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The Count Of Monte Cristo: Abridged

by Alexandre Dumas

Tom Doherty Associates | October 15, 1998 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Count Of Monte Cristo: Abridged is rated 4.6786 out of 5 by 28.
For nineteen-year-old Edmond Dantes, life is sweet. Soon to be captain of his own sip, he is also about to be married to his true love, Mercedes. But suddenly everything turns sour. On the joyous day of his wedding he is arrested and--without a fair trial--condemned to solitary confinement in the miserable Chateau d''If! The charges? Faked! Edmond has been framed by a handful of powerful enemies. But why?

While locked away, Edmond learns from another prisoner of a secret treasure hidden on the island of Monte Cristo. Edmond concocts a daring and audacious plan: escape and find the treasure! But it is years later--long after Edmond has transformed himself into the Count of Monte Cristo--that his plan for revenge begins to unfold.

Disguised as the wealthy count, Edmond returns to his native land to find his enemies--and make them pay!

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 608 pages, 6.66 × 4.28 × 1.28 in

Published: October 15, 1998

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0812565681

ISBN - 13: 9780812565683

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pace yourself...it is a long read Phewf!! It is a thick read, but it has it all - love, loss, fear, freedom, murder, mystery - a classic tale. A strange-raveled story with many threads that seem individual but are all knitted together and rolled up ball of yarn that needs to be unrolled to understand all the characters. Once you get past the traditional speaking, you find Edmond, Mercedes, Fernand, Danglars, Villefort, Count, and other characters colourful and will want to know what happens. A classic read.
Date published: 2013-05-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dry, but I know I'm supposed to like it I don't like classic fiction. I understand how they're essential in the evolution of the novel, but I just don't like classic fiction. I find the sentence structure to be awkward and boring and it just doesn't pull me in like a modern fiction book would. I know I'm supposed to like these stories. I know I'm supposed to be in awe of Dumas and Dickens and Thackery and Austen, but I just don't care for their dated style. I don't find them interesting. It's not a horrible tale. And I do understand and know the basic plotline and underlying themes of the story. But honestly? I'd rather watch it on stage or in a film to really *feel* what Dumas is trying to say. And that's pretty uncommon for a book vs. movie. Ah well.
Date published: 2010-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Monte Cristo: The Good and the Bad This 1462 page novel, "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas contains flashes of genius and many moments of poetic grandeur and wise philosophical ideals. Fortunately or unfortunately, I am among the multitude who has watched the modern movie of Monte Cristo and fell in love with the adventurous and romantic plot of the story portrayed in the film. However, Dumas only spends 300 pages to cover my favourite part in the film, namely, Dantes' camaraderie with the priest in prison and subsequently his escape from the Chateau D'if. At this point, there is still 1100 pages left of literature and for the most part, these pages strongly lack the deliberate and adventurous plot that is maintained throughout the film. In other words, once Edmond Dantes assumes the false identity as the powerful and mysterious Count of Monte Cristo, the plot suffers until the final 100 pages of the novel. Considered the best of revenge stories, I found that the vengeful plots designed and executed by the Count of Monte Cristo against those enemies that ensured his imprisonment, were severe in nature but were almost too subtle to advance the story. Again, the movie triumphs over the novel in this regard as well, considering Dantes' vengeful killings are nothing less than ingenious to say the least. Further, roughly two thirds of the novel are dedicated to expressing the trivial concerns of secondary characters that only serves to dilute the overall story from ever reaching a climatic moment. As for romance, the novel falls short from the film yet again, considering the relationship between Edmond Dantes and Mercedes is seemingly non-existent in the novel after his imprisonment. So aside from the first 300 pages and the occasional moments of poetry and philosophy, the Count of Monte Cristo is a classic novel that does not in any way live up to its illustrious name. I just hope that I will not waste my time in reading Dumas' other classic "The Three Musketeers."
Date published: 2009-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "No man is an island." The Count of Monte Cristo shows the capabilities (both horrible and wonderful) of a man motivated to achieve his fullest potential (albeit motivated by ire). Loosely based on a true story, Alexandre Dumas transforms the idea of a wrongfully accused exacting revenge from a real-life occurrence to an epic tale that engages the mind to the utmost. The book teaches many powerful lessons on many aspects of life. It will change the way you think about the world around you. "He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness."
Date published: 2008-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Heartfelt and tragic, it really is a story about the triumph of the human spirit. Although the size of the book may be daunting, it is actually a quick read. As I am a chapter to chapter reader and the chapters are small, I actually felt like I was flying through it. An excellent read!
