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. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Illustration from the premiere of a theatre production (1848). 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. Okay, I started Idiot and Cristo last year and finally finished reading them this year. (and bring on more Alexandre Dumas! All that’s kept you going is the brief friendship and mentorship of a fellow prisoner (a cleric scholar) in the cell next door. As usual, a pilot put off immediately, and rounding the Chateau d'If, got on board the vessel between Cape Morgion and Rion island. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. ( Log Out /  To see what your friends thought of this book, You will miss out massively if you read the abridged version. Have faith, dear reader. His view is “Advancing the plot is not what it’s all about, it’s about immersing [the reader] in the world.” Yet The Count of Monte Cristo is an example of how it is possible to both further the plot and immerse the reader in another world. 7.5" by 11": 333 Pages. Blain from Predator. It's been a long time coming but I finally found the time to gather my thoughts on this tome. Book. 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. This is my husband’s favorite book! Love me then, Haydée! 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. 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! Highly recommend! The first is the staunchly loyal servant, Ali, who is mute so cannot speak for himself. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Revenge is a dish best served cold. I read the Penguin Classics edition with the Robin Buss translation. You were writing.” Based on a true story (11) Edmond Dantes and Haydee. They both live in the Count’s house on the Champs-Elysees. We’d love your help. Actor. There are posh houses with fabulous decors. On coming out of jail, he started to blackmail Picaud. [Source: Guardian, see below]. Eventually, the evil is more than reversed, initially by revenge, which in time is tempered by love, empathy, pure good luck, and ends with contrition and justice. Caderousse, a neighbor, learned of the plot but kept silent. And that’s another book my husband loves! 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. Book Quizzes; The Count of Monte Cristo; Baby Book Club | Ages 0-2; Kids Book Club | Ages 3-6; Chapter Book Club | Ages 7-10; Board Books; Picture Books; Chapter Books; The Very Hungry Caterpillar ; Facing Fears | Topic; The Great Gatsby | Book Quotes; Harry Potter | Quiz; Book Subscription The Ultimate. I'd make her trust me and put all her faith in me, and then I would UTTERLY CRUSH HER!!! Read Online. How did he do it? Start by marking “The Count of Monte Cristo” as Want to Read: Error rating book. [ 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. None of the plot is a red herring. The Count of Monte Cristo has a million subplots, the most intricate character relations. The Count of Monte-Cristo - Vol. Most of the others will not be well known or distinguished. Given that it was serially published -- meaning Dumas made his money by the word -- it's obvious why it's so damn long. If only Dumas had written a sequel to The Count of Monte Cristo. This is close to the plot of the famous novel with all it’s twists and turns, but it’s not a magical formula. And I now have two all time favourite classics. He endures great hardship and injustice, before transforming himself and reappearing in the guise of the Count of Monte Cristo. He fails to protect Dantès and then turns to crime. But not a quick read, of course. Even with a modern translation it is hard not to recognise some of that. I might put it on my next classics list so I can give myself plenty of time. The Dumas style of writing uses four colours: black and white, red (blood) and purple (prose). Lost innocence cannot be reclaimed. ), Thank you! Change ). Most of us like to think that our favourite books are the work of a lone genius. Despite the huge cast of characters, twists and sub-plots, all the elements come together in the end. Ultimately it is only the love of Haydée that will save the Count. Historical fiction (anything set in a period prior to when published). It is one of the author's most popular works, along with The Three Musketeers. Hashish and a female serial poisoner. Jail breaks and the risen dead. I would like to read the abridged version but I feel like I might be missing out on a big chunk of the story. I figured first I could assume a new identity, perhaps insinuating myself into her life. 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. In one court case a judge awarded Maquet proceeds on their joint efforts, but refused to allow joint accreditation on the books because “Dumas without Maquet would have been Dumas: what would Maquet have been without Dumas?”. You are 19 years old, handsome, clever and about to marry the girl of your dreams. Children’s novels (in an abridged version). Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. And yet you spend the next fourteen years in solitary confinement in the dungeon of a notorious island prison. I read the Penguin Classics edition with the Robin Buss translation. 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! His shipmate, Danglars, coveted his designation as the captain of the mighty Pharon. However, while this was going on, Allut had fallen out with the merchant to whom he had resold the diamond, had murdered him and had been imprisoned. 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. And I now have two all time favourite classics. My hunch is that this was a good decision. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. For some readers this will be uncomfortable. This novel is the nineteenth century equivalent of Game of Thrones (TV series), but with more focus and a better ending. 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.’. All the reader needs to do is — ‘wait and hope’. 