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The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas

anonymous32's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional hopeful reflective fast-paced

5.0

Is this my favourite book of all time? Possibly. This sat on my shelf for four years and then, during the pandemic, I thought it was now or never. And wow. This is so GOOD. I was forever telling family members what the count had been doing that day. This is like the best adventure film in book form. It’s just an absolute wonder. The best treat you could give yourself is a copy of this book.

leahsreadings's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

novelnomad89's review against another edition

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5.0

What a behemoth. It really does have everything. Very emotionally fulfilling, and if you get through it you should count it as at least 3 books.

lee_allen_johnson's review against another edition

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4.0

This is my friend Kevin Prescott's favorite book. Beautifully written.

bibliolucinda's review against another edition

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5.0

“Moral wounds have this peculiarity - they may be hidden, but they never close; always painful, always ready to bleed when touched, they remain fresh and open in the heart.”

“The difference between treason and patriotism is only a matter of dates.”

“All human wisdom is contained in these two words - Wait and Hope.”

Remained brilliant & captivating throughout a whole 1200 pages - 5 stars.

pennym_'s review against another edition

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too long no time :(

deborahst's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark inspiring mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

kairosdreaming's review against another edition

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5.0

I actually don't enjoy many of the classics. I know, it's a horrible thing to say and I must be a horrible person for thinking that way, but it is what it is. That rule doesn't apply to this book though. The Count of Monte Cristo is an excellent book with easy to understand characters and motives.

Edmond Dantes has a lot going for him. He's just been told he's going to be captain of a ship, the woman he loves is going to marry him, and he's able to care for his father in his old age. But that all changes when some rivals of his, jealous of his fortune, denounce him falsely and he is sent off to a remote prison where all he can do is despair. But through another prisoner he finds a chance at escape, and with a treasure buried near, Dantes must remake himself into a man capable of great vengeance.

Dantes is lovable and wonderful. Everything you could hope for in a young man. The Count of Monte Cristo is not so wonderful. He is polished, articulate, and cunning, but there is no joy to him. Everything he does is carefully manipulated and prodded to where it will do him the most good and his enemies ill. In contrast, most of the people he comes in contact with have fairly simple emotions. They either want power, or they are young and in love, guided by their hearts. Maybe I'm simplifying it too much but there was a noticeable difference in the wants of the characters according to their ages.

This is a story all about revenge. And like most tales of revenge it should be gleaned that sometimes it harms the person with the thirst for revenge almost as much as it does the people who deserve it. Sure Dantes is masterful in his manipulation of events, but it comes at a cost. I did enjoy reading about how he was guiding people and scenes to do the best harm to his enemies. It was like watching a puzzle slowly come together. And despite being sometimes vicious it wasn't overly gory or descriptive when it came to violence. The only time I ever tired of the book was when it came to reading the various letters sent by the characters. It wasn't that they weren't well done but I preferred the conversational tone of the rest of the book to the written tone they were presented with.

A great book about revenge and human motivations. I know its fiction but I can't help but think it's such a believable story that it could have happened in real life. One of the classics I can highly recommend reading.

The Count of Monte Cristo
Copyright 2004
510 pages

Review by M. Reynard 2013

More of my reviews can be found at www.ifithaswords.blogspot.com

hwright93's review against another edition

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adventurous reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

ury949's review against another edition

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4.0

A classic with a rewarding plot.