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The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexander Dumas
The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by French author Alexandre Dumas. It is one of the author's most popular works, along with The Three Musketeers. Like many of his novels, it is expanded from plot outlines suggested by his collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet. The story takes place in France, Italy and islands in the Mediterranean during the historical events of 1815-1838. It begins from just before the Hundred Days period (when Napoleon returned to power after his exile) and spans through to the reign of Louis-Philippe of France. The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book. An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy and forgiveness, it focuses on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune and sets about getting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. However, his plans have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty. In addition, it is a story that involves romance, loyalty, betrayal and selfishness, shown throughout the story as characters slowly reveal their true inner nature. The book is considered a literary classic today. According to Luc Sante, "The Count of Monte Cristo has become a fixture of Western civilization's literature, as inescapable and immediately identifiable as Mickey Mouse, Noah's flood, and the story of Little Red Riding Hood.
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jenniferw88
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First milestone reached! #chunksterchallenge2023 @Amiable

Chapter 31.

Karisimo I‘m at ch 31 too! It seems like I‘m to far along in the story to only be at 25%, but I‘ve only seen the movie so there must be a lot it cut out?! 2d
Amiable Great job! You‘re making way better progress on your chunkster than I am this year. The struggle is real. 😖 2d
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jenniferw88
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

Continue Count, Darwin & Melmoth. IF I finish Darwin, I'll start Emma.

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jenniferw88
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@Amiable Just started Volume 2! Luckily I am enjoying it.

Just wondering, can we change our books if we read a book that fulfils a category before we get to the planned one? #chunksterchallenge2023

swishandflick My favorite classic! I remember being in the sixth grade, and checking out an unabridged copy from my school library. The librarian was so shocked, told me I was the first student to check it out in 8 years, and told me to keep it. Somewhere through the years I lost track of that copy and it makes me sad! 1w
eris404 @swishandflick that‘s a really sweet story ♥️ 1w
Amiable Of course! You can read whatever you want. The goal of the challenge is just to encourage people to aim for the book with the higher page counts that they might normally avoid.
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Karisimo I‘m on chapter 17 (he just met Faria)! It‘s been moving along faster than I expected! 1w
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Karisimo
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Spending the weekend in bed with some serious sinus issues 🤧, but using the time to start my #superchunkster read!

#ChunksterChallenge2023
@Amiable

Amiable Fabulous plan! 👍🏼 I really should read this one again. It‘s been a while. 2w
LitStephanie I hope you like it! I tried listening to the audio version but just got annoyed by all the French. I don't speak any French but think the printed version would be easier because one could just skip the French. 2w
AllDebooks @Karisimo hope you feel better. I've scheduled a #buddyread for this in March. You're more than welcome to join in, you too @Amiable https://litsy.com/p/akFhbnFiN2g1 2w
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Karisimo Thanks @AllDebooks please count me in for the March Buddy Read! 2w
Amiable @AllDebooks I‘m currently reading two 1,000+ page chunksters simultaneously. If I manage to finish one of them by March, I‘ll try to hop into your buddy read! Can you put me on your tag list just in case? 2w
AllDebooks @Amiable oooh, I LOVE a chunkster. What are you reading? Will add you to taglist x 2w
Amiable I‘m reading a biography of Beethoven and I‘m also participating in the #Clarissa read with a group of other Littens—you should join us! 2w
Amiable @AllDebooks And also —I‘ve been hosting a chunkster challenge for the past few years —you can get in on that as well! #ChunksterChallenge2023 2w
BarbaraJean Hope you‘re feeling better, and enjoying your Chunkster! This one is on my list for the #ChunksterChallenge2023 but I didn‘t feel quite ready to tackle it yet! @AllDebooks I‘d love to join your buddy read in March—it would be great to read this along with others. Would you add me to your tag list? 1w
AllDebooks @BarbaraJean of course, great to have you with us 😀 1w
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RedCurly
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The Count of Monte Cristo is my all time favourite. I love it so much I even have a tatoo. I read it back in high school and I still remember hoe much I loved everything about this book, especially the count's perfect revenge plan. 🖤🖤🖤

#readtheclassics

IuliaC This was one of my favorites in childhood and still is! 👍 3w
IndoorDame I love those volumes ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
FromMyLectory Aaw me too! Has to be my most re-read book ever ❤️ 3w
RedCurly @FromMyLectory I really want reread it but I never find time. To much new books... 3w
swishandflick My favorite classic! I remember being in the sixth grade, and checking out an unabridged copy from my school library. The librarian was so shocked, told me I was the first student to check it out in 8 years, and told me to keep it. Somewhere through the years I lost track of that copy and it makes me sad! 1w
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jenniferw88
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@Cinfhen #weeklyforecast

The Count will be staying there for some time!

