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Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes 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...

Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes 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. 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.

Robin Buss’s lively English translation is complete and unabridged, and remains faithful to the style of Dumas’s original. This edition includes an introduction, explanatory notes and suggestions for further reading.

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Number of Pages: 1276

ISBN: 0140449264

ISBN-13: 9780140449266


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I grew up under the cultural bias that "Dumas was for middlebrows", not literary, hence one should quickly read "The Three Musqueteers" when still in puberty, followed by Dickens, then move on to "real" and "literary" novelists like Flaubert, Zola, or, perhaps Balzac, as a prepara...

I grew up under the cultural bias that "Dumas was for middlebrows", not literary, hence one should quickly read "The Three Musqueteers" when still in puberty, followed by Dickens, then move on to "real" and "literary" novelists like Flaubert, Zola, or, perhaps Balzac, as a preparation for, some day, the Russians. Dumas reputation was not helped by a posthumous smear campaign that spread the rumor that Dumas used an entire workshop ("atelier") of ghostwriters, no doubt fed with the French wordplay around a racial connotation ("ghostwriter" has a double meaning in French).

So it was the most pleasant surprise that, during the lockdown of COVID-19, I accidentally got into this. Owing to the early developments around the pandemic, I could not easily concentrate on the usual material, so looking for a historical novel, I opened the book and could not stop. In spite of its length is built like a short (theater) play: there is not a single detail at any point that does'nt later on come to count in the resolution --and you know it instinctively so you do not miss anything. It moves very fast, but is... 1600 pages long (I read the French version).

I cannot vouch for this translation (as I said I read it in the original), but I have not read more absorbing novel written in the past 180 years.

Read old books.

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In the most superficial summary possible, Edmond Dantes is wrongly accused of a crime he didn’t commit and spends his years in jail plotting his revenge. The story is filled with his comeback, the level of detail in his vengeful plans and wealth beyond all imagination. Even a leng...

In the most superficial summary possible, Edmond Dantes is wrongly accused of a crime he didn’t commit and spends his years in jail plotting his revenge. The story is filled with his comeback, the level of detail in his vengeful plans and wealth beyond all imagination. Even a lengthy summary cannot do this book justice.

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The Count of Monte Cristo. Took my 3rd attempt to get past 50 pages, I’ve read it twice now.

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I read that twice. So real n so well written

The count of Monte Cristo. Incredible book.

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The Count of Monte Cristo. Unabridged. Finest book I may have ever read

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Count of Monte Cristo if you haven't actually read the book.

Count of Monte Cristo because it’s essentially an unending opera of Drama, Suspense, Romance, and Betrayal. Also lesbians

The Count of Monte Cristo. There is no other answer.

The Count of Monte Cristo. Read it during lockdown in 2020 and was totally gripped. Beforehand I thought it would basically just be swashbuckling which wasn’t insanely appealing but I was wrong - it was SO much more and so satisfying. Def try the Penguin Classics translation

If you are in the mood for a classic nothing beats "The Count of Monte Cristo"

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The Count of Monte Cristo!