They don t write novels like this any 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 I can readily imagine being a reader of the Journal des D bats between August 1844 and January 1846, impatiently waiting for the next installment of Le Comte de Monte Cristo to be published, eagerly discussing each installment with my friends around the 19th Century equivalent of the water cooler, exclaiming at each plot development, gasping at every cliff hanger 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 The Count of Monte Cristo is probably Dallas than it is The West Wing, but you get the general idea The plot s the thing here 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 than 1200 pages This is the story Edmond Dant s revenge against the three men who caused him to be unjustly accused of treason and imprisoned for fourteen years Dant s, who becomes the Count of Monte Cristo, carries out his revenge after developing a careful plan over many years For him, revenge is most definitely a dish to be eaten cold It s also a dish which causes a degree of moral indigestion, as he comes to realise that what he sees as a divine obligation can have unintended and horrific consequences.It s far from a plausible story and it s fair to say that the theme of revenge is successfully realised than is the theme of redemption 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 Luckily for such an intricately plotted novel, the story moves along at a cracking pace, much of it in dialogue, which makes for an easy read notwithstanding the novel s length 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 One exception is Eug nie Danglars, who has the potential to be very interesting in her own right, although not enough time is spent with her for her potential to be fully realised However, deficiencies in characterisation are 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.audiocite.net Apart from hearing Dumas words as they were written, there was the immense joy of hearing beautiful, literary French, including the wonderful simple past tense, never heard in regular speech I can t say that this is a flawless novel and deserves five stars for that reason 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 It doesn t get much better than that. 36 19 19 19 19 14 11 3 4 19.. In Edmond Dant S, A Young And Successful Merchant Sailor Who Has Just Recently Been Granted The Succession Of His Erstwhile Captain Lecl Re, Returns To Marseille To Marry His Catalan Fianc E Merc D S Thrown In Prison For A Crime He Has Not Committed, Edmond Dant S Is Confined To The Grim Fortress Of If 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 Picture this you are nineteen years old with your whole life ahead of you You ve just been offered the job of your dreams And you re about to marry the person you ve loved since childhood 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 I think it s fair to say you d be feeling a touch bitter about the whole ordeal.This is what happens to the young Edmond Dantes when he is betrayed at first by men jealous of his career and fiancee, then again by a man who sees a opportunity to benefit himself by sending Dantes to his jail cell After spending fourteen years in a gloomy dungeon, Dantes finally has a chance to escape and seek revenge on those who wronged him, whilst also rewarding those who stuck by him and fought to prove his innocence.I always try to read both positive and negative reviews of books so I can understand why people had a different opinion from my own, and the verdict on this from negative reviews seems to fall into one of two categories 1 the book is too long, or 2 they were unable to side with Dantes when he sets out with his vengeful aims Personally, I agree that The Count of Monte Cristo is several novels in one and I m not surprised that it was originally published in installments That being said, though, the story itself is fascinating It brings in historical elements and combines them with a great set of fictional characters to make a very rich story There are parts that are sad and parts that are heartwarming and it all adds up to a great balance of the two.As for the second problem, it is my own personal taste that I love a good revenge story I know forgiveness is supposed to be a virtue blah blah and perhaps it doesn t make me a great person that I couldn t shake the hand of the one who d ruined my life Perhaps But I believe Dantes suffered than anyone in this tale, even after he had got his revenge And I always did cheer for the likes of Beatrix Kiddo So when the avenging angel struck, I was right there with him.I think it says something when a 1200 page novel doesn t bore me for a second, and The Count of Monte Cristo never once dragged as it took me through a plot spanning many years There are several stories being told throughout and I found all of them interesting Dantes betrayal, The Shawshank Redemption style time in prison where Dantes makes a close friend, the historical story of Napoleon s return, and Dantes search for revenge It s hard not to be enthralled by this complex world and its characters My one complaint is the direction Dantes romantic life took in the end, but whatever, there are over a thousand pages of awesomeness here and if you have the time to spare for this book doorstopper possible murder weapon, you should definitely read it.