (a cleric scholar) in the cell next door. I do sometimes, soldier though I am.” Eco also felt that dragging the novel’s prose out heightened the delight and agony. When, suddenly, a couple of jealous men decide to frame you as a Bonapartist (a crime which was punished by death or life imprisonment) and have you sent away to rot in an island prison. From start to finish thoroughly enjoyable, Alexandre Dumas’ 1200 page revenge epic. Who wants to believe that there are several others in the bed? I do what I please, M. Beauchamp, and it is always well done.” “Sir,” replied the young man, “honest men are not to be paid with such coin.”. The thrust of the accusation, apparently, was that Dumas was so productive it must be more than just him doing the writing. 7.5" by 11": 333 Pages. 2019 is the year I get to my backlist and re-read some of the classics I haven't visited in years. It is a tale that can satisfy the fantasies of anyone that has ever dreamed of winning the lottery. The Count of Monte Cristo (French: Le Comte de Monte-Cristo) is an adventure novel by French author Alexandre Dumas completed in 1844. A pleasure [or pain] anticipated is a pleasure [or pain] doubled. This novel is the nineteenth century equivalent of Game of Thrones (TV series), but with more focus and a better ending. This one is a thumping good read and the ultimate revenge story. But not a quick read, of course. SLAVES AND SLAVERY Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read The Count of Monte-Cristo: Volume 1. Moving, clever, compelling and very satisfying. The Count of Monte Cristo has a million subplots, the most intricate character relationships and conflicts. #2: “Oh, God,” said Monte Cristo, “your vengeance may sometimes be slow in coming, but I think that then it is all the more complete.” #3: Woman is sacred; the woman one loves is holy. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. There are no charges, no trial and you do not receive a formal sentence. Nevertheless, I'm starting it tonight and I, Lol, it was required reading for my older siblings, but not for me because I wasn't in the gifted program. Old Uncle Tom Cobbleigh and all. It's been over a decade since I last read, Every soap opera ever produced owes an enormous amount of debt to, [Babies are buried and brought back to life, [Girls dress as men and abscond to faraway hotels, [Men murder their wives in cold blood over diamonds, [Paraplegic mutes communicate with only their eyeballs. All they need to do is pick one and develop it into a blockbuster yarn. And maybe if he didn't get to take off in the end with a hero-worshipping young trophy wife. Undoubtedly because of vast energy, much talent and a “write as I speak” writing method – but also by collaborating with others. The book is considered a literary classic today. Most of us like to think that our favourite books are the work of a lone genius. The story commences just before the Hundred Days of Napoleon and continues on to the reign of King Louis-Philippe. You can also read the full text online using our ereader. MWAH-HA-HA-HA!!!! You were writing.”, “Ah, true, I was writing. It is one of the author's most popular works, along with The Three Musketeers. No country can say it saw my birth. The cookbook appeared as Le Grand Dictionaire de Cuisine (1,150 pages). Artist. Disguising himself, and offering a valuable diamond to Allut, the one man in the group who had been unwilling to collaborate in the denunciation, he learned the identity of his enemies. This is my husband’s favorite book! Illustration from the premiere of a theatre production (1848). DO NOT miss this remarkable novel. As the Count he is on a mission of vengeance and has frightening superpowers to help him. Dumas’ epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first serialized in the 1840s. The Count of Monte-Cristo - Vol. (6) (i) The death of Abbé Faria in the dungeons. Lost ships and lesbian escapes. Three compartments divided the coffer. Lol, it was required reading for my older siblings, but not for me because I wasn't in the gifted program. 1 is an unchanged, high-quality reprint of the original edition of 1888. The story is told using a rollicking devil-may-care approach that invites you to read holding your breath or smiling, rather than in admiration of the nuance and precision in the language. And unabridged. And yet you are gloriously rich. Actor. Illustration from the premiere of a theatre production (1848). It is a mixture of excellent opium, which I fetched myself from Canton in order to have it pure, and the best hashish which grows in the East—that is, between the Tigris and the Euphrates. Here he discovered that Marguerite had married Loupian. To see what your friends thought of this book, You will miss out massively if you read the abridged version. I really had doubts about reading it