I thought I was familiar with the story before I decided to give the original a shot since I had seen a few movies and I had actually read and re-read the adaptation in the illustrated classics series You may think it's only about a man finding his revenge, but it's not. This book has a gazillion subplots and to be frank, most of it was very new to me.
Despite the fact that I should've been familiar with the story, I was not and I can't actually decide whether it's a good or a bad thing. I thought I was going to read a book about a man finding revenge against three men who ruined his life. I thought I was going to read a book where said man will reconcile with his old flame. I thought I was going to read a book about a man who hasn't actually lost his Instead, I got to read an epic story about a bunch of egotistic people who have done nothing but be bad people for the majority of their lives.
And the man, the hero of the story? He wasn't actually there for a big part of the story! Despite the fact that I didn't get what I expected, it was worth every minute of my time because it was intriguing and it even made me shiver of anticipation during the final chapters! I highly recommend this one to everyone. This review was first posted HERE. I've always wanted to read this book, it intrigued me for a long time. I'm glad that I finally got to it. It feels almost like an accomplishment to have read it.
I enjoyed it a lot.
It is a massive book, but it isn't tedious to read. It's divided in a lot of short chapters and the language is surprisingly accessible, considering the period in which it was written. The author's remarks made me smile a few times. This book is obviously about revenge, but it made me think more about the theme of cont I've always wanted to read this book, it intrigued me for a long time.
This book is obviously about revenge, but it made me think more about the theme of control. The main character succeeds to have control over almost everything thanks to money and plotting: He seems to feel like he is a superhuman and other characters view him as such. But some unpredictable events happen anyway, it's impossible for him to have control over everything. In this view, I felt like the end was too well tied. I learned in the preface of this edition that the author was inspired by a news item and created this story around it.
I feel like he did a really good job of making it interesting. The characters were great. I found that some parts of this book dragged out a little. Considering the way it was originally published, it is to be expected.
Also, the end didn't feel satisfactory to me. Anyway, it was a fun read and I think people shouldn't be discouraged to read it because of its length. Dumas is one of the best story tellers that have ever lived- according to the edition I've read George Bernard Shaw said that and I have to agree with him. Dumas really is a great story-teller, he has a way of sparking interest in a reader and keeping it alight page after page.
Although it was written in a time when writing style and norms were different, I don't think this book is in any way inferior to any great modern novel. I have enjoyed the second part of Le Comte de Monte- Cristo even more Dumas is one of the best story tellers that have ever lived- according to the edition I've read George Bernard Shaw said that and I have to agree with him. I have enjoyed the second part of Le Comte de Monte- Cristo even more then I have the first and I really liked the first volume.
To put it simply- it is a very long book that doesn't have a dull moment in it- at times entertaining, at times philosophical- a pleasure to read. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. C'est une histoire que je pense relire un jour plus de pages Couldn't be more satisfied. This is the most unique and satisfying kind of revenge! Un coup de coeur pour ce second opus! Lo recomiendo a todo el mundo. Classic story of love and revenge - some concepts outdated, but a great historical piece. Two years of my life! Two years from beginning to end--that's what I spent with these pages.
I do read long books but I don't love 'em--my muscles are fast twitch, not slow twitch. Anyhoo, for the past 6 months I put this book down. The ostensible reason was because I was listening to the on-line audio format and its reader--a man with a wonderful Marseilles accent--had stopped his recitation in the sixth and final tome of the book. But the real is I was boooooored! About a week ago, when I w Two years of my life! About a week ago, when I was procrastinating from writing my dissertation, I discovered that the sixth tome had been recorded for him by a colleague.
It was, happily, the same woman with a wonderful Gascogne accent, who I knew from her stellar reading of Les Trois Mousquetaires. Unfortunately, the final tome in the series is chock-a-block full of tears, saccharine speeches, speechifying, soppy prosody and everything else that the Romantic period of literature is known for, and for which I feel nothing but the utmost repugnance. This delightful reader has a weepy voice and every single female speech she read sounded hideously lachrymous and pathetic. There were times when I found myself in such recoil I thought I might develop rigor mortis.
