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am 24. Februar 2006
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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am 17. August 2014
nachdem in meiner Bibliothek gewisse Klassiker in Originalsprache einfach nicht fehlen dürfen - und diese Serie recht günstig ist - habe ich mir einige Bände der "Wordsworth Classics" zugelegt. Format ist handlich, Schrift SEHR klein - aber noch gut lesbar.
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am 12. Juli 2000
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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am 21. März 2015
Sooo! I got interested in this story, and, seeing how it's old enough to be out of copyright, I just went ahead and read it online on the Gutenberg Project website.
I was hooked almost INSTANTLY.
So, let's say you're like me and you already know you WANT this book on your shelf - which version should you buy?

First of all, I strongly recommend you buy an unabgridged version. It's just common sense, in my opinion. Why would you want to mutliate a perfectly good story?

The choice of translation is a more difficult matter though.
The one I read online, the Gutenberg one, is the original. I read a bit of the Penguin version, which is a more modernized translation, and while it IS more accessible, I still prefer the original. It just feels more poetic, it has a certain flow and beauty to it that the new translation lacks. It really hurts the overall experience.

So, if you can, I suggest you pick this one, original and unabridged. It's absolutely worth it, in my opinion.
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am 22. März 2014
Considering the price of such a beautiful classic, this is really a great buy. You get Dumas' masterpiece for practically no cost!
The only issue that I do have with the book is that the font is rather small and I have hard time reading it if the lighting is not good. Also, the print is not of the highest quality so fingers tend to leave marks on the paper.
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am 16. Februar 2015
Exzellentes Buch geschrieben von einem Genie.
Ich habe mir die englische Version gekauft von Penguin gekauft und war sehr zufrieden mit der Übersetzung.
Dumas hat ein Meisterwerk geschaffen und eines der legendärsten Geschichten aller Zeiten aufgeschrieben.
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am 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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am 26. Januar 2015
A classic and a must if you like revenge stories. It's a long but well written story. If you like the book, check out the TV-series with the same name starring Gerard Depardieu. Fantastic! (In French)
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am 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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am 23. Juni 2000
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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