as I didn't really know much about it and it is quite a chunky book; but I absolutely fell in love with this book! Project Gutenberg's The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas, père This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You are now 33 years old. Book vs. Movie: The Count of Monte Cristo. I might put it on my next classics list so I can give myself plenty of time. It could have so easily been a woolly mess, instead of the long drawn out controlled explosion that it is. At age 19, he was about to marry his fiancée and become a captain when those three men sent him to prison for no reason. “My kingdom is bounded only by the world, for I am not an Italian, or a Frenchman, or a Hindu, or an American, or a Spaniard—I am a cosmopolite. According to Luc Sante, "The Count of Monte Cristo has become a fixture of Western civilization's literature, as inescapable and immediately identifiable as Mickey Mouse, Noah's flood, and the story of Little Red Riding Hood." It’s probably fair to say that she is adoring of the Count throughout. “But what are you about there? If you enjoy the work of Alexandre Dumas, be happy that he worked with a number of collaborators and was able to be so prolific. Nevertheless, I'm starting it tonight and I am very excited, Funny! ( Log Out /  You are 19 years old, handsome, clever and about to marry the girl of your dreams. The literary world of the Long Nineteenth Century, c.1789 – 1914, Book review – The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1844), “Hatred is blind; rage carries you away; and he who pours out vengeance runs the risk of tasting a bitter draught.”. Jamie Crockart. I love the illustrations you used. But now i have been slowly going through my physical bookshelf. Ferdinand Mondego wished to wed Mercedes, who was affianced to Edmond. The Count of Monte Cristo. The Dumas style of writing uses four colours: black and white, red (blood) and purple (prose). There are posh houses with fabulous decors. They both live in the Count’s house on the Champs-Elysees. Refresh and try again. yes. Seller Inventory # 002255 A burning desire for revenge gives Dantes the strength to endure captivity, the will to escape, and a life purpose once he is free. Is it not a hall in Death’s anteroom?”, “Say no more, I entreat you. The Count Of Monte Cristo has to be one of the biggest surprises for me this year. The book tells the story of Edmond Dantès, who reinvents himself as the Count of Monte Cristo in order to take revenge on three people who betrayed him. So one of the nice things Goodreads has done for me is bring me some really cool friends who inspire me to flex my brain a little harder and read more classics. I joined a classics reading group and carefully chose books that I thought I would like, and am thrilled to say that I have read some wonderful stories. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I will send him to your website! I do sometimes, soldier though I am.”, “I have already had the honour of telling you I was”, ‘There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. As it happens the creator of The Hulk, Stan Lee, has said he was inspired in his creation by Frankenstein (1818) and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) [BOOK REVIEW]. Read Online. 906. I like holding my breath and smiling so this is definitely one for the list! Affairs and romance. The Count Of Monte Cristo is the story that teaches us an important moral lesson. It's been a long time coming but I finally found the time to gather my thoughts on this tome. Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes is confined to the grim fortress of If. The writer of the novels that Game of Thrones is based on, George R. R. Martin, has said that he is often criticised for gratuitous material, especially “unnecessary sex, violence, feasting and heraldry” [Interview, YT]. Dumas and Maquet worked on 18 novels and many plays together, including The Count of Monte Cristo and the d’Artagnan Romances. But it kills the young Dantes in the process. Located in the Tyrrhenian Sea and administered by Italy. Once again, I am indebted to Robin Buss’s introduction to the Penguin edition of the novel for informing us that it was Macquet that suggested The Count of Monte Cristo include Dante’s arrest and imprisonment, rather than beginning the story in Rome (after the escape and the securing of the treasure). Join me and plunge into the literary world of the Long Nineteenth Century, c.1789 - 1914. Edmund Dantes is easily one of my new all time favourite characters. And I now have two all time favourite classics. after the childrens' version I read the complete book, great, story of revenge, well crafted, full of adventure, a must read for everyone... what a page turning timeless classic... [ as the introduction mentions : "There are not