Date published: 2008-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This is the most I have been into a classic novel in a long time. You can't help but feel for Edmund Dantes, once he's thrown into jail for a crime he didn't commit, and you root for him the whole way along. Definately worth the read.
Date published: 2008-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!! Alexander Dumas has woven an intricate plot and character web that will take you the whole book to untangle - and it's such a page-turner that you'll have no problem getting there! I've read it 4 times and everytime I notice some new connection or twist. This is an amazing book for anyone that loves mystery/drama/adventure type books. You MUST read it! :D
Date published: 2006-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from sweeeet this was suuuch a good book!!! it was a bit long but it was awesome all the same! it had everything action, revenge, romance sooooooooooooooo awesome
Date published: 2005-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Greatest Historical Romance Ever Written... Well, as you can see from the reviews below mine, this is an amazing book. So go purchase it instead of just pondering about it. But let me give some tips: don't get the abridged version (which means it's edited and drastically changed to be an easier read) since sometimes they're half the length of the real version. The most important thing to look at are the endnotes, which enable you to understand the historical aspect of it; so pay careful attention to that. I got a Wordsworth edition for a mere $5, which includes amazing endnotes, so consider it as a good choice (the only problem is that the font is quite small to make the price cheap). Anyway, this is certainly one of the greatest adventure novels ever written, with a great cast of characters and a gripping plot. Edmond Dantes, a sailor, is wrongfully accused of treason and imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit on his wedding day, and after escaping a prison surrounded by the sea on all sides, acquires a hidden fortune and seeks revenge on his betrayers. The plot is quite modern , and more exciting than the latest movies out now. Believe me, you'll love it. It has tons of action, adventure, romance, and everything you could ask for in a book or movie. But just get the right edition.
Date published: 2005-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Count of Monte Cristo At first I thought this was going to be a dull, long read because it was a classic. I was wrong. Dantès was well developed, and the plot progressed smoothly. You can almost forget how old the book is. The fiction in the book was amazing for its time, and still is for ours. Read it.
Date published: 2004-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! i read the 1946 version of this, and all i have to say is WOW! Alexandre Dumas has crafted an incredibly in-depth and involved plot no modern author could ever hope to equal. The tales, though sometimes seeming separate are all interconnected by a stunningly crafted series of events. Edmond Dantes' character is hugely dynamic and well developed. M. L'Abbe faria is also well done. The movie , though an excellent piece, does not do the book justice. Niether do the newer versions of the novel. If you've got time on your hands and are a good reader, this book is definitely your friend.
Date published: 2004-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best pieces of literature, ever. If you haven't read this book, what are you waiting for? It is beautifully written, and the character developement is of the likes of which I have never seen before. The story grabs you and will not let you go until you have read the last word on the last page of the last chapter. If you haven't read this book yet, what are you waiting for?
Date published: 2004-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Count of Monte Cristo This book is a real adventure! It may start off a bit slow, but once you get into it, you can't put it down. I would consider it one of the best books I have ever read.
Date published: 2004-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Count of Monte Cristo This is absolutely the very best book I have ever read. I looked forward to every free second I had to read this masterpiece. Can't wait to read it again (and again)!! Contains all the elements of a wonderful book. DO NOT WATCH THE MOVIE, YOU'LL BE HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED AFTER READING THE BOOK! Happy Reading.
Date published: 2003-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from count of monte cristo*** while this book is intimidating to begin reading, it quickly becomes apparent that it will become one of your favorites. i highly recommend it. it is about a man who is wronged and betrayed by a 'friend', and the lifetime he spends exacting his revenge.
Date published: 2003-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Will there ever be a novel of compare? We can only do two things, wait, and hope.
Date published: 2001-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An enthralling novel The Count of Monte Cristo is the intriguing tale of retribution. The plot revolves around Edmond Dantes, a idealistic and principled young man who is unwittingly framed for a serious crime, and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. There he meets a man who will change his life…and point him towards freedom and his means of vengeance on those who have wronged him. Without a doubt, this novel is a masterpiece, attaining the balance of true symphony between justice and revenge. The characterization and atmosphere portrayed is rich enough to evoke anyone's imagination. Dumas' attention to detail adds to the ambiance and vivacity of the tale. As a fitting testament to it's nearly be rushed, rather savored. The unabridged version is a must, with its banquet of flavorful scenes - it is a full course meal for any hungry bookworm - the abridged version, merely a buttered cracker. It is by far one of my most treasured novels. Avid readers, enjoy!
