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La maison était triste parce qu'elle avait des remords, elle avait des remords parce qu'elle cachait un crime. « Oh ! qui dit que c'est un crime ? reprit Villefort, tentant un dernier effort. - Comment ! un enfant enterré vivant dans un jardin, ce n'est pas un crime ? s'écria Monte-Cristo.Comment appelez-vous donc cette action-là, monsieur le procureur du roi ? - Mais quiLa maison était triste parce qu'elle avait des remords, elle avait des remords parce qu'elle cachait un crime. « Oh ! qui dit que c'est un crime ? reprit Villefort, tentant un dernier effort. - Comment ! un enfant enterré vivant dans un jardin, ce n'est pas un crime ? s'écria Monte-Cristo.Comment appelez-vous donc cette action-là, monsieur le procureur du roi ? - Mais qui dit qu'il a été enterré vivant ? - Pourquoi l'enterrer là, s'il était mort ? Ce jardin n'a jamais été un cimetière. - Que fait-on aux infanticides dans ce pays-ci ? demanda naïvement le major Cavalcanti. - Oh ! mon Dieu ! on leur coupe tout bonnement le cou, répondit Danglars. - Ah ! on leur coupe le cou, fit Cavalcanti. - Je le crois...N'est-ce pas, monsieur de Villefort ? demanda Monte-Cristo. - Oui, monsieur le comte », répondit celui-ci avec un accent qui n'avait plus rien d'humain....

Title : Le Comte De Monte Cristo
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Le Comte De Monte Cristo Reviews

  • Katya
    2019-03-14 04:32

    Yes. I finished a 1400 page novel in French, even if it took me 5 months to do it. BOW TO ME, PUNY HUMANS, BOW!!! (kidding. Mostly.)

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2019-03-04 05:48

    If the first volume of Monte Cristo describes in excruciating and delicious detail the fall from grace of the protagonist Edmond Dantès (partially based on the true story of a certain Pierre Picaud) plots and executes his revenge in one of the most astounding comebacks in the history of literature. Even more powerful than Bruce Wayne's resurrection after having his back broken by Bane or perhaps like the Chicago Cubs battling back from a 3-1 deficit to win their first World Series in 111 years, Dantès re-invents himself and with a self-reliance and violence that recalls somewhat that of Julien Sorel of The Red and the Black, he lays waste and shame to all those who let him down. It is an unforgettable story and one I need to reread!

  • Nelson Zagalo
    2019-03-23 06:43

    Como disse na primeira parte, não envelheceu muito bem. Continua a ser um livro de aventuras que pode atrair os mais novos, mas para isso os filmes entretanto feitos servirão melhor, porque puderam editar o que Dumas não foi editar. O livro nasceu de um seriado que se prolongou excessivamente, são vários os capítulos que servem de mero enchimento, e nota-se que a estrutura vai perdendo em densidade e coerência. Por outro lado, apesar de ser uma obra simples, apresenta em vários momentos dificuldades aos leitores por fazer entrar demasiados personagens, e nem sempre saber criar as necessárias condições de redundância para recordar personagens há muito esquecidos pelo enredo.No final a vingança teve resposta, e isso foi o que mais gostei, pelo receio que tinha sempre que lia resenhas sobre o livro. Ou seja, Monte Cristo realmente procura a vingança, mas a vingança apesar de se servir fria não é a última palavra de Monte Cristo, o mundo é mais do que vingança, e sem dúvida que isso foi aquilo que garantiu a Dumas a eternização da obra no cânone literário. A vingança garantiu a aventura, mas Dantés transformado em Conde Monte Cristo, volta para ser novamente Dantés, um homem transformado.

  • Clarabel
    2019-03-05 08:42

    Six jours que je côtoie ce cher Edmond... pfiou ! La suite des aventures d'Edmond Dantès, désormais vengeur masqué sous l'identité du comte de Monte-Cristo, déroule son plan redoutable, conduit sur un rythme haletant et riche en révélations et autres rebondissements. Quel final ! Une lecture dense, mais captivante. A tenter !