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Over 1200 pages of suffering and revenge I enjoyed it I did not like it quite as much as some of the other big classics I have read, but it was very good The two things that brought it down a bit for me were It felt a bit drawn out than it needed to be At a couple of points I was ready for Dumas to get to the point Some of the plot was very convoluted While this did lend itself well to the Count s intricate plotting, I would occasionally get to a chapter and say, Wait, what A few times I tried to reorient myself with chapter summaries online, but stopped after it became difficult to avoid spoilers With all the negative out of the way, I will say that is was definitely a great book At times it was riveting At others it was clever At pretty much all times it was dark and seemingly hopeless The unabridged is great because it has everything as Dumas wanted it, but it does require quite a bit of commitment.Final judgement A must for those who want to read all the classics, but probably a bit much for the causal reader. Why did no one tell me about this book I mean seriously, I was about a hundred pages in and I wanted to go find my freshman high school English teacher and inflict terrible, intricate revenge on her for depriving me of a great book I figured first I could assume a new identity, perhaps insinuating myself into her life I d make her trust me and put all her faith in me, and then I would UTTERLY CRUSH HER MWAH HA HA HA Seriously, this was an awesome book I am not a big fan of the Classics, really I usually get very bored very quickly with them, especially the Russians I don t know if it s the characters I can t relate to, or the writing that puts me off, but I try to get through them and my interest drops off abruptly Especially the Russians God save me from the Russians.But this This was 1200 pages of concentrated awesome A grand, intricate story of vengeance and I do love my revenge stories that I will definitely read again And watchingV For Vendettais a lot fun. all human wisdom is contained in these two words wait and hope My initial thoughts while staring at this behemoth of a novel were 1 I am going to be reading something very, very descriptive like Victor Hugo s Les Mis rables, 2 it is going to take me forever to finish, and 3 I don t think I am ready for this novel, but I am going to start it anyways Let me state that I LOVE Victor Hugo s work I think his writing style is beautiful and very poetic, but drawn out He could probably describe a blade of grass in the most descriptive way imaginable It is outstanding, and I am a bit jealous of his ability With that saying, you really need to be in the right mood to tackle his work, and to appreciate what he gives you He described the top of Notre Dame like you are standing right on top peering down Paris It is truly remarkable, but I wasn t sure if I was ready to take on the challenge I was in a lazy sort of mood I have to say I was wrong Alexandre Dumas writing style is nothing like Victor Hugo s style He didn t write super descriptively, but I could imagine the main character looking at his elegant art or expensive materials, and smell and taste the black bread, the sea water, and exotic foods that laid before him He wrote in a multitude of different perspectives, but still surrounding the main theme, revenge He intertwined his characters that I felt he was weaving a large blanket, or folding bread There are layers encompassing this novel that I wanted to peel back as quick as possible to figure out what is going through the main character s mind Damn it all, I felt like I was stuck in a perpetual cliff hanger All I wanted was to read one chapter, but CURSES I had to sleep The chapters were at most twenty pages long, and I thought everything was fast pace I was never bored reading this colossal novel The Count of Monte Cristo is about a young sailor named Edmund Dantes He was full of life, happiness, and everything was going well for him, until a group of men set him up Events lead to another, and the poor, good Edmund was incarcerated with hate in his heart Can our poor Dantes get out of jail to seek his justly revenge Read this epic, revenge story about wrongful imprisonment and find out The thing about this story is it s realism Wrongful imprisonment does happen The documentary, Making a Murderer, and the tv show, Rectify, that are featured on Netflix showed people who were supposably wrongfully imprisoned I didn t finish watching both of the shows, so I don t know how they ended The last time I heard the guy in Making a Murderer is back in prison, so who knows This story just brings the idea of how one man takes justice in his own hands when justice failed himThou shalt tear out the teeth of the dragon and trample the lion s underfoot, thus saith the Lord Who doesn t like a good revenge story Seeing someone who was thrown in the darkest pits, to suffer, to be able to shove it all back in their enemies faces I believe that is everyone who was bullied dream, like in Romy and Michelle s High School Reunion view spoiler The Count of Monte Cristo pristinely, but savagely strategizes his abuse on his enemies, that I found is the best form of revenge To get under one s skin, and destroyed all the qualities of that human being is remarkable It is like my younger sister knowing all the buttons to push to get me so agitated that I could scream hide spoiler 2019 is the year I get to my backlist and re read some of the classics I haven t visited in years 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 Re Read on audio and still on my favorites list ALL THE FREAKING FEELS I never in a million years would have thought I would love this book I never thought I would like something like this book I never thought I would fall in love with Dantes I never thought I would have so much anger, sadness, despair and happiness in this book I never thought, did I SOME