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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Book of Genious
The reader is drawn into the world and life (painful and devastating as it is for him) of Edmond Dantes - a poor seaman. The kind seaman happens to be promoted by his benevolent Master, which arouses some jealousness among his colleagues. Also, he is to marry a woman of undiminishing beauty. The two men (one, who wants the woman; the other, who wants the position) unite...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Abridged version, buyer beware.
This is the abridged version of the Dumas classic.
Having not read the original yet, I can only compare it
to The Three Musketeers. Dumas' writing style loses
energy in the abridging process. The reader ought to
be aware that the story has been simplified and summarized.
If you want the true flavor of Dumas, order the unabridged
version.
Am 4. November 1996 veröffentlicht


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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Book of Genious, 24. Februar 2006
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Count of Monte Cristo (Taschenbuch)
The reader is drawn into the world and life (painful and devastating as it is for him) of Edmond Dantes - a poor seaman. The kind seaman happens to be promoted by his benevolent Master, which arouses some jealousness among his colleagues. Also, he is to marry a woman of undiminishing beauty. The two men (one, who wants the woman; the other, who wants the position) unite and plan to rid themselves of the innocent Dantes. It so happens, that they succeed, and he is forced to Chateau D'if.

Through this fast-paced book, the reader observes Dantes who instead of becoming Captain of a poor ship, becomes a Count. He adopts the name Count of Monte Cristo and seeks not the pleasures of life, but revenge. Revenge against those who had gravely betrayed him 13 years before.

And in the end, ... Well, if I told you - there wouldn't be a point to reading the book, would there? You will enjoy this witful book, by the genious of the 19th century, Alexandre Dumas, without a doubt.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The best book I have ever read no kidding!, 12. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Count of Monte Cristo (Taschenbuch)
I haven't ever come across a book that has been this good. Itwas a joy to read. Dumas really outdid himself when he wrote thisone. If you are looking for action, mystery, adventure, romance, revenge, etc. this book has it all.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Abridged version, buyer beware., 4. November 1996
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This is the abridged version of the Dumas classic.
Having not read the original yet, I can only compare it
to The Three Musketeers. Dumas' writing style loses
energy in the abridging process. The reader ought to
be aware that the story has been simplified and summarized.
If you want the true flavor of Dumas, order the unabridged
version.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas, 28. März 2000
"Dantes stood up and looked in the direction the boat was moving. Several hundred yards ahead rose the steep black rock on which stood the somber Chateau d'If. The unexpected appearance of this dreaded prison, with its ceturies-old tradition of terror, produced the same effect on Dantes as the sight of the gallows on a man condemned to death" (26). Just imagine the fear and loneliness that Edmond Dantes was experiencing as he looked up and realized that for no reason at all, he was condemned to a notorious prison. What would it feel like to know you may never see the people you love most again? How great would the frustration be of not knowing why you were being punished? The Napoleonic Era, an almost frightening time period to be living in, is the time in which this magnificent novel takes place. At any moment an innocent person could be convicted of a crime they did not commit and be thrown into a prison never to be seen or heard of again. Edmond Dantes, a youthful and happy man whom is soon to be married and live out a wonderful life, suddenly has his dreams of raising a family and being captain of a ship cut short by three selfish men. An oath of vengence is made on these evil men and a story of this vengence is told through such words that it seems almost as if Alexandre Dumas had experienced these events and thoughts in his own life. The Count of Monte Cristo is a novel which is so powerful, heartbreaking, and satisfying all at the same time that anyone who makes the decision to read it will certainly be changed by the time the fulfilling conclusion comes. The characters, especially Edmond Dantes who plays many different roles in the novel, are some that the reader will almost feel they could relate to or else despise in such a way that you wish you could be inside the novel to take your own revenge on them. Many of the