  • Slymandra
    2019-03-19 06:53

    [Around the World challenge: France] Fabuleux. Extraordinaire. Sublime. Un livre pour lequel "classique de la littérature" prend tout son sens. Malgré le nombre important de personnages et leurs intrigues entrelacées, la singularité du caractère de chacun rend l'histoire d'autant plus crédible et vivante, et je me suis sentie complètement investie dans les destins de ces personnages. J'ai écouté le livre audio lors de mes trajets en voiture, et maintenant qu'il est fini je ne sais plus quoi faire de ma vie. Il est disponible légalement et gratuitement ici

  • Bladelor
    2019-02-27 08:30

    Que dire d'autre à part que c'est un chef d'oeuvre ?!

  • Ed
    2019-03-18 05:49

    That ending ! I couldnt stop crying ! It was epic , tragic, moving, cruel and devastating but beautiful and perfect ! Exactly what a good adventure novel needs to be. The character of Edmond Dantes is one of the best i ever read . I loved this story so much ! Thank you Alexandre Dumas, wherever you are, for creating this piece of art . It made me so happy :)

  • Maberan Potato
    2019-03-02 07:40

    Wow! *squee* It's been a while since I read a French book like this (read: never).-I just love how everyone talks. There is so much emotions and overacting that I can't help but smile and laugh (I am a big fan of villain gloating and cool badasses overacting) My favorite of those would be when (view spoiler)[ Fernand confronts the Count after Albert apologizes. Priceless XD(hide spoiler)] They're all so polite too, and it's much better in French with the 'vous' and 'tu'.-The Count is amazing. His plan is so damned complicated, and it not only worked, but he was able to modify and adapt it despite other things happening. He's smart, cunning anddetermined to, not kill, but destroy the people who betrayed him. It's glorious, and so is he.-This part was much faster and eventful than the first one. That one was setting up Dantès' past and all, with a little of the Count at the end, but THIS ONE, HOLY CRAP. Even the most boring arc (the Valentine/Maximillien one) wasn't as tedious and was actually entertaining.-Noirtier is amazing, too. I have my head-canon that he totally knew something was up when the abbé Busoni walked in. He couldn't have recognized the Count or Dantès, but they are men forged with the same metal.-The reveals!! The Count actually reveals himself quite a lot, and THE REACTIONS HE GETS!! OH I SO WANTED THAT!! I don't think I would've given this five stars if he hadn't. I LOVE dramatic reveals and, oh, were they dramatic.-My favourite enemy was Villefort, and I really liked were Dumas went with that particular ending. (view spoiler)[ I mean, while the Count is ruthless and cold (he really was going to kill Albert despite him being his fiancée's son), he's still an human being, and I guess even the more hardcore ones won't just snort at the murder of a 9-years-old. That bit where he goes to the Château d'If and to his cell was really something I could relate to. (hide spoiler)]-Haydée was cool, too. I was pretty neutral to her at first, but at the end I was SO THANKFUL SHE WAS THERE, THANK YOU HAYDÉE.-I love the Count. He's tall, dark and handsome and rich and smart and overacts all the time and I love it whenever he opens his mouth. I totally would've been worshipping him had I been in this book.-The writing was just great in general. Surprisingly, French hasn't changed much in two hundred years. Sure, everyone's a Britsh Canadian, and nobody would talk (or write) dialogue like this today, but the descriptions and stuff were very easy to understand. The only time my brain turned off was when they spoke of "cent cinquante mille francs de rente" and other money stuff. (What's a 'rente'? Are they loaning stuff?? What.)-I guess this can still hold up today? I mean, while there are heavy political insinuations (every bad character is a royalist, and Dumas' father served in Napoléon's army, but it's not like that's relevant today), and I guess it could be considered sexist, but only because at the time girls were supposed to be obedient and stuff, and even then the more independant character of Eugénie isn't portrayed as an 'ungrateful daughter' or 'evil woman' or even 'ugly' by the narrator. And it's not like the women had small roles in the story. One is a major pawn of the Count's, and others makes him change his plan thrice. (view spoiler)[Mercédès, Valentine and Haydée. (hide spoiler)]Overall, I love this and will so read it again. Maybe next year or something, to give me time to really forget it and bask in its glory yet again. (I was about to make a much more silly phrase, but for cringe sake I didn't. My writing style tends to change depending on what book I read...)