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. . When the man died, abandoned by his family, he left his money to Picaud, whom he had come to treat as a son, also informing him of the whereabouts of a hidden treasure. It is packed with adventure, revenge, … This book is long. He finds peoples' weaknesses and exploits them, suggesting an untraceable poison to a mother who he knows is anxious to see her young son inherit great wealth. A pleasure [or pain] anticipated is a pleasure [or pain] doubled. Language: English. The Count of Monte Cristo, ... Dumas published the book in 1846. ( Log Out /  Macquet trained as a historian, was a professor at the age of 18, switched to writing, and became close with various literary figures of the day. In a sequel the father and son would make a devilish combination and be compulsive reading. 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. Illustration by James E. McConnell. Over his career, Dumas was responsible for about 650 books. 1 is an unchanged, high-quality reprint of the original edition of 1888. And desire for revenge against those that tore up your life and threw you in that stinking place. Then, on your wedding day, your world comes crashing down. I adopt all customs, speak all languages .. not one of the scruples that arrest the powerful, or the obstacles which paralyse the weak, paralyses or arrests me.”. A burning desire for revenge gives Dantes the strength to endure captivity, the will to escape, and a life purpose once he is free. I love the illustrations you used. You can also read the full text online using our ereader. [ Edmont Dantes question his righteous conviction that God is on his side. No country can say it saw my birth. You were writing.”, “Ah, true, I was writing. “How did I escape? The cookbook appeared as Le Grand Dictionaire de Cuisine (1,150 pages). I was so surprised by how much I l. Funny! He completed the work in 1844. “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. The book is considered a literary classic today. Ferdinand Mondego wished to wed Mercedes, who was affianced to Edmond. The Count of Monte Cristo (French: Le Comte de Monte-Cristo) is an adventure novel by French author Alexandre Dumas completed in 1844. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. 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. Which translation you read might make a bit of a difference to your enjoyment. It is one of the author's most popular works, along with The Three Musketeers. Illustration from the premiere of a theatre production (1848). Edmund Dantes is easily one of my new all time favourite characters. Reading often feels like an intimate experience. MWAH-HA-HA-HA!!!! And translated from the French by Robin Buss. * “All human wisdom is contained in these two words – Wait and Hope”, The Count of Monte Cristo. Edmund Dantes is easily one of my new all time favourite characters. We also accept submissions from our visitors and will select the quotes we feel are most appealing to the BookQuoters community. And unabridged. He managed to find employment in Loupian’s house, disguised as a servant called Prosper. It’s direct, visual and easy to understand. Sadly we can only dream, the author himself never wrote a sequel (although there are seven written by other people). Post was not sent - check your email addresses! How did I plan this moment? (showing now on Starz for those interested). Join me and plunge into the literary world of the Long Nineteenth Century, c.1789 - 1914. She has an interesting back story and tremendous character potential if only Dumas had invested more in this aspect of his story. Initially, Monte Cristo is revealed as another incarnation of Faust, selling his soul to the Devil for a chance at playing the role of the Hand of Fate: I decided in January to spend a year reading classics that I never wanted to read. 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. With difficulty. 911 quotes from The Count of Monte Cristo: ‘I am not proud, but I am happy; and happiness blinds, I think, more than pride.’ He then set about eliminating them, stabbing the first with a dagger on which were printed the words: ‘Number One’, and burning down Loupian’s café. Dumas and his collaborator, The Count of Monte Cristo is based on the true-life story of Francois Picaud. “You do not know that every day of those fourteen years I renewed the vow of vengeance which I had made the first day ..”. Refresh and try again. There are no charges, no trial and you do not receive a formal sentence. 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. And you're about to marry the person you've loved since childhood. And the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo, clocking in at over 1000 pages, is a monster of a classic. (ii) Prisoner number 34, pretends to be number 27 and escapes. by Penguin Classics. 906. 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). Well, he exceeded his desired 500. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Who wants to believe that there are several others in the bed? The Count Of Monte Cristo is the story that teaches us an important moral lesson. Located in the Tyrrhenian Sea and administered by Italy. I will send him to your website! These are qualities that appear to have been part of Dumas’s own character, rather than Maquet’s. Beauce (1818-1875) and ‘Other eminent French artists’. 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. “Your fingers are stained with ink.” He may also have included some character summaries. Unwise. “But what are you about there? 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. I have never read a major nineteenth century novel that covers slaves and slavery as freely as The Count of Monte Cristo. Researchers and translators. Alexandre Dumas found the story in a collection of criminal cases recorded by Jacques Peuchet, a former police archivist. Most popular novels of all time (hugely read, but no reliable sales information). “Oh, yes,” returned Monte Cristo; “I make no secret of it. For pure entertainment value, this novel is hard to beat, especially in the more recent unabridged translation by Robin Buss. Alexandre Dumas. Team Quentin Coldwater. “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. 