Date published: 2001-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible book by an incredible author!! The Count of Monte Cristo is an excellent novel about political injustice, forgotten love, incredible friendship, and bitter anger and revenge. I suggest this book to anyone who likes mystery, action, suspense, murder, love, and just about any other topic. In my opinion, one of the greatest books ever written.
Date published: 2001-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! This book is amazing, when you have a book this amazing you cannot put it down. Even though this book was as long as it was I just couldn't put it down every chapter there was something new that i just didnt want to miss and leave myself in suspense, I used it for an ISU and i was finished it earlier than all my friends with book and eighth as long! Don't miss out on a great classic!
Date published: 2001-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Count of Monte Cristo In the 1800’s, the French author, Dumas, stumbled upon a story in the Parisian police archives, which he described as, “a rough, shapeless pearl, of no value, waiting for its jeweler.” This rough, shapeless pearl was to become the most notable advance in popular fiction, and by far, the most superior French novel written at it’s time. Amidst the mind-numbing, convoluted writing of the Romantic Era, The Count of Monte Cristo stands alone. It chronicles the arduous life of a man, within the Parisian society, who was wronged, and emerged from the depths of darkness to gain his revenge, acting as “The Hand of God.” The novel also examines the psychological and religious aspects of revenge, and society in general. Dumas provides clear and critical views of the Aristocracy and government at the time, and provides insight into the Parisian culture. Comparatively speaking, its depth is far greater than most novels of its time, however its readers almost always acknowledge it as being a plot-driven book. And, it does all this while maintaining suspense, mystery, and action.
Date published: 2000-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpeice I find the word "masterpiece" is a loose term that is often used much with little evidence. If the word masterpiece could ever be clearly defined, without a shade of doubt this work of art would surely fit the parameters. The characters are presented and depicted flawlessly and the twists and turns the plot takes and how it is all unraveled in the end is picture perfect. My only wish is that I could read it all over again for the very first time. Read it and I guarantee you will love it.
Date published: 2000-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why did it take this long It took me 53 years to open its cover and then 2 days of hookey from work to finish it. An outstanding canvass that the artist approaches from all directions and then it appears in full before your very eyes. This novel, in my estimation, is the best constructed of any I have read. Each tension is masterfully crafted and, ultimately, each is resolved in logical fashion. M. Dumas has woven love/hate, good/evil, mystery, suspense and science fiction into his masterpiece. My reading of fiction will never be the same. And I am glad of that.
Date published: 2000-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing By far the best book I have ever read. I never would have read the Count of Monte Cristo if it hadn't been for a friend who had recommended it. I'm glad he did. Dumas created a masterpiece. "Waiting and hoping"...these words don't even come close to expressing the Count's will and determination. You'll never find a better book.
Date published: 2000-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Monte Cristo I have read this book three times and i do intend to read it again. It is my all time favorite book. The story development is incredible, you can't help but sympathize with the main character. His charm, wit and intelligence will not allow you to put the book down. Amazing classic (and if you can read french, you should give it a shot in that language)
Date published: 2000-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This was an excellent read and I had a hard time putting the book down. It captured my attention right from the start and did not disappoint me. I highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2000-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You must read this classic If you enjoy classic literature, and want a light read, than read this book.
Date published: 2000-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just an ordinary book lover... This is an absolutely amazing book. Knowing it's a famous classic, I expected it to be good, but never did I imagine I'd be hooked so quickly - considering its length, I couldn't believe by page 50 or so the story is already so interesting I wished I could read the whole thing without stopping! To those who don't like classics and only read "modern" books, PLEASE GIVE THIS BOOK A TRY, you'll be really pleasantly surprised. At least give it a chance, if by chapter 5 you're still not into it, I'll accept defeat. Sort of. (You can't possibly NOT like it!) WARNING: don't start this book when you have a major project coming up soon, you'll end up spending all your time reading instead of doing the work required! I read this great book while I was supposed to work on a paper worth 100% of a 4th year course in university and almost didn't get the paper done...
Date published: 2000-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Count of Monte Cristo This is a terrific all round book, and for most ages. I have read this 3 times and found every time the excitement of the authors plot. My edition of this novel is in two volumns which I read in my teens in my thirties and in my fifties and thoroughly enjoyed each time.
Date published: 1999-12-27