  • Marc
    2019-02-22 08:48

    Cette partie de l'histoire est bien moins captivante et je m'y suis un peu perdu avec tous ces personnages. Mais on sent que des choses se mettent petit à petit en place et j'ai hâte de savoir lesquelles.

  • Camille
    2019-02-24 00:40

    Après plus d'un millier de pages d'un récit épique, les aventures du comte de Monte-Cristo touchent à leur fin. Sa soif de vengeance est apaisée et il peut clamer sa récompense, après s'être fait l'intermédiaire de la providence pendant des années. La conclusion est satisfaisante même si, comme dans le premier tome, on aurait pu souhaiter un moins de manichéisme dans le portrait des personnages.

  • Jane
    2019-03-13 00:27

    I happened to read a copy of The Count of Monte Cristo that was published in Estonian in 1987 and in two volumes and since these copies have been on my mother's bookshelves as long as I remember. Since the book is a quite long one and I hadn't actually read the original before, I decided to read it as a part of my reading challenge this year as a classic I never made time for before.And it was marvellous!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 ... but this book is about so much more than any of those adaptations make you think it is about. 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 ... goodness, for lack of a better word, in prison. 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! Sure, his influence and his machinations were there most of the time, but I actually expected to read more about him and his actions and less about these characters whom Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo influences.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.

  • Marilou
    2019-03-09 05:36

    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 control. The main character succeeds to have control over almost everything thanks to money and plotting : his environment, other characters, his own emotions... 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.

  • Patrick Robitaille
    2019-03-21 07:27

    Despite its daunting length (around 1550 pages), Monte Cristo is a thoroughly enthralling novel and a genuine masterpiece. Filled with various adventures and several vignettes about French (especially Parisian) life in the upper classes in the first half of the 19th century, it relates the story of Edmond Dantès, a merchant sailor, who was falsely imprisoned on accusations of conspiring for the return of Napoleon in 1815. His sojourn in the Château d’If gaol leads to a spectacular reversal of fortune and provides him a platform to mount a spectacular revenge he later inflicted on those who contributed to his jailing. There is rarely a dull moment throughout the narrative, with its quick succession of adventures and intrigues, and the fantastic powers at the Count’s disposal. The plot in its itself is quite extraordinary and almost unbelievable. Definitely a classic and hard to put down.

  • Ivana
    2019-03-04 07:57

    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 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.

  • Bastet
    2019-03-03 01:53

    La historia de venganza más exquisita de la literatura. Si pudiera reencarnarme en un personaje de ficción, lo tengo tan claro como tenía Edmond Dantès su maquiavélico plan. Leyendo el ensayo de Patricio Pron El libro tachado he sabido que diecisiete de los libros cuya autoría se atribuye a Alexandre Dumas, padre (1802-1870) los escribió a medias con Auguste Maquet. Fueron en total diez años de colaboración, a lo largo de los cuales crearon juntos las novelas que dieron fama únicamente al primero: Los tres mosqueteros (1844) y El conde de Montecristo (1845). Ambas están inspiradas en la vida de su padre, el general Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, más conocido como el Conde Negro.

  • Charlotte
    2019-02-23 01:36

    J'ai toujours un peu d’appréhension avant de lire un "grand classique" mais dès les premiers chapitres, j'ai été subjuguée par cette histoire de trahison et de vengeance. Le Comte de Monte-Cristo est évidemment très bien écrit, l'histoire nous transporte, nous surprend et nous inquiète parfois tant Edmond Dantès va parfois très loin pour assouvir ses désirs de vengeance. Heureusement le héros, contrairement à ses ennemis, sait se remettre en question et j'ai été soulagée de voir qu'une fois son grand projet achevé, Dantès réalise son erreur : sa prétention à vouloir être plus qu'un homme, "la main de dieu".C'est une histoire que je pense relire un jour (plus de 1300 pages...), et qui m'a donnée des envies non pas de vengeance, mais plutôt de voyage!

  • Larisa Sami
    2019-03-18 06:29

    Couldn't be more satisfied. This is the most unique and satisfying kind of revenge!