Continue:
Count of Monte Cristo
The Postcript Murders

Finish:
American Sherlock
Jamaica Inn

Start:
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Cathythoughts I‘ll be starting Jamaica Inn soon as it‘s our next IRL Bookclub choice 👍🏻♥️ have a good week ! 1mo
Cinfhen I have a feeling you‘re gonna like this book 💚 1mo
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Texreader
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I‘m so glad I read these classics. They were all amazing. But the Count consumed me for weeks and I could read nothing else. It was worth every minute.

#chunksterchallenge2022

Amiable Great job! 1mo
Bookzombie Awesome! 1mo
Ruthiella Well done! 👏👏👏 1mo
MaureenMc 🎉 1mo
marleed Oh wow - I‘m impressed. Anything over 500 pages is daunting for me. I don‘t know when I last (or if read) a book over 1000 pages! 1mo
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Texreader
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Challenge Wrap-Ups to come

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Amiable I love that your chunkster was the best book of the year! 1mo
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Texreader
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I‘m calling it on the year‘s best book. There‘s no way I‘ll read better between now and year‘s end.

This is embarrassing though. I quit the brackets in August because I couldn‘t choose a favorite book in the first 8 months. But in hindsight, the cat took the lead by a hair. 😁🐈‍⬛ In the end, the Count beat them all.

So so many good books I read this year that didn‘t even make it into the #readingbracket2022

BarbaraBB Love your winner and that you read so many good African books! 2mo
Vansa There's so much discussion about "the canon" being irrelevant and so on,but I find that a lot of old classics are genuinely excellent, well written books with great character development.And by character development,I don't mean a privileged woman banging on about how she has " mental health" issues 2mo
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Texreader
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This book is the ultimate revenge novel, but with a little of everything: romance, pirates, murder mystery, betrayal, adventure, travel. Dantes was thrown in a dungeon on trumped up charges & after escaping and becoming insanely wealthy, he seeks insidious revenge on the culprits who put him there. It was impossible for me not to cheer him on. My only frustration was how he “helped” 2 lovers at the end; it was written to be a kindness but I ⬇️

Texreader took it as a cruelty. But I loved the end of Dantes‘ story. It was poignant. The book encompassed all my brain power and I couldn‘t read anything else at the same time. Too much going on and many surprises. Does anyone agree there seemed to even be a lesbian tryst in the book? The narrator was terrific. I doubt I‘d have finished it because of its somewhat dated writing style had I read the book. Listening to it was perfect. #chunksterchallenge 2mo
MaGoose I've always been meaning to read this classic. 2mo
Amiable Congratulations! Well done! 2mo
Texreader @MaGoose It‘s fantastic. And I‘m so glad I listened to it. Great narration and was perfect for drives and doing housework 2mo
Texreader @Amiable Thank you!! 2mo
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Texreader
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Truth. I can tell you all about The Count of Monte Cristo right now. 😁

https://www.instagram.com/p/CmRi2q1sW82/?igshid=NDk5N2NlZjQ=

Bklover You did it!! Woohoo!! Congratulations! 2mo
Texreader @Bklover Thanks!! It was so good 2mo
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Texreader
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Finished! 55 hours!! #chunksterchallenge @Amiable

Review to come but I can tell you now it was a 5-star read

TalesandTexts Wow!! My longest audiobook was anna karenina, at 30+ hours. That felt long. 55 hours!! Congratulations! 😄 2mo
zezeki Congrats!! I also finished this recently and loved it! 2mo
Amiable Hooray!! 2mo
deeannloso @Texreader This is one of my favorite classics! 2mo
MaureenMc 👏🎉👏 2mo
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Texreader
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Have I got a surprise! If you‘ve read the Oxford edition of this book, then you do not have this chapter!! I sometimes follow along the audiobook (which is unabridged) with my son‘s Oxford edition. And there between two paragraphs there should be this chapter (the subject is in the comments only if you want to read a spoiler)!

