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Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo

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4/5 stars

This is a much easier way to digest classic novels! This is a fantastic adaptation, even though the dialogue feels quite stiff. A great way to get younger readers more into the classic novels.
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I absolutely live these Manga editions of William Shakespeare's Classics! They are so much easier to follow and understand. I totally recommend this book! I just reviewed Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. #NetGalley
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Manga Classics has done it again! A massive undertaking for this epic book, but they stayed true to the plot and provided stunning landmarks and visual details.

Gorgeous artwork, I was drawn into the story like never before. I’m so curious to re-read the original now and see what new appreciation I have after getting to read it in this condensed, visual way. They managed to keep this complex plot easy to follow, and I would love to see these comics in school libraries, to get kids invested and eager to read intimidating classics like this!
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The Count of Monte Cristo has always been a favorite of mine.

It's the ultimate revenge story, with deeply fleshed out characters, settings and storylines.

Of course, given that the original book is massive, a Manga adaptation would never be 'to the letter', but it's a very good intro for someone feeling a bit 'scared' of diving into the original classic.

Illustrations are very well done and you do get the overall sense of the story.
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I’ve always wanted to read this classic but was always turned off from it due to its large size. This was a wonderful illustrated adaption of the story and I enjoyed. Some parts dragged but other than that the story itself was good and the art style was pretty.
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Another classic. 
Again, they should definitely make the classics illustrated beautifully like this. It makes it so easy to read and to get into the story. 

Love! Love!
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I have always loved this story. The Count of Monte Cristo will always be my favorite book and movie! But seeing it as a Manga was just so much fun! I don't regret reading this at all! I loved this art as well!
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I haven't read the original, but I enjoyed this so much that it made me really want to! I think I have a copy on my shelves that I just dig out. 

Even though I didn't have a clear view (due to the ARC version), the artwork appeared to be beautiful! This reminded me of the Great Illustrated Classics that I read and loved as a kid, but even better! 

I appreciated the effort and care they put into this adaptation, and enjoyed reading about the process. I think this would be a great tool to use while reading the original. 

I'd definitely recommend this story and I can't wait to read more Manga Classics! 

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the free digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions presented here are my own.
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I honestly hated this. It needs to be edited. A graphic novel adaptation shouldn't just tell a story back exactly as it was written in the actual novel it borrows inspiration from, instead it should find the most important elements of the story and illustrate them in a way that doesn't make it draggy and awful.
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Revenge. It’s a huge word. The whole plot was based on it. It started on strong and the manga was very easy to read. I loved the plot and the diverse characters. The twist and turns kept me on the track. I really enjoyed it. Also, I just loved the ending so much! 🥹❤️

Ps. Review will be posted on goodreads, storygraph and on my Bookstagram @daisypea.reads.
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I loved reading The Count of Monte Cristo in novel form, and it's just as amazing as a manga classic. 

This version does cut out the details that build up to the main revenge plot. But these cuts were necessary to condense the book. It reads like how some of the abridged versions are... except with illustrations. The plot is still very much understandable and engaging.

All in all, it's a beautifully illustrated and condensed version of the classic.

I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys a well thought out revenge plot. Or someone who has read the novel but has trouble visualizing the scenes.

Thank you for the opportunity to read this ARC via NetGalley!
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A retelling of a classic using manga style artwork. Excellent art, story is true to the original. I love the the bonus stuff to use in the classroom. Excellent addition to curriculum.

4 stars
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Set in 19th-century France, "The Count of Monte Cristo" follows the journey of Edmond Dantès, a young sailor unjustly imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. The manga opens with the introduction of characters and relationships, smoothly establishing the intricate web of alliances and betrayals that drive the plot. The artwork serves as a powerful tool in conveying emotions and personalities, making it easier for readers, both familiar and new to the story, to connect with the characters on a deeper level.
The manga format lends itself well to the story's pacing. As the story unfolds, the panels effectively convey both the grandeur of the aristocratic world and the grittiness of prison life. The artists' attention to detail shines in the depictions of settings, costumes, and expressions, creating an immersive experience that captures the atmosphere of each scene.
One of the manga's strengths lies in its ability to maintain the intricate plot and character development that make "The Count of Monte Cristo" a literary masterpiece. While some adaptations may sacrifice depth for brevity, this manga ensures that key plot points and character motivations are preserved, providing a satisfying narrative experience for readers familiar with the original story. Additionally, the pacing allows newcomers to discover the plot's twists and turns without feeling overwhelmed by its complexity.
However, as is often the case with adaptations, certain nuances of the original prose may be lost in translation to a visual medium. Some of the intricate dialogue and internal monologues are understandably condensed, potentially leaving readers unfamiliar with the original novel with a slightly simplified understanding of the characters' motivations. Yet, this is a common trade-off when adapting any dense literary work to a visual format.
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I love The Count of Monte Cristo and the manga version is awesome as the book. I loved every strips.
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“The Count of Monte Cristo” by French author Alexander Dumas is a classic tale of revenge that has endured for almost two centuries. This Manga Classic edition is a fantastic adaptation by Crystal S. Chang.  She takes a meandering story which covers decades and includes multitudes of characters and pares it down to a concise story that stays true to the original but fits well in the manga format. Much of the exposition that would take chapters in the original can be told using Nokman Poon’s  
drawings in just a few pages. Scenery for many of the settings are based on the historic settings. Purists may prefer to read an original work or translation.  But graphic editions can help tell a story to a new generation who would not seek out a large volume. This manga edition allows for comprehension of the story for a much larger readership. I recommend this manga to anyone wishing to familiarize themselves with the classic story with easy reading in a short amount of time.  

The books in the Manga Classic collection would be a fantastic addition to high school English class curriculums and should be in all high school libraries. Although ideal for reluctant readers, this series can also be appreciated by anyone who wishes to include some classics in their reading list.

The publishers Manga Classics an imprint of Udon Entertainment and the author, Crystal S. Chan have  provided a complimentary digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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A great way for someone who doesn’t have the time to read the complete novel. Important parts have been taken to make this manga, which tells the story of The Count of Monte Cristo.
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I was really excited to read this manga since my dad loves The Count of Monte Christo, however it felt rushed or as parts were missing so I was confused reading it. Maybe with reading the actual book then coming back to this may yield a better experience.
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Reading this in manga format was such a visually appealing experience. Seeing all the characters and drama and betrayal portrayed like this was fantastic.
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I truly enjoyed this version of The Count of Monte Cristo. The story flowed very well, and it also showed the emotions the characters have when they are in certain situations. I really loved how the Count was drawn, he was drawn very well and I liked that. I also enjoyed reading the story. I really liked how Edmond Dantes went from a promising captain of a ship and about to be married, to a man escaping jail and promising vengeance on the three people that threw him in jail for no reason. I also like the ending and how he helped the two lovers get together and also reveals to Valentine and the prospector, I think it was, who killed her father. I would read this manga again and enjoy it all over again-that's how good it was.
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A well done illustrated adaptation of a classic. Despite it being in a different format, it managed to capture the essence of the original plot and characters. It was an engaging read and the illustrations were well done.
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