  • Sophie
    2019-03-10 00:35

    L'action s’accélère, tout se bouscule..J'ai adoré retrouver les clins d'oeil de la série Revenge a pu faire à cette oeuvre...Un coup de coeur pour ce second opus !

  • caris
    2019-03-05 04:39

    ¡Qué bonito! me ha encantado, es una Obra de arte. Presentía que me gustaría pero no tanto... Lo recomiendo a todo el mundo.

  • David Newton
    2019-03-11 02:52

    Classic story of love and revenge - some concepts outdated, but a great historical piece.

  • Tiffany
    2019-03-10 07:31

    Two years of my life! Two years from beginning to end--that's what I spent with these 1700 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 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. 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: you desire justice to be done and yet you long for the creature's successful evasion. 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: "La Partition") also back loaded this book with prosy, pious speeches from Monsieur le comte, who at times is called god-like, other times the agent of God, and still others simply God. 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: my major problem with the books is the fact that character of Edmond Dantès is removed so utterly from the pages. 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: do you have to like the main character to like the book? 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. It felt cold.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. Why, if Edmond-slash-God reproves Mercedes' lack of faithfulness does he turn around and run off with a twenty year old protegée? 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." He responds:"No, no, it is not man's nature. 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." She repostes:"Perhaps I shall. 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. All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one, you need not covet it) is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone." The scene in which Dantès reprimands Mercedes for her marrying elsewhere while he still loved her is soured when immediately after she admits to wrinkles and white hair, he says "Later, babe!" And takes off with a child bride. I understand that the problem is that I am the wrong kind of reader for this book. While I acknowledge the architecture and strategy of it, the tight plotting, the marvelous symmetry of the revenge scheme and the purity of the language, I am too much a creature of the twentieth century: I want psychology. For me most o the philosophy of this book talk is marred by the insights we've gained into our species. Here's one: waiting around for a fiancé for 20 years just wouldn't have been economically feasible for Mercedes. She would've had to eat, plus she probably wouldn't have been able to defend herself against the men who would've been swarming her door. There's a reason single women used to join convents or become walled up anchorites. It was safety. Furthermore today we have scientific proof that were are, even at our best, inconsistent critters. For all that we have lost with the beauty of 19th century language we have gained in human insight, and for me what is truly the height of human accomplishment is language yes, but even more so, understanding of human frailty.