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The Count Of Monte Cristo: Abridged

by Alexandre Dumas

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 608 pages, 6.66 × 4.28 × 1.28 in

Published: October 15, 1998

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0812565681

ISBN - 13: 9780812565683

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Count of Monte Cristo CHAPTER I Marseilles--The Arrival O n the 24th of February, 1815, the watch-tower of Notre-Dame de la Garde signalled the arrival of the three-master Pharaon, from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples. The usual crowd of curious spectators immediately filled the quay of Fort Saint-Jean, for at Marseilles the arrival of a ship is always a great event, especially when that ship, as was the case with the Pharaon, has been built, rigged, and laden in the dockyard of old Phocaea and belongs to a shipowner of their own town. Meanwhile the vessel drew on, and was approaching the harbour under topsails, jib, and foresail, but so slowly and with such an air of melancholy that the spectators, always ready to sense misfortune, began to ask one another what ill-luck had overtaken those on board. However, those experienced in navigation soon saw that if there had been any ill-luck, the ship had not been the sufferer, for she advanced in perfect condition and under skilful handling; the anchor was ready to be dropped, the bowsprit shrouds loose. Beside the pilot, who was steering the Pharaon through the narrow entrance to the port, there stood a young man, quick of gesture and keen of eye, who watched every movement of the ship while repeating each of the pilot''s orders. The vague anxiety that prevailed among the crowd affected one of the spectators so much that he could not wait until the ship reached the port; jumping into a small boat, he ordered the boatman to row him alo
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For nineteen-year-old Edmond Dantes, life is sweet. Soon to be captain of his own sip, he is also about to be married to his true love, Mercedes. But suddenly everything turns sour. On the joyous day of his wedding he is arrested and--without a fair trial--condemned to solitary confinement in the miserable Chateau d''If! The charges? Faked! Edmond has been framed by a handful of powerful enemies. But why?

While locked away, Edmond learns from another prisoner of a secret treasure hidden on the island of Monte Cristo. Edmond concocts a daring and audacious plan: escape and find the treasure! But it is years later--long after Edmond has transformed himself into the Count of Monte Cristo--that his plan for revenge begins to unfold.

Disguised as the wealthy count, Edmond returns to his native land to find his enemies--and make them pay!

About the Author

After an idle youth, Alexandre Dumas went to Paris and spent some years writing. A volume of short stories and some farces were his only productions until 1927, when his play Henri III (1829) became a success and made him famous. It was as a storyteller rather than a playwright, however, that Dumas gained enduring success. Perhaps the most broadly popular of French romantic novelists, Dumas published some 1,200 volumes during his lifetime. These were not all written by him, however, but were the works of a body of collaborators known as "Dumas & Co." Some of his best works were plagiarized. For example, The Three Musketeers (1844) was taken from the Memoirs of Artagnan by an eighteenth-century writer, and The Count of Monte Cristo (1845) from Penchet's A Diamond and a Vengeance. At the end of his life, drained of money and sapped by his work, Dumas left Paris and went to live at his son's villa, where he remained until his death.
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