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]. (6) (i) The death of Abbé Faria in the dungeons. Old Uncle Tom Cobbleigh and all. ), GOD WILL GIVE ME JUSTICE (carved into the wall in the 'memorable' prison scene), Really enjoyed the 2002 version of the film with Jim Caviezel playing Edmond Dantes, and although the novel i, Really enjoyed the 2002 version of the film with Jim Caviezel playing Edmond Dantes, and although the novel is much better and will remain one of my all-time favorites, I actually preferred the ending depicted in the movie. (4) An unexpected guest for Edmond Dantes. And this despite the fact that Dumas was paid by the line and the story serialised over many months. In 1845 a critical pamphlet was published: ‘Alexandre Dumas and Co, novel factory’. And maybe if he didn't get to take off in the end with a hero-worshipping young trophy wife. The Count of Montecristo. You are accused of a political crime you know nothing about. Political intrigue and corruption. Picaud was eventually .. shut up in the castle of Fenestrelle, where he acted as servant to a rich Italian cleric. As the Count he is on a mission of vengeance and has frightening superpowers to help him. 4.6976744186047 (43 Reviews) Free Download. 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. I have substituted myself for Providence in rewarding the good; may the God of vengeance now yield me His place to punish the wicked.”, “Yet man will never be perfect until he learns to create and destroy; he does know how to destroy, and that is half the battle.”, “He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.”, “Your life story is a novel; and people, though they love novels wound between two yellow paper covers, are oddly suspicious of those which come to them in living vellum.”, “We frequently pass so near to happiness without seeing, without regarding it, or if we do see and regard it, yet without recognising it.”, “Ah,” said the jailer, “do not always brood over what is impossible, or you will be mad in a fortnight.”, “God is always the last resource. Jamie Crockart. Many of the characters are dead, in prison or the madhouse, but the most interesting ones are still alive. Robin Buss’s introduction to the Penguin edition of the novel provides a good outline of that case: Picaud .. was imprisoned in 1807, having been denounced by a group of friends as an English spy, shortly after he had become engaged to a young woman called Marguerite. Why did no one tell me about this book? 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. Have your R E V E N G E, of course. “I have already had the honour of telling you I was” said Morrel. And Gérard de Villefort’s discombobulated wits might recover given his predilection for self-justification, and when he remembers he still has a son left alive, his devious illegitimate offspring Benedetto. “It’s necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live.”. Find summaries for every chapter, including a The Count of Monte Cristo Chapter Summary Chart to help you understand the book. (3) Edmund Dantès in his dungeon, enduring fourteen years in solitary 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. Directors: Roberto Gavaldón, Chano Urueta | Stars: Arturo de Córdova, Mapy Cortés, Anita Blanch, Consuelo Frank. (ii) Prisoner number 34, pretends to be number 27 and escapes. The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by French author Alexandre Dumas. It needs much adaptation and creative fire to make anything of it, let alone create a 176 year old classic. 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. Proofers and professional readers. But it kills the young Dantes in the process. 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. Article, Telegraph newspaper . [‘Historical memories from the archives of the Paris police‘, 1838.]. Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes is confined to the grim fortress of If. ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO: The black and white illustrations here are by G. Staal (1817-1882), J.A. Eco also felt that dragging the novel’s prose out heightened the delight and agony. My initial verdict still stands: this was fucking great! I once had someone ask me why did I bother reading it and just watch one of the many movies instead. The Count Of Monte Cristo has to be one of the biggest surprises for me this year. (I will need to read it, per my dear husband’s request. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. It’s waiting patiently for you until you’re ready. And the second is Haydée, a ‘Greek’ girl (actually she is Albanian). But Dumas did not spend enough time on their romantic relationship for their heading off together by sail boat to seem more than an afterthought. As with the Hulk, the Count of Monte Cristo is extremely destructive in his rage. The identity Dantès assumes when he emerges from prison and inherits his vast fortune. It is true there had been some heart breaking interactions between them. The genius writes the manuscript in private, before taking it fully formed to the publisher for printing and releasing to the world. With pleasure.”. In my own library I might catalogue this story under ‘Revenge fiction’, but I could equally place it under any of these: Massive spoiler alert – almost everything is revealed here! Easier said than done, of course. Whatever it is that you’re hoping for in a romping good read, it’s probably in here. (7) ‘Alone with these countless, these unheard of fabulous treasures.’. #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. Maquet took him to court three times, asking not just for money but recognition. 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.". 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