  • sabisteb
    2019-03-05 08:27

    Marseilles, 24.02.1815. Nach einer langen Fahrt, bei welcher der Kapitän des Schiffes starb, kehrt der junge Seemann Edmond Dantès als erster Offizier und provisorischer Kapitän der "Pharao" in seinen Heimathafen zurück. Der Reeders Morrel ist glücklich über die sichere Heimkehr und so von Dantès Fähigkeiten angetan, dass er ihn augenblicklich zum Kapitän befördert. Dantès Leben ist perfekt. Ein super Job, es soll in wenigen Tagen seine große Liebe Mercédès heiraten und das alles, obwohl er gerade mal Anfang 20 ist. So jung und schon ein gemachter Mann, das zieht Neider nach sich, in Edmonds fall gleich drei. Danglars, Zahlmeister an Bord der "Pharao", neidet Edmond seine kometenhafte Karriere. Fernand, Mercédès Cousin, neidet ihm seine Cousine, die er selbst heiraten möchte. Caderousse ist einfach nur betrunken und ihm ist Edmond zumindest soweit egal. Beim Wein hecken die drei einen perfiden Plan aus. Sie schicken einen anonymen Brief an den Staatsanwalt, in welchem sie Dantès als bonapartistischen Agenten denunziert. Danglars schreibt den Brief, Caderousse schaut zu und Fernand wirft ihn ein. Während der Vorbereitungen zu seiner Hochzeit wird Edmond gefangengenommen, vom stellvertretenden Staatsanwalt Villefort, um dessen Vater Noirtier zu schützen, nach Château d’If verfrachtet und von allen für die nächsten 14 Jahre vergessen, bis Edmond die Flucht gelingt und er fürchterlich Rache nimmt.Ungefähr so kennt jeder die Geschichte irgendwie. Meist aus dem Fernsehen durch eine der unzähligen Verfilmungen, die keine diesem Buch gerecht werden können, dann ganz ehrlich, so ausführlich eine Verfilmung auch ist, keine schafft es, die kompletten ca. 1500 Seiten wirklich wiederzugeben. Meist kommt dabei eine Rachegeschichte heraus, die mal besser oder schlechter ausfällt. Ich habe nie wirklich verstanden, wie dieses Netz der Rache funktioniert, das Dantès spannt, weil ein Film dieses in all seinen Feinheiten einfach nicht widergeben kann und bei jeder Verfilmung irgendwelche Logiklücken entstehen, die es im Buch nicht gibt.Diese Geschichte erschien als Fortsetzungsgeschichte in einer Zeitung, ist also eigentlich auch nur wenig mehr als ein Groschenroman und weder sprachlich noch stilistisch wirklich ausgefeilt, schon aus dem Grund, weil Dumas eine Schreibwerkstatt leitete und mehrere Autoren für sich arbeiten ließ, ähnlich wie heute bei den Perry Rhodan Heftchen. Da Dumas nach Zeile bezahlt wurde, sind einige der Dialoge auch eher unmotiviert und belanglos in die Länge gezogen. Überhaupt, die Beschreibung des Edmond Dantès ist so klischeehaft, das er auch heutige Frauenherzen (besonders der Vampirliebhaberinnen) höher schlagen lassen dürfte: "Seine weiße Weste zeichnete eine breite und stolze Brust ab, uns sein schwarzer Kragen stand durch die Natur seiner reinen Farbe im nicht zu verkennenden Kontrast zu männlichen Blässe seines Gesichts." Des Weiteren hat der Graf schönes (schwarzes) Haar und ist stinkreich und Single.Nicht mal die Idee stammt von Dumas selber, die fand er im fünften Band der "Erinnerungen aus den Polizeiarchiven von Paris" in denen ein Schuhmacher namens Francois Picaud 1807 kurz vor seiner Hochzeit fälschlich verurteilt wird, ins Gefängnis kommt, dort einen Geistlichen kennenlernt, der erzählt von einem Schatz, der Schumacher hebt ihn und nimmt an allen Rache, die an seiner Verurteilung schuldig sind. Das Ganze noch gewürzt mit der Geschichte des Hochstaplers Alessandro Cagliostro und fertig ist der historische Abenteuerroman.Der historische Roman an sich, war damals auch gerade en vogue und Dumas war einer von über 200 Walter Scott Imitatoren, die den Bedarf der Leser nach historischen Romanen deckten, ähnlich wie heute diese Vampirgeschichtenschreiberlinge.Warum wurde dieses Buch dann zum Klassiker? Sicherlich nicht, weil Dumas ein begnadeter Autor war, aber ein begnadeter Erzähler. Er entwirft sehr spannende, zeitlose Geschichtenkonzepte (die seine Angestellten wohl ausfüllten) und ließ sich dabei von der Realität inspirieren und entlehnte (genau wie Walter Scott) wahre Begebenheiten, die so abgefahren sind, dass man sie sich als Autor kaum ausdenken könnte. Vielleicht wurde das Buch zum Klassiker, weil das Leben die besten Geschichten schreibt und Dumas einfach spannend erzählen konnte und ein zeitloses Thema sauber aufbereitet hat. Das Intrigennetz ist sauber und solide gespannt, Dantès hat seine Gegner ordentlich recherchiert und die Geschichte bleibt konstant spannend. Überhaupt ist Dumas Recherche sehr ausführlich, was man in Zeiten des Internets nicht unterschätzen darf. Nachnamen von Adligen aus der Borgia Zeit, Maler und Komponisten der Renaissance, und auch heute noch exotische Gifte (Angosturarinde, Brucin) fand man damals sicherlich nicht einfach so bei Wikipedia, da musste man einiges an Bücher wälzen. Dumas war belesen, er zieht viele Parallelen zu bekannten Romanen und Figuren seiner Zeit, wie den Vampirgeschichten von Lord Byron, an welche die Menschen um den Grafen von Monte Cristo denken müssen, wenn sie diesen vampirisch anmutenden Menschen betrachten. Auch Vergleiche mit der antiken Mythologie und damals aktuelle Theaterstücken (Friedrich Lindheimers Cremoneser Geige) kommen nicht zu kurz, die sich vielen heutigen Lesern jedoch entziehen dürften, den heute hat man diese Geschichten meist nicht mehr so parat. Dumas entwirft starke, lebensechte Frauen, die sich auch gegen ihre Männer stellen und keine klischeehaften Hexen oder Engel sind, wie bei Dickens. Überhaupt wirken alle Figuren sehr Lebensecht und haben ihre Ecken und Kanten. Villefort ist z. Bsp. ein Workaholic, der seinen Kummer in Arbeit ertränkt und auch Dantès ist nicht nur ein Racheengel, wie er in den Filmen oft dargestellt wird. Er ist Wohltäter und Rächer und zum Schluss bekommt er sogar Gewissensbisse, ob es richtig war, was er getan hat und zweifelt an seinen Taten.Nun noch ein leidiges Thema, das man bei Klassikern leider oft ansprechen muss. Welche Version ist die Richtige für mich. Es gibt haufenweise bearbeitete Ausgaben, man muss also schon sehr aufpassen, wenn man eine ungekürzte Version haben möchte. Diese muss ca. 1500 Seiten haben, so zur Orientierung. Eine weitere Schwierigkeit sind die Übersetzungen. Die vollständige Übersetzung von Max Pannwitz um die letzte Jahrhundertwende ist zwar mittlerweile gemeinfrei und kann vom Gutenbergprojekt heruntergeladen werden, diese ist jedoch, milde ausgedrückt, sehr frei. Ganze Abschnitte fehlen, Dialoge werden zusammengezogen. Max Pannwitz schreibt eher ein neues Buch schreibt, als eines zu übersetzen. Im Vergleich mit dem Original kann man nur die Übersetzung von Xénia Gharbi und Martin Schoske in zwei Bänden empfehlen. Die gibt es auch illustriert als Weltbild Sonderausgabe aus den 90ern.