characters, although living 200 years earlier than us, are very easy to relate to. Mercedes, who is so in love but is faced with a situation where she could either lay down and die or try and ease her loneliness, chooses the latter. Many people would probably do the same thing in this type of a situation and therefore makes this novel easy and enjoyable to read. Alexandre Dumas, as well as doing many other things, uses a very simple yet very impacting theme throughout his novel. Most everyone who reads this book has probably heard the saying, "what goes around comes around". This one old sayng can pretty much sum this entire novel. It lets people appreciate the good and helpful things we are able to do for others instead of wasting our life with hatred and selfishness. Many people may object to reading this novel on the basis that it looks too long and would be too time consuming to read. If only everyone would give this book a chance they would see that this book is really a very good length in order to fully enjoy and feel the action and suspense that one should feel when reading a good book. Never in this novel is there a dull or boring moment, instead every word and sentece used is to keep the readers attention and keep them wanting more and more. From beginning to end The Count of Monte Cristo is a non-stop page-turner. If only Alexandre Dumas knew now what an extremely well constructed and entertaining novel he wrote. By the way he speeds up and slows down time he is able to focus his book on the parts that are important for the reader to know. The message that Dumas chose to get across in this novel is very important. Everyone should read this novel if not for the entertainment value then for the underlying themes of the novel. Everyone must take a chance and see what this wonderful novel has to offer.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Must-Read Work of Genius by Alexandre Dumas, 8. Februar 1999
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The Count of Monte Cristo is perhaps one of the best literary works of all time. Riveting, it is the story of a young man, Edmond Dantes, who is falsely accused of treason by three selfish villains who each desire something different from Dantes; The story is set in 19th Century France. Dantes is a young, strikingly handsome, 20-year old newly-apppointed ship captain with his whole life ahead of him. He is about to marry the woman of his dreams, a young, vivacious, awesomely beautiful Catalan girl from France named Mercedes. For reasons unbeknownst to him he is betrayed by three cruel, evil men, accused of treason, and secretly heralded away to the foreboding Chateau de If prison where he serves almost 14 years in solitary confinement. With the help of a wise old abbe, he successfully institutes an escape plan; After a daring, nerve frazzling escape, he sets about to claim a vast, hidden, enormous fortune that is hidden at the Isle of Monte Cristo. After locating riches beyond imagination, Edmond dons the title the Count of Monte Cristo, he is a man of immense wealth, stature, class, and a man of society. But with all the riches and fame bestowed upon the Count, he must complete some unfinished business. That is, he must enact revenge upon the evil men who robbed him of his youth, the love and life of his father, the loss of his betrothed, and his prominence as a ship captain. You will find yourself seated at the edge of your seat, perhaps stopping only to take care of life's necessities because when Monsieur Le Comte de Monte Cristo enacts his revenge, he takes no prisoners. The Count of Monte Cristo captures our very essence as we watch his plan unfold before our very eyes. He carefully and fastidiously orchestrates his plan of revenge to punish the men who acted so predictably and maliciously against him. This book gets five thumbs up because it demonstrates vulnerable life experiences that happen to many of us. That is, to say it is a story about true human courage, emotion, greed, jealousy, betrayal, and revenge. And, the count makes the punishment fit the crime for each man. This book is not for the squeamish or immature at heart. One of the best novels of all time.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen In der Mitte kann man 300 Seiten einfach überspringen, ansonsten klasse Buch., 10. November 2013
Gestandene 900 Seiten hat das Ding. Die ersten 200 lesen sich auch schnuckelig weg, genauso wie letzten ca. 400. Allerdings sieht, wer rechnen kann, dass dazwischen 300 Seiten Zaehigkeit liegen, in die Dumas, aus einem sich mir nicht ganz leicht erschliessbaren Grund, eine Story gepackt hat, deren Charaktere kaum was mit der Geschichte zu tun haben. Laut Fachmann aus dem Vorwort handelt es sich hierbei um den "Italienischen Teil", der wohl nicht nur bei mir seine Wirkung verfehlt hat. Wer aber Lust auf Intrigen, Liebesschwuere und Abenteur zur Zeit Napoleons hat, der bekommt in diesem Buch (fast) alles, auf was er hoffen kann:

- ein tugenhaftes Maedchen, arm aber wunderschön
- einen hinterhaeltigen Bankier, der die Seitenspruenge seiner Frau ignoriert, solange er gut daran verdient
- noch ein tugendhaftes Maedchen, diesmal reich und wunderschön
- eine Hoehle, gefuellt mit Diamanten und den feinsten Delikatessen die man sich vorstellen kann. Und danach ein bisschen was zum Kiffen
- eine Prinzessin aus dem Orient, in der Kindheit an Sklaven verkauft
- eine Giftmischerin, die fuer ihren Sohn mordet
- ein Sohn der fuer Geld seine Mutter ermordert
- eine verbotene Liebe, die im Grab endet
- ein drittes Maedchen, auch reich und wunderschoen, aber diesmal nicht ganz so tugendhaft
- die Lebensgeschichte des Meisters der Diebe, von der kein Schwein weiss, was sie eigentlich in dem Buch zu suchen hat

Fazit:

Alles in allem hat mir das Buch, mal abgesehen von dem Kaugummi-Mittelteil, sehr gut gefallen. Als Geschichtsfan habe ich die Hintergruende genossen, etwa wie Dumas nebenbei erwaehnt, dass es zu seiner Zeit ueblich war, in die Oper nur zum Tratschen zu kommen und deshalb erst nach dem ersten Akt. Politik interessiert mich nicht, daher hat mich der Hintergrund um Napoleon eher genervt, aber als elementaren Teil der Geschichte sollte man davon mindestens ein bisschen Ahnung haben. Und ich habe mitgefiebert mit diesem unglueklichen, verlorenen, sinisteren Grafen von Monte Cristo, damit sich endlich wieder eine Spur Edmond zeigt. Ich wurde nicht enttauescht! Lesen. 300 Seiten ueberspringen. Weiterlesen!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of my two favorites, 17. Dezember 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Count of Monte Cristo (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I first read the Bantam abridged Monte Cristo when I was 13 years old. Then, the next year, I saw the unabridged version and immediately bought a copy. Monte Cristo is an absolutely wonderful and wonderfully written masterpiece that tells the story of a young man that could be any of several people that you and I know. It is a story of injustice, despair, remorse, cruelty, misfortune, and evil. However, at the same time, the book manages to show that in the seemingly rotten world we live in there is hope, charity, love, honor, and purity as well. Edmond is one of the greatest dynamic characters of all time, innocently sent to face punishment that he in no way deserves. While enduring this unjust punishment, he meets a man and they become friends. Edmond learns from this man that everyone acts according to their own standards, and that everyone will eventually receive reward for the actions or crimes that they have committed, whether that reward be payment for honest living or pain in reparation for hardships forced upon others. Edmond then becomes that reparation, rewarding those that were his true friends, and exacting revenge upon those that caused him pain. A wonderful story, with excellent characters and an intricate plot. I would recommend this book for anyone that wants to laugh, cry, and triumph with a single character and his struggles. As the title states, this is one of my favorite books of all time, the only other that really compares with it is Victor Hugo's Les Miserables.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Romantic Story of Vengeance and Faith, 23. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Count of Monte Cristo (Gebundene Ausgabe)
In this romanitc novel events do not develop quite as quickly as in another very famous Dumas classic, The Three Musketeers. A young Catalonian sailor, Dantes, is unjustly accused an imprisoned--his enemies believe for life. However, he gets an education in prison from Faria who also reveals to him the secret of the enormous treasure hidden, of all people, by Ceasare Borgea. The young sailor miraculously survives his daring escape, obtains the treasure, and uses it to inflict dreadful punishment on his enemies and to reward those who tried to remain loyal to him. Dantes, who morphs into Count Monte Cristo and, along the way, into a cast of supporting characters, sees himself as an instrument of vengeance in the hands of God, whose name he constantly invokes (too often perhaps). But his faith is peculiarly non-Christian, since he harbors earthly hatred and a burning desire for revenge, and has no intention of forgiving his enemies, until they have been reduced to utter misery. Hence all the trappings of the Orient in Monte Cristo's retinue, his furnishings, and even his eating habits--remember he refused to eat when he met his once beloved Mercedez. He is not ready to be merciful and forgiving. Dumas mentions, kind of warily, that Dantes at one instance, toward the end of his vengeance, did reflect that perhaps he has gone too far, but overall, it's still a nice romantic story of love, hate, and ambition where God and faith intervene on behalf of Earthly justice.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen THE classic, 17. März 2000
Without exaggeration, 'The Count of Monte Cristo' is one of the greatest stories on earth. I`m not saying it`s the greatest book on earth--there are flaws sometimes in character development, and the overuse of coincidences--but the story itself is a gem unrivalled anywhere. When it comes to weaving a complex plot rife with fascinating characters, Dumas is a master; and each scene is instilled with just the necessary amount of dramatic tension and foreshadowing. Never once does the story slow its pace, yet without once detracting from its depth and power. The characters are often thrown into situations that are literally a matter of life and death, and suspense becomes the reader`s constant companion. But the most compelling element in the story is Edmond Dantes himself, aka the Count of Monte Cristo, looming like a spectral shadow over the bright spectacle of French wealth portrayed here--a shadow with a broken heart and needs of which he is hardly aware, so intent is he on becoming a pitiless agent of revenge. The book`s main flaw, I thought, was the abrupt resolution of his relationship with Haydee--she seemed more like a plot device than a real person. Other flaws consist of contrived plot scenarios which would be unacceptable today, but which to me at least, with their exuberant spontaneity, make this book even more of a joy to read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Best!, 15. März 2000
This is and will probably continue to be my favorite boook of all time. It has got everything you could possibly want in a book. It's got betrayal, love, imprisonment, vengance, action, drama, and comedy. But you can read the synopsis for yourself.
More important than the plot of the story is that the reader will learn to love Edmond Dantes, the main character. They will admire his strength, his wits, his arrogance, and the way he learnes from his mistakes.
The reader will also learn to completely hate Danglars, Villefort, and Fernand. Every single horrible thing that happens to them, the reader will truly believe is justly deserved, even when Edmond believes it's too much.
The writing is also wonderful. The reader will practically be transported to France as they read this novel. The word choice is so magnificent and the sentences flow so well that the reader will feel every emotion that the characters do, and will probably even taste the sweet Parisian air in their mouths.
I first read the Signet Classic abridged version, and I thought this novel was great, but then I picked up the unabridged Modern Library version and enjoyed it even more. This book will change your life and I would highly suggest that everyone in the world read this book. Move over Shakespeare because you have just been dethrowned.
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