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The Count of Monte Cristo
« on: November 11, 2017, 08:10:52 PM »
I just finished watching the 2002 movie version of "The Count of Monte Cristo", which starred Jim Caviezel (Person of Interest). I've seen this version before, but had forgotten what a train wreck it is insofar as the plot lines of the book are concerned. It's a handsomely-mounted production, but a 130-minute movie can't do justice to the novel, which ran to 1300+ pages. Caviezel isn't an actor with much animation, but he was OK in the role. The unlikely casting of Gerard Depardieu in a French TV version that ran 6+ hours or so was more successful at presenting the actual story, I thought.

Now, onto the book topic: I thought I knew the story until I stumbled across an article concerning a new translation of the work. It alleged (IIRC) that all the current English translations were based on a highly-abridged translation done in the 1800s by someone who didn't really speak French all that well. He chopped out almost two-thirds of the novel, and censored some parts of it (that got your attention, didn't it?). The new translation also somewhat modernizes the language instead of the instead of shoehorning the English words into what someone thought was period-French language usage.

All in all, it's a very entertaining work (albeit long), but I can say that if you have only read earlier translations, then you don't really know the story. Certainly the movies won't give you most of the story. And I think all the movies have changed the ending, missing the point of the work.

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Re: The Count of Monte Cristo
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2017, 06:32:58 AM »
I doubt if I'll have time to reread it, but it would be nice if you'd either link to the translation or give us the name of the translator. Maybe some day.


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Re: The Count of Monte Cristo
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2017, 07:37:42 AM »
Is the link you provided the translation you are recommending?
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Re: The Count of Monte Cristo
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2017, 07:39:34 AM »
Sorry. I'm so used to see author's links in their signature, I didn't realize that cover was the actual link. My bad.


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Re: The Count of Monte Cristo
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2017, 08:27:13 AM »
Yes, that's the Penguin version translated by Robin Buss, published in 1996.
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Re: The Count of Monte Cristo
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2017, 09:38:19 AM »
That's the translation I read, I liked it a lot.

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Re: The Count of Monte Cristo
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2017, 08:41:56 PM »
I'm thinking it might be close to time for a re-read. It's been almost 8 years since the last time.

I've ordered a DVD set of a British mini-series of the book made in 1964. I've read some good recommendations of it.
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Re: The Count of Monte Cristo
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2017, 09:28:51 AM »
And here I thought Infinite Jest was long.  :o

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Re: The Count of Monte Cristo
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2017, 08:16:11 PM »
See my byline.   ;)

In all seriousness, though, I actually prefer the Caviezel movie to the book.  It leaves out a lot, and it changes some plot points, but I think it's a tighter story.  More satisfying ending, too.  *shrug*
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Re: The Count of Monte Cristo
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2017, 07:20:26 AM »
I just started reading this one.



Unabridged, 57c, and so far so good.


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