  • Sandrine
    2019-03-22 04:53

    Le Comte de Monte-Cristo (Tome I et II) m'a accompagnée au cours des deux dernières années. Ce fût un roman que je lisais toujours entre des romans plus courts. J'y retournais toutefois toujours. Dès les premières pages, Dumas m'avait absorbée dans son histoire si bien racontée et décrite. Je me retrouvais dans le port de Marseille dès les premiers mots. Avec ses nombreux personnages, le livre nous présente plusieurs histoires toutes interreliées. Nous attendons tout au long du livre le fameux moment qu'Edmond sort de prison et qu'il opère sa vangeance. Dumas nous décrit celle-ci de manière très lente et fait en sorte que nous restons toujours attachés et affamés d'en savoir davantage. Le Comte de Monte-Cristo n'est pas seulement un livre d'aventure décrivant si bien une époque, mais également un livre recueillant de sages paroles et leçons sur la vie. J'ai beaucoup appris avec ce livre et après l'avoir terminé, mon livre qui m'a accompagné durant ses deux années retrouvent sa place dans mon étagère.Je recommande fortement ce livre à tout lecteur!

  • Angie
    2019-02-28 03:32

    Un grand classique de la littérature française qu'il faut lire au moins une fois ! Le nombre de pages et le style peuvent en décourager plus d'un, mais l'intrigue est drôlement bien ficelée et on s'attache à ces personnages. Une fois qu'on a commencé, on veut savoir ce qu'Edmond Dantès a derrière la tête et quel sera le dénouement de toute cette histoire !

  • Matt
    2019-03-23 01:53

    lots more excitement and silliness as Dumas brings the various threads together for the grand finale. though for some reason many of them get discarded along the way, and never seem to be resolved in a particularly satisfactory manner.i did like his nuanced portrayal of the effects of vengeance -- Dantès gets everything he wants, but at a terrible cost.