SPOILERS Edmond Dantes was a wonderful man of 19 years old He had a woman he loved and was going to marry named Mercedes A loving father And he was going to be captain of the wonderful ship, Pharaon The the jealous bastards or just bastards in general ruined life for Dantes 1 Danglars2 Fernand3 VillefortI hate these men with such a passion I just wanted someone to kill their evil selves All of the jerks had a hand in putting Dantes in prison for 14 effing years Yeah For what For NOTHING Dantes was in such despair he was going to starve himself to death I can t even Then one night Dantes hears a scratching sound and soon realizes someone is tunneling Dantes decides to tunnel as well At some point the two of them tunnel to each other Dantes gets to meet Abbe Faria, the mad man so they say in the cell next door Abbe Faria thinks he s tunneling out to freedom but he made a miscalculation But Dantes and Abbe devise a new plan and this takes some years to do all of this tunneling But the Abbe is old and sick and having seizures He s not going to be able to make it so Dantes waits with him He is like another father figure to Dantes And who in the hell but Dantes would wait and not leave his friend Because Dantes is good and kind and loving Abbe Faria is also the one that opens Dantes eyes to who the culprits were that put him in jail Poor Dantes couldn t see this at the time and he couldn t read what we were reading so he had no clue Abbe Faria also tells Dantes about tons of gold and jewels that he has hidden on the island of Monte Cristo He makes Dantes remember everything about getting there and where to find the treasure Unfortunately, Abbe Faria dies and it was so sad Dantes was so grief stricken over his friend Dantes decided to leave then as he had nothing else to stay for and he put himself in Abbe Faria s place all wrapped up waiting to be buried Well, he doesn t actually get buried but thrown out to sea and luckily Dantes managed to save himself We go on to read of the tale of how Dantes gets to Monte Cristo and soon he is beyond rich and he is so smart and ready to get IT DONE And Dantes doesn t just run off and kill people He s smart He tears down their houses, their world without them knowing who he is until the bitter end And all of the riches they acquired while he rotted in jail was disgusting Anyway, some people did die but that s of little importance Dantes is also kind to all of the people that were kind to him or tried to help him while he was in jail He s such a wonderful person Yes, I know I keep saying that He helps Morrel and his family when they were about to lose everything They even lost the Pharaon but Dantes brings him a new one without Morrel even knowing where the ship came from Dantes gave them money He helped the family even after Morrel was gone I cried and cried at his generosity And to sit and read of all the plans and all of the people crumble The only person to recognize Dantes, even with his disguises, was Mercedes But she went and married freaking Fernand and had a kid Dantes was friends with Mercedes son but things could never be good for them again And it s so, so sad for so many involved Oh, and Dantes called himself Sinbad the Sailor and The Count of Monte Cristo Of course I guess if you own a rock and gold and jewels and many other things, you can call yourself anything you want I can t sit here and go on and on about the book It s freaking 1276 pages I m not that good of a reviewer to tell you something good about that many pages Just know THIS BOOK is freaking AWESOME If you have been debating on reading it and afraid of it s size, who cares, just read it I mean you can take two months or however long to enjoy Dantes and his adventures, but don t let the tome bother you It s not boring at all NOT ONE BIT I give it all the stars Sail on dear, Dantes MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List Spoiler alert First, make sure you find a copy that is unabridged Most editions in English ARE abridged, but usually don t say they are Not sure if this Penguin edition is, it s not the one i read Readers generally think of this as a tale of revenge For me, it was much deeper I m not a religious person at all, but for me this is a book that makes you question the existence of God or a god Edmond Dantes is without flaw, a truly good person, and his life is ruined because a others envy him and b he was the victim of an unfortunate coincidence Even when he escapes prison and finds a monumental treasure, it is years before he finds peace I dont think he ever finds happiness The questions it raises are why are good people so often punished by horrible tragedies when truly bad people are so often able to float through life with all the rewards that this world can bestow The other question Dantes spends much of his life after prison seeking the people who tossed into the oubliette not to get revenge but to punish them He believes he is the angel of god and that he has been freed from prison so he can do god s will by punishing these evil men But as he proceeds in his quest, he begins to question whether any man can actually be the angel of god, whether it s a sign of mania or even insanity to think you can possibly know what is god s will In the end, evil is punished, and it is because of wheels that Dantes sets in motion But I don t think he is ever able to know if he is just another man seeking to ruin other men, or if he is in fact the angel of god It s a question that, as a journalist, I try to always remember we are none of us the angel of god All we can do is try to live the best life we can and not decide who deserves to be punished or even ruined.