Texreader The “Past” has the Count visiting his dungeon at Chateau d‘If and leaving with a heart-rending souvenir. It‘s very good and I can‘t imagine why it was left out of the Oxford edition! 2mo
BarbaraBB I remember this so my translation did have it 😅 2mo
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Texreader
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9 chapters to go! And thanks for the cards, cutest little angel, and Santa bookmark!

@LiseWorks @Deblovestoread @Catsandbooks @Bookwormjillk ❤️❤️❤️🎄

Catsandbooks ❤️🎄 2mo
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Texreader
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I‘m on chapter 100!! 17 to go. And about 6 hours left of 55! So close!

#chunksterchallenge2023

DivineDiana You can do it! 👏🏻👍🏻📚 2mo
Texreader @DivineDiana Thank you! I‘m keeping at it! 2mo
Amiable You‘ve got this! 2mo
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Texreader
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I figured it was time for an update. This is the only book I‘m reading right now. It‘s pretty all-encompassing the brain cells. Only 40 chapters left to go!

#chunksterchallenge2022 @Amiable

vonnie862 It's long but a great classic! 2mo
Texreader @vonnie862 I‘m thoroughly enjoying it. I can see why it‘s a classic. I‘m hoping to finish by year‘s end. It‘s taken all of November to get this far so it‘s possible. 2mo
Liatrek Love this book so much! 2mo
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Bklover I loved this! But it is verrrry looonnng 2mo
Freespirit A real favourite of mine ❤️ 2mo
Amiable It‘s so good! 2mo
BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one too. 2mo
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Texreader
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Here are some of the cards I‘m making while listening to the tagged book, which is so good

Catsandbooks They look great!! 2mo
tpixie You are very talented!! 2mo
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Texreader
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My son‘s been reading this one so I thought I‘d try the audio. 52 hours of audio. #chunksterchallenge @Amiable

Nebklvr Wow. I can‘t commit to much over 12. 3mo
BarbaraBB It‘s very entertaining! I mixed audio and print and really enjoyed it. Good luck! 3mo
Catsandbooks Good luck on that chunkster journey! 3mo
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Amiable I enjoyed the book —let me know how the audio goes! I might do a reread. 3mo
AlaMich I loved it! I had just started it when everyone had to quarantine so I had nothing but time to read. 3mo
Texreader @Nebklvr I‘ve been like that for years but now I‘m sad when I‘m doing housework or something that I have to start a new book so I‘ve been enjoying it a lot 2mo
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Amiable
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⭐ ⭐ ⭐Three cheers to @zezeki for completing #ChunksterChallenge2022! It took TWO YEARS to get through it -- she started it for #ChunksterChallenge2021 but lost steam, so she tackled it again this year. And finished! AND she enjoyed it! I'm so proud of you. This is the very definition of persistence. Hooray! ⭐

AmyG Great job! 🙌🏻🎉 3mo
Bookwormjillk Woo hoo! Great job 👏 3mo
Deblovestoread Well done! 3mo
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squirrelbrain Well done @zezeki - you got there in the end! Phew! 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
Megabooks Awesome job @zezeki !! 🤩🥳 (edited) 3mo
Cinfhen Congrats 🎊🎉🍾 3mo
MaureenMc 👏👏👏 3mo
Ruthiella Well done @zezeki ! 👏👏👏 3mo
slategreyskies Congrats, @zezeki !! That‘s so awesome! Well done! 🙌 👏 3mo
Lcsmcat Congratulations @zezeki ! 3mo
GinaKButler Congrats, @zezeki 🙌🏼 3mo
CoverToCoverGirl Well done! @zezeki 👏🥳👏 3mo
Mollyanna Congrats @zezeki 🥳🥳🥳 3mo
Blackink_WhitePaper Congratulations 🎉 3mo
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kwmg40
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I finally finished this classic adventure story, after working through it slowly the entire year. I found the Penguin Classics Robin Buss translation to be very good (compared to the Project Gutenberg one).