  • Natalie Light
    2019-03-20 06:42

    It's been a while since I've read anything in French, so I was a bit intimidated by "Le Comte" at first, given its length and 19th century language. However, it was an enjoyable read; yes it was wordy at times, or overly philosophical, like most novels of the period. However, it was clever with some quite unexpected plot twists, fast-paced and eventful. A true story of revenge and redemption.

  • Olivia
    2019-02-26 02:39

    Par où commencer ?Ce livre est un des meilleurs qu'il m'ait été donné de lire dans ma courte existence. Le bonheur qu'il m'a procuré est enivrant. Tout dans ce livre vaut le détour. Le Comte de Monte-Cristo est incontestablement un chef d'oeuvre de la littérature de fiction française et pour cause :- L'intrigueOk. C'est l'intrigue la plus folle, la plus intelligente, la plus savamment agencée et conduite que j'ai pu lire. C'est juste époustouflant cette agilité qu'à Dumas d'organiser les événements dans le temps, de les faire paraitre comme secondaire pour ensuite les ramener vingt ans après frapper les protagonistes. Il y a une maîtrise parfaite des échelles de temps et pourtant passé et présent sont constamment mêlés. Chaque chapitre à son sens, chaque détail à son importance. Malheur à celui qui lirait trop vite et passerait un des détours qui est voué à grossir et engloutir l'un des personnages 200 pages plus loin.J'ai eu à plusieurs reprise le sentiment que ce livre était écrit en miroir. On commence à un point et quelque part, on y finit également mais entre temps des choses incroyablement affreuses et magnifiques ont changé les deux reflets.Au niveau des événements et de la vengeance elle est orchestrée pratiquement dans le même ordre que celui qui nous est décrit au début.- La profondeur du Comte et des personnages.Ce qui donne à ce livre sa fougue, c'est bien Edmond Dantès à qui je ne trouve aucun rival dans la littérature. D'abord heureux, jeune et crédule, il entame une métamorphose qui le porte au-dessus du commun des mortels, une métamorphose nourris par les idées de vengeance. Tout déifié qu'il l'est, Edmond reste un mortel et c'est tout simplement fantastique que la fin de cet ouvrage qui nous ramène à cette réalité et enlève au personne toute caricature qu'on aurait pu en faire.Aussi puissant qu'il soit devenu, il a également ses doutes, ses peurs, ses hésitations et son obligation d'être jugé également au même titre que les autres.Le personnage est créé d'une main de maître, les détails encore en sont la clef et on adore voir se dérouler les stratagèmes qu'il a mis en place avec pour seul but de faire justice. Là encore, c'est savamment joué car on adore Monte-Cristo, mais parfois il nous agace, parfois il nous énerve puis on en retombe sous le charme. C'est ça la complexité, la profondeur du Comte. Les autres personnages - et il y en a beaucoup - forment la base de ses aventures. Ils ont aussi leurs maux, leurs regrets...etc. Petite déception de mon côté car il y en certains que j'imaginais davantage punis.- L'écriture et le styleLe livre est aussi facile à lire qu'on se laisserait descendre une rivière en barque. La lecture est fluide, les mots sont bien choisis. Certaines comparaisons coupent le souffle. Les dialogues sont bien cadencés et les descriptions succintes. Le vocabulaire y est riche et j'ai beaucoup appris.Je déplore, bien que ce ne soit inévitable dans un ouvrage de cette ampleur, quelques longueurs ça et là, trés vite pardonnées dès lors que le suspense se remet à monter. Dumas maîtrise parfaitement cela et certaines pages nous maintiennent scotchés, le cœur battant, le souffle court en attente du dénouement. A tous ceux qui aiment l'aventure, les personnages forts et qui adorent les histoires intelligentes, foncez. Vous ressortirez du livre avec bien plus que cela, d'autant que le Comte distille une sagesse au fil des pages qui bien qu'écrite il y a longtemps, est toujours parfaitement actuelle.

  • JonathanK
    2019-02-24 01:32

    La suite de la lente et implacable vengeance d'Edmond Dantes. Un chef-d'oeuvre.

  • Laura Molina
    2019-03-21 07:48

    4.5

  • Joanna
    2019-02-26 02:57

    Kocham tę książkę całym sercem!