many children's books, even in our own time, that involve a female serial poisoner, two cases of infanticide, a stabbing and three suicides; an extended scene of torture and execution; drug-induced sexual fantasies, illegitimacy, transvestism and lesbianism; a display of the author's classical learning, and his knowledge of modern European history, the customs and diet of the Italians, the effects of hashish, and so on.". Eco says that he was commissioned to translate an edition of the novel, but abandoned the task after 100 pages despite his admiration for the book and the author: The book is full of holes .. Shameless in repeating the same adjective from one line to the next .. it is mechanical and clumsy in its portrayal of feelings: the characters either quiver, or turn pale, or they wipe away large drops of sweat that run down their brow .. they rise convulsively from a chair and fall back into it, while the author always takes care, obsessively, to repeat that the chair onto which they collapsed again was the same one on which they were sitting a second before. The Count of Monte Cristo’s page turning qualities come from it’s daredevil charm, unstoppable energy and joy of life. Over 1200 pages of suffering and revenge! The first is the staunchly loyal servant, Ali, who is mute so cannot speak for himself. Brand new Book. . Then in 1858, the pair fell out over money, which the debt-ridden Dumas owed his ghost writer. (7) ‘Alone with these countless, these unheard of fabulous treasures.’. “How did I escape? Monte Cristo advanced into the room; Maximilian was obliged to let him pass, but he followed him. If you’ve only read one of the abridged versions (less than 600 pages) or you’ve only seen one of the many film versions, you haven’t really experienced this novel. I'd make her trust me and put all her faith in me, and then I would UTTERLY CRUSH HER!!! The denunciation was inspired by a café owner, Mathieu Loupian, who was jealous of Picaud’s relationship with Marguerite. The same can be said of show business, the movie world and the music industry. These run to some 37 million words, or an average of 16,000 words written weekly over four decades and 15 titles a year. Hashish and a female serial poisoner. (13) The real Chateau d’If. You are accused of a political crime you know nothing about. Researchers and translators. I once had someone ask me why did I bother reading it and just watch one of the many movies instead. Ultimately it is only the love of Haydée that will save the Count. (2) The notorious Château d’If island prison. These are qualities that appear to have been part of Dumas’s own character, rather than Maquet’s. I really had doubts about reading it as I didn't really know much about it and it is quite a chunky book; but I absolutely fell in love with this book! THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO de Dumas et d'autres livres, articles d'art et de collection similaires disponibles sur AbeBooks.fr. This book is available for free download in a number of formats - including epub, pdf, azw, mobi and more. .. one word from you has enlightened me more than twenty years of slow experience; I have but you in the world, Haydée; through you I again take hold on life ..”. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! And you're about to marry the person you've loved since childhood. 2. Picaud was eventually .. shut up in the castle of Fenestrelle, where he acted as servant to a rich Italian cleric. I have never read a major nineteenth century novel that covers slaves and slavery as freely as The Count of Monte Cristo. Based on the famous novel by Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo tells the story of a man who is unjustly imprisoned with an old man who, before dying, reveals the place where a treasure is buried. Among them are novels both long and short which contain, it has been estimated, four thousand main characters, nine thousand secondary roles, and 25,000 walk-on parts.” [source: Guardian newspaper]. To appreciate Eco’s point, imagine re-editing and reducing by one quarter various iconic films so they have a more efficient, condensed style: Pulp Fiction, The Wicker Man, Casablanca, 2001, Dr. Strangelove, or any Monty Python film. If only Dumas had written a sequel to The Count of Monte Cristo. Alas, your father has died of starvation. Public Figure. The end of the novel seems rushed. It's been a long time since I've read an adventurous novel and even longer that a book with over 1000 pages managed to entertain me from start to finish. “God has sustained me in my struggle with my enemies, and has given me this reward; he will not let me end my triumph in suffering; I wished to punish myself, but he has pardoned me. I say on my About page that, as a page turner (“thumping good read”), I rate it second only to