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Ann_Reads Nicely done! 🙂 This has been on my to-read list for a long time, but it just seems too.daunting. My husband is convinced I'll like the story though. Thanks for the translation recommendation. 3mo
zezeki I'm currently reading it, I actually started last year but I'm determind to finish it by the end of this year! 😅💪🏼 3mo
RedCurly This is my favourite book! Congrats to read it, it is very long but worth the time 🥂 3mo
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SamAnne This has been on my TBR list for a long time! My brother just finished reading it this summer and it's prompted me to put in on my 2023 reading list. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
kwmg40 @Ann_Reads @SamAnne A friend of mine started with the Gutenberg translation and complained that a couple of passages sounded very strange. We compared the two translations to the original French and the Buss was definitely superior. I'm a big fan of PG and public domain books but in this case, the Buss was worth paying for. 3mo
kwmg40 @zezeki @RkaVlgyi My book club at work decided to read it over the year, and it helped to break it up into monthly chunks. Sometimes the action got exciting enough that I really wanted to read ahead! 3mo
kwmg40 @TheAromaofBooks Thanks for stopping by! 3mo
SamAnne @kwmg40 will take your recommendation. 3mo
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CoveredInRust
The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexander Dumas
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Panpan

I really need to learn to stop reading my childhood favorites and just let them be. I didn't love this this time around. Too much going on and not in a good way but in a "meet the word count" way. I am sad.

To raise my spirits, I have included a pic of Henry Cavill from the CoMC film he was in. So young then. This is apparently one of the times that I prefer the movie over the book.

IndianBookworm It's interesting to know your perspective, even I liked it as a child. I wonder what would my opinion be now! 3mo
CoveredInRust Part of me wants to tell you to let that memory live and part of me wants to know if you'd have a similar reaction 🤣🤣🤣 If you ever do reread, I hope to catch your updates on it! 3mo
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Texreader
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This is what happens when the high school screws up your new junior‘s schedule and gives him two study halls. He‘s showing them. He‘s 350 pages into this chunkster.

For those who follow me on Instagram it‘s my kid who wore his Oxford university T-shirt when he visited Cambridge this summer. 😂

KristiAhlers This is one of my FAVORITE classics. First is Les Miserables 🇫🇷💙 6mo
Liatrek Read this for the first time and loved it! I really wish it could get a good mini series treatment 🙂 6mo
BkClubCare Vanity Fair and Bleak House would be good, too! 6mo
Leftcoastzen I noticed that t-shirt ! Agitator!😂 6mo
AvidReader25 Just reread this one! 😍 6mo
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AvidReader25
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It‘s been a decade since I first read this & it was just as powerful the 2nd time around. The scenes with Dantes in prison remains some of my favorite from any book. I love his relationship w/the Abbe. The whole plot is an incredible example of patience & slow-burning revenge. There‘s a lag in the middle where the plot gets distracted, but other than that it‘s incredible start to finish. When it all comes together it‘s hard not to cheer out loud!

MrsMalaprop Wonderful photo 😍 6mo
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Gissy 🎂Thank you for those stories!🙌 (edited) 7mo
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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The Count has all his chess pieces in place and things are starting to come together. I can‘t put it down!!

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Liatrek
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This book was absolutely amazing!!! Felix loved the string ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ i loved all the characters and how everything came together. I highly recommend this classic it‘s worth the 1200+ pages. Part of me would love if they would do right an HBO series. I mean the book has everything perfect for a twisty drama series.

Freespirit Probably my favourite book! Such a wonderful story! 7mo
RaeLovesToRead Felix!!! 🥰🥰🥰 7mo
ravenlee Loved this book; I‘m so glad you did too! 7mo
IuliaC A wonderful book indeed! 7mo
kwmg40 My book club at work is reading this over the course of 2022, an installment each month. I'm enjoying it very much so far and happy to see your review. 6mo
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Liatrek
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On vacation decided to finally read The Count of Monte Cristo📚📚📚 Felix and I are Liking it so far 😻

RaeLovesToRead Hi Felix 👋🏻💕💕💕 7mo
sarahbellum Felix! 😻 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🐈‍⬛ 😻 7mo
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ravenlee I loved the Count! I felt for a while that all these subplots and seemingly random chapters were just peripheral, kind of milking the serialized story, but it all comes together! Hi Felix 😍 7mo
AlaMich Loved this book!! 7mo
Leftcoastzen So cute😻 7mo
writerlibrarian One of my favourite Dumas and the trope is almost immortal. Revenge plots are rarely bad. 7mo
CoffeeNBooks I read this last summer and really liked it. Felix is gorgeous! 7mo
AvidReader25 Love that book! 7mo
PaperbackPirate 💙 it! 7mo
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Michael_Gee
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I have been on such a BUMMER kick of “blah” reads (sorry for all my “so-so” reviews 😕) that I just want to throw out a blurb and say I am loving this book. It‘s exciting! I actually don‘t know where it‘s going all the time, and it‘s exactly what I want out of a novel. 😄

