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The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas

8 reviews

r_bridie_e's review against another edition

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adventurous hopeful reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

4.5

An epic story full of romance, adventure, and drama! While a large read, I found myself fully immersed in the story and our wide cast of characters! I was interested, I was scared, I was happy, and I was sade while reading this. I’m surprised this hasn’t been adapted to TV yet. I recommend a read; don’t let the size deter you.

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kat1105's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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lizziaha's review against another edition

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  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.0

In a book that is so dark for the majority of its (very numerous) pages, I found the ending to be incredibly hopeful and joyous. Although the romantic in me hoped
Spoilerthat Dantes and Mercedes would end up together
. Surprisingly, I found very little of this book to be superfluous; indeed, it was very satisfying to watch the Count weave his complicated web of revenge. I found myself rooting for unlikely heroes, and marveling at the tangled mess where these characters lives had intertwined. I was also utterly surprised and delighted to see two queer characters who find a happy end in this book! Altogether worth the read, even though it was a long time coming for me. 

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chocolatethief's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional hopeful informative mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5


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rchristine11's review against another edition

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adventurous dark tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

The really enjoyable part of the book was seeing how character built their own tombs and designed their own ruins. The less enjoyable part was the long winded narrative, slow pace, and glorification of suicide. 

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cynicalraven's review against another edition

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dark slow-paced
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

Not a review, sorry. Just thoughts for myself. Please skip this. 


Eugénie real mvp here. Truly an icon. She lived up to Albert calling her Diana,
Spoiler considering she ran off with a woman after saying that all men are terrible. I mean she was not wrong considering there is not a single decent man in the whole book
Also, the only woman with a minimum of agency. 
Spoiler apart from Villefort's second wife who killed everyone in her family lol
Poor girl said "fuck this shit I'm out"
Spoiler and ran off with her gf
 
In the time the book was written I'm sure her character was not seen as positive but I don't care. All the other women are... something. Why am I analysing the women of this book? Because the men are all terrible and that's literally the point of the book lol. Mercedes has no personality whatsoever because she's supposed to be the faithful righteous selfless woman who's only interest is her son. Valentine's is more or less the same. Her relationship with her grandpa was cute. The way everyone treats the man is not. But what can I expect from a classical book? Not to be racist, misogynistic and ableist? 

I would have liked the book more if the Count
Spoiler did not end up with a girl who is not even 20 and less than half his age, whom he used to call "my child" and referred to as his daughter because that's literally disgusting. Also he's literally a slave owner. "But you have to understand when this book was written!!" Yeah, in a time when slavery was illegal in France. Still a slave owner. 
 

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deverills's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional funny mysterious reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

It is certainly a book of its time, but I found myself always intrigued and sort of fascinated by Edmond's psyche and looking forward to seeing him manipulate everything and everyone around him after he managed to escape the Château d'If. I was surprised by how straightforward Dumas' writing style is. Unlike other classic authors, he doesn't waste a whole lot of time with descriptive writing and goes straight to what matters. The ending was slightly disappointing to me, but I still enjoyed it. A timeless reflection on what the thirst for revenge can do to one's mind and heart. 

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marianneb's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional hopeful inspiring mysterious reflective sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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