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Book Review

Publisher's Note:

Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything. He is engaged to a beautiful woman, is about to become the captain of a ship, and is well liked by almost everyone. But his perfect life is shattered when he is framed by a jealous rival and thrown into a dark prison cell for 14 years.…

The Count of Monte Cristo

by Alexandre Dumas

Overall Book Review:

Love. Betrayal. False Imprisonment. A Daring Escape. A Hidden Treasure.  A Calculated Revenge.  The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas has it all.  A classic among classics, this story justly deserves all the praise its fans have heaped upon it over the years.  It transcends beyond an adventure story into the dissection of motives, revenge, and justification. 

Readers beware! Make sure you read the right book!  The edition of this book that was sent to me for review had an anonymous abridgement and translation.  Frankly, it was poor.  Significant sections of the story are omitted all together, some story lines are not finished, and sections of no relevance to the plot are included.  These flaws result in the diminishing of a great story to a barely tolerable, diluted one.   If you choose an abridged version, I strongly suggest the version by Lowell Bair.  That is The Count of Monte Cristo I fell in love with! 


This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Sterling Publishing


Content Analysis:

The following content review is for the Sterling (Barnes and Noble Classics) edition with translation and abridgement by an anonymous party.  Content in the unabridged version or in other abridgements, may (and does) contain additional items which are not noted here.

Violence  includes the following:  report of a robber and his methods; report of impending execution; report a of skirmish and fighting with a few details; report by a character of a battle involving death by sword, knife, gunfire; the death by poisoning or illness of five characters; the suicide of two characters. 

Profanity was noted once.  There were instances when characters called upon God or Heaven for help, but these instances fell under the category of supplication. 

Sexual content consists of a character kissing another character’s hand.  An affair was implied.

Mature themes include, but are not limited to betrayal, revenge, vengeance, judgment, and suicide.  This book has excellent discussion material for a book club or school project. 

Mature Subject Matter:

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Alcohol / Drug Use:

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Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
1
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
3
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
3
10

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About the Reviewer

An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!