LeahBergen It‘s such a great read! 9mo
KathyWheeler I loved this book. 9mo
Michael_Gee @KathyWheeler @LeahBergen oh good! Glad to hear it keeps up. Loving it so far! 9mo
cinda.marie I had to read this in high school and I loved it! 9mo
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MelindaOtt
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Alexandre Dumas had some SPICY OPINIONS!

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Eggs Well done 11mo
SilversReviews Great job…love your photo!! 11mo
fictionaddictbooks @eggs @SilversReviews thank you😊😊😊 11mo
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wanderinglynn
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#tarottakeover

Betrayal, heartbreak, isolation – Edmond Dantès experiences all of that (& more) in Le Comte de Monte-Cristo.

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Bklover
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#two4tuesday

📖 I‘m trying to read more classics! My favorite is The Count of Monte Cristo, because it has everything! My least favorite so far has probably been Moby Dick (it‘s starts out great, and you get sucked in and then they bore you to death for a very long while)

📖 There are lots I want to read. Right now David Copperfield is calling my name.

JuniperWilde I‘d love to read TCOMC, too. It is on my short list 📚 11mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 11mo
Freespirit The COMC is an all time favourite for me❤️ 11mo
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Nessavamusic
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#Two4Tuesday

1. Not really, I have read a good number in the past and these days I enjoy easier reads.
2. I do really want to someday read the tagged classic.

melissajayne It‘s an excellent book 11mo
TheSpineView I agree with @melissajayne an excellent read! Thanks for playing 11mo
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AmandaBlaze
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choice 🖤🙌🏻📚 11mo
Eggs Agreed 🤗 11mo
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VioletMoonBooks
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The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure story that takes place during the historical events of 1815 to 1838. This piece tells the tale of a man who seeks revenge after his escape from prision and deals with the central themes of vengeance, justice, forgiveness, and mercy.
#TheCountOfMonteCristo #AlexandreDumas #book #books #bookart #bookartist #bookattitude #bookaholic #bookaholics #bookshelf #stack #Classics #Fiction #HistoricalFiction ❤️‍🔥🤎

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Michael_Gee
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This year‘s Big Book with my mom: it‘s gonna fly by! Our first month‘s reading ended at a dramatic break, when Dantès is led into the dungeon at the Château D‘If. I think I‘m going to enjoy this adventure novel.

vivastory I have the same edition! I hope to read it this year 13mo
Michael_Gee @vivastory This edition was too attractive to pass up! 13mo
LeahBergen It‘s a surprisingly speedy read, isn‘t it? 13mo
Michael_Gee @LeahBergen Yes! Way more than I expected. 13mo
Pip2 I just read this a couple months back and the same edition! Never a dull moment, an epic story! 13mo
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Ozbradster
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Thank you Jas16 for the beautiful edition of the Count of Monte Cristo and for helping me build my Penguin Classic collection. I love it. Can‘t wait to dive in. ❤️😀⚔️

Jas16 😘 13mo
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Cosyreader
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Posting this purely for accountability because I‘m determined to finish it! I‘m enjoying it so far - I was pleasantly surprised by how accessible it is. #motivation #chunkster #accountability

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This is what I'm going to read/listen for 50+ hours.. my goal is to finish it in January! 🤞🏻

Avanders I love this book 13mo
vlwelser 13mo
IuliaC A lovely one 👍 13mo
mandarchy I loved this book, but I read it almost 25 years ago. I think I need to reread it 13mo
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Pip2
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A man of many masks, the Count of Monte Cristo teaches one to go through life with some degree of humanity and to remain humble to some degree. This masterpiece incessantly kept you on edge all throughout 1243 pages of pure ingeniousness. The ending was prolific and tied the rest of the novel together very nicely. My only criticism comes not from the novel itself but the publisher. I purchased this novel brand new and the etching is already worn.