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28-07-2009, 00:26   #1
 
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The Count of Monte Cristo

Just finished the Count de Monte Cristo, what a book. The way Dumas builds tension at various points in plot is excellently done, and manages to the bring it together well at the end.

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Who got the worse deal?
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28-07-2009, 15:14   #2
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Read this years ago, I remember loving it! Can't remember the details of it that well though...
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28-07-2009, 15:41   #3
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I've always wanted to read this. Several times I've went into a bookshop looking for a cheap version of it but can never find the Wordsworth cheap ass version. My day will come!
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You gotta start buying online TedB(undy?)!!!

Ive never read it, its on the shelf though. I heard a rumor that the reason its so long is that Dumas was getting paid by the page so it was financially better for him for it to be longer.
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I've always wanted to read this. Several times I've went into a bookshop looking for a cheap version of it but can never find the Wordsworth cheap ass version. My day will come!
€4.07 delivered. Ya can't go wrong with that now.

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28-07-2009, 16:26   #6
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Ive never read it, its on the shelf though. I heard a rumor that the reason its so long is that Dumas was getting paid by the page so it was financially better for him for it to be longer.
In the same boat!

Have a copy at home I bought last year. Then the sheer size of the bastard thing put me off. Damn you, lack of time!
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28-07-2009, 16:29   #7
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On my shelf as well, I've only heard amazing things! I'll read it soon.
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Ah lads, time to get it off the shelf and read it, took a small bit of time to get into it, but pretty soon I was reading 200 pages at a time.
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Great novel, very long and the middle section drags a little. Still though the second half is brilliant. Very easy to read.

As for who got the worst deal:
Spoiler: I think Mercedes got it from all sides. First she was manipulated into a marriage by Fernand by conspiring to have Dantes thrown in prison. Then her son is manipulated by Dantes and almost destroyed. Finally, at the end Dantes (as i remember) can't forgive her for giving up on him and goes off with a younger woman.
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Great book and well worth a read

The size of it is off putting and it is very disheartening when you have read loads and still not made a dent in it

But it is easy to read and you will fly through it once you get started

The story and the sense of time passed is handled really well, highly recommend it
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Thread mega-bump!!

Finished this off last night, an incredible book, absolute incredible. I want to watch the movie adaption but I know already that it will pale in comparison.
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Finished this off last night, an incredible book, absolute incredible. I want to watch the movie adaption but I know already that it will pale in comparison.
The issue with the movie version (Pearse and Caviezal version) is not that its bad by comparison, just different. Not a spoiler but just in case...Spoiler: Specifically the film is afraid of maintaining certain aspects of the story with regard to Dantes' ruthlessness in certain scenarios. Other then that I quite liked it. Must watch the original movie.

Really is a fantastic book, and despite its size I never once stopped and sighed at what I had left to go. I can be a slow reader, and certainly some sections are a little slower, but I flew through it.
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Finished this off last night, an incredible book, absolute incredible. I want to watch the movie adaption but I know already that it will pale in comparison.
which version of it did you read?
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Get your free software Kindle for Mac or PC and download the book for as little as $1.22 Inc VAT from http://<a href="http://www.amazon.co...amazon.com</a> - there are lavishly illustrated versions as well as 1,250+ page annotated versions
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Would be one of my "desert island" books, I love it - on kindle clearly, as its bloody huge
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