While I can laud M. Dumas' skillful plotting, and his stunning action sequences nobody does it better--not even today--take for example the scene in which Benedetto is fleeing from Paris.
Le Comte de Monte-Cristo est un roman d'Alexandre Dumas, écrit avec la collaboration d'Auguste Maquet et achevé en Il est partiellement inspiré de faits. Le Comte de Monte-Cristo - II: Intégrale en trois volumes, 2/3 (Le Comte de Monte-Cristo - 3 tomes) (Volume 2) (French Edition) (French) Paperback – April
He is a blackguard and a scoundrel, you know he is a sociopath and one recoils from him in every way, but still, in a manner almost Hitchcockian, the writer invited the reader's sympathy with Benedetto in heart and body throughout his entire escape attempt. It's amazing to read a scenario in which one is subject to so many ambiguous feelings: Simply marvelous, yet I cannot praise his feeble attempts at sentimentalism which are insincere at best and offensive at worse.
The same writer who created the sublime Milady, and the same writer who wrote possibly the most amusingly contemptuous letter from husband to cheating wife the world has ever seen in the chapter entitled: It's unsettling because this idea of an omniscient God sounds a little too close to s pious Tom Cruise in Mossion Impossible. As good as M. Dumas is at writing action and devilry, every bit as bad he is at writing sanctimony. I said this in the first volume of the two: In his place le Comte de Monte-cristo is nowhere near as likeable. He is so supernaturally potent, so unreal it's impossible to have sympathy for him as a character.
Which begs the question: I know the credibility of my readership hinges on this response, so I will answer it loudly in the negative. I believe a narrator, or the main actor of a book does not need to be likeable for a book to be enjoyable.
What I do need to see is the psychological reasons for a character's actions. I need to follow it play by play, like for example Ripley, of Ripley's Game. It has to unfold with me being a participant, not just a spectator. With the actions of le Comte, there was nothing but spectatorship. Fortunately, in the final chapters we see le Comte return to a certain reality--all utterly justifiable for his character and his character's arc--and once again sympathy returns for him, especially during a visit to the cachot in which he was imprisoned for many years.
Then I felt I knew him. He disappeared again in a strange and stagey scene at the end where he helps a junior protagonist, Morrell, be reborn into a new life, right before he sails off into the sunset with a young, nubile bride. Cue the freaking music. As a middle-aged woman I must lodge a small personal complaint at this juncture. Especially after he's been complaining about women's fickleness, it feels hypocritically icky. In Mercedes' defense I am reminded of a favorite and well-referenced scene from Persuasion in which Anne Elliott, speaking for women of the world, says to Captain Harville, "We certainly do not forget you so soon as you forget us.
It is perhaps our fate rather than our merit. We cannot help ourselves. We live at home, quiet, confined, and our feelings prey upon us. You are forced on exertion. You have always a profession, pursuits, business of some sort or other, to take you back into the world immediately, and continual occupation and change soon weaken impressions. I will not allow it to be more man's nature than woman's to be inconstant and forget those they do love, or have loved. I believe the reverse, I believe in a true analogy between our bodily frames and our mental; and that as our bodies are the strongest so are our feelings; capable of bearing most rough usage and riding out the heaviest weather.
Well, Miss Elliot, as I was saying, we shall never agree I suppose upon this point. But let me observe that all histories are against you, all stories prose and verse. And I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon women's inconstancy.
Songs and proverbs all talk of woman's fickleness.
But perhaps you will say, these were all written by men. Yes, yes if you please no reference to examples in books. Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands No, I believe you equal to every important exertion and to every domestic forbearance, so long as--if I may be allowed the expression, so long as you have an object. I mean, while the woman you love lives, and lives for you.
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