The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. “Ah, true, I was writing. Maquet took him to court three times, asking not just for money but recognition. (showing now on Starz for those interested). (8) Three major characters from the novel: (i) Gérard de Villefort: Chief deputy prosecutor, (ii) Baron Danglars: Dantès’ junior officer and later a wealthy banker, and (iii) Gaspard Caderousse, originally a tailor and later the owner of an inn. She has an interesting back story and tremendous character potential if only Dumas had invested more in this aspect of his story. As usual, a pilot put off immediately, and rounding the Chateau d'If, got on board the vessel between Cape Morgion and Rion island. (14) The real island of Monte Cristo (‘Montecristo’). What comes next is high adventure and delicious melodrama with lashings of 1840s lifestyle porn. Public Figure. Within weeks you possess a treasure that has few equals on this earth. As with the Hulk, the Count of Monte Cristo is extremely destructive in his rage. By. View all posts by The Long Victorian, What a great review! Clothing (Brand) Achilles - Greek hero. My initial verdict still stands: this was fucking great! (I will need to read it, per my dear husband’s request. olitary confinement. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.’, “All human wisdom is contained in these two words – Wait and Hope”, “The difference between treason and patriotism is only a matter of dates.”, “…The friends we have lost do not repose under the ground…they are buried deep in our hearts. In the first line of my book review, I say that the book was written by Alexandre Dumas (working with a collaborator), and I’m happy with that. No ordinary revenge will do. The Count of Monte Cristo, French Le Comte de Monte-Cristo, Romantic novel by French author Alexandre Dumas père (possibly in collaboration with Auguste Maquet), published serially in 1844–46 and in book form in 1844–45. The Count of Monte Cristo - FULL AudioBook | Greatest AudioBooks Part 1 (V3) S P E C I A L O F F E R try Audiobooks .com for FREE! [ The Count's revenge extends itself to innocent members of the original plotters' families, which he justifies by (wrong-headedly) quoting the Old Testament scripture about the punishment of God extending itself to the third and fourth generations of their children. This would have been a five-star book for me if it had been clearer that the Count had paid a heavy psychological or spiritual price for going down such a dark path. ‘Dumas’s novel is a machine that prolongs the agony, where what counts is not the quality of the death throes but their duration.’. “When you compare the sorrows of real life to the pleasures of the imaginary one, you will never want to live again, only to dream forever.”. Editors and sub-editors. Alexandre Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo Chapter Summary. Sadly we can only dream, the author himself never wrote a sequel (although there are seven written by other people). It certainly is not a short book but do not allow that to put you off. There is a limit to how many books you can read in a lifetime, so why not read the best or the most fun first? We’d love your help. Alexandre Dumas found the story in a collection of criminal cases recorded by Jacques Peuchet, a former police archivist. “Oh, yes,” returned Monte Cristo; “I make no secret of it. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. The Count of Monte Cristo. I really had doubts about reading it as I didn't really know much about it and it is quite a chunky book; but I absolutely fell in love with this book! Book. We don’t know exactly what support he provided, but it may have been historical research and then the breaking down of that research into chapter and plot outlines. The Count of Monte Cristo, ... Dumas published the book in 1846. Edmund Dantes is easily one of my new all time favourite characters. The Count of Monte-Cristo: Volume 1 - Ebook written by Alexandre Dumas. “I?” So, turn off your TV, log off of Twitter, cancel your Netflix subscription, and get your hands on this book. Commodus Augustus . It is also the story of an individual victorious in the face of gross injustice, an evergreen theme. (4) An unexpected guest for Edmond Dantes. (10) How a Gardener [or Telegrapher] May Get Rid of the Dormice that Eat His Peaches. If you haven’t read him yet, he influenced many other writers, so you have probably enjoyed him vicariously. You and the author alone together in conjugal bliss. last year I read David Copperfield and this year it's Idiot and now this. His shipmate, Danglars, coveted his designation as the captain of the mighty Pharon. Why did no one tell me about this book? S ] complete works are qualities that appear to have been part of Dumas ’ s daredevil charm unstoppable. 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