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Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo

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This is the manga adaptation of The Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas. I recived this copy from NetGalley in exchange for my free and honest review.

 I personally love the manga classics series. They take books that are on such a high pedestal and make them accessible to a wider audience. In this case taking a book that is over one thousand three hundred pages long and condensing it into a four hundred page manga.

The story is extremely compelling and I love the main character Edmond. He is brilliant and calculating as he seeks to right the wrongs that he had been dealt. While helping the people who are kind and loyal. 

Everything is so intertwined pieces of the plot that seem unnecessary at first pay off beautifully later. Each and every character has a part to play and the play them perfectly.

It is a fascinating tale of betrayal and vengeance and I adored every second of it. I highly recommend reading the manga classic version especially if your intimidated by the length of the original. I for one am going to have to tackle the original because I just want more of this story.
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A great way to take in the classics in a new and artistic way. Often I find myself unable to digest the classics because the language gets in the way of the visual. That is not the case here.
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The Count of Monte Cristo is what I usually site as my favorite book, and this manga adaptation did it justice. It is beautifully illustrated and cut the story down to its core elements. Perfect for both new and returning readers of tale. I do however feel like I got more out of it since I know the story so well, but it’s a good crash course for new readers.
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A nice graphic novel adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' timeless classic The Count of Monte Cristo. Staying faithful to the original story, this book captures essential elements of the plot and character arcs, introducing young readers to the breathtaking web of intrigue, action, and revenge that is the story of Edmond Dantes, who transforms from a poor sailor wrongly imprisoned for a crime he did not commit to an avenging angel who drives his enemies to ruin while handsomely rewarding his friends. The language of this manga is quite abrupt at times, creating a less-than-elegant tone and adding unnecessary speech like interjections which detract from the sombre yet intricate language of the original novel. Otherwise, this book does a decent job of capturing the complex story of the Count of Monte Cristo for young readers.
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This is a big story to be turned into a graphic novel, and I think they have done a great job in making this story work. 
The illustrations were amazing, and I also appreciated the "how to read a Manga" section at the start, which shows you which way to follow the text.
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Okay, this was awesome. I've never read The Count of Monte Cristo story even if I've heard of it obviously, so it was a really great way to read the main story (because obviously a big book like this one you must focus on the main plot to make into a manga) as the original scared me a bit.

The story focus on Edmond's revenge plot and I just love this mind, I was always wondering if something happening was from his scheme or just non-wanted reactions. Even if it's all about revenge I really liked how everything went and how it just fitted right for his plan. I liked him as a character as well as some others! 

The illustrations was also really well done, and even if there is a vast cast of characters, you could difference them all. I also appreciated how there were some story bubbles to give us a narrative infos, and not only talks.
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A wonderfully gorgeous rendition of one of my favorite classics! As a young student, it was one of the few school reading requirements that hooked me on classics so to see it come to life with stunning visuals and action sequences, beautiful period costumes, and--to be entirely honest--one hot Hero, sets my girlish heart aflame! I'm so excited to add this to my collection of manga and to have the chance to pass on a favorite to my children.
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Prior to obtaining this manga, I had no clue what the plot was about but I absolutely loved it from the very first line to the last. It was absolutely incredible and I felt so invested in the story and the characters very very quickly. I highly recommend if you like fast pace story.
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Everyone knows and love the mount of monte cristo’ story. False accusations. Betrayal. Banishment. Mystery. Murders…

This manga is a good alternative for a visual learner, but crucial parts of the story are missing. This book would be a good opportunity to refresh one’s memory before a school exam, or even just to help understand the book better with the help of pictures. 

If you can, I encourage to read the whole novel, but if you are in a rush or are afraid of this brick of a book, this manga is a good option.
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It is so cute, all of the book, the colors, the draws, everything.  I haven’t read the original Count of Monte Christo, but this manga makes me want to!
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A rendition of the Alexandre Dumas novel in manga format. The book is faithful to the original story and as such, is just as complicated. If you found yourself lost in the multitude of characters that the 1844 classic contained, you will be stuck in the comic version too, even though it is much easier this time.

Some sequences are written in proper detail but some are rushed through in just a few pages. For instance, Dantes’ escape from the prison and his finding of the treasure is barely covered. The author’s note at the end explains the creative calls taken about the inclusions or exclusions of various events from the classic. That helps understand how difficult it must have been to take a 1000+ page tome and convert it to a 400 page manga without losing the original essence.

The book is written like an actual manga, beginning from what is usually the last page for us and working its way backwards. I loved how committed it was to its purpose. The illustrations too are as per the format and absolutely striking.

I think you’ll understand this manga better only if you have read the original, which might defeat the purpose of the book which is to bring the classic to new readers who get cowed down by the sheer size of the tome. That said, this manga would be a wonderful way of looking at an old story through a graphical lens. Also, for those who need a quick glimpse into the original story without having the time to read so many pages, this would be a wonderful option. I have read the original too and found it overly descriptive and tedious at times. This book solves that issue by chucking out all the chaff.

Definitely recommended. Don’t skip the author’s note at the end.

4.25 stars.
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I really enjoyed this! As someone who hasn't read novel version of The Count of Monte Cristo (can we talk about that 1,200+ page count??) this was such a fun way to still read that same story! 

Our main character has been thrown in prison for a crime he did not commit. Edmond Dantes has been wronged by many a person, and sits in prison for fourteen years before finally making his escape. What follows is a tale of revenge, the revenge of a moral man. 

This story has so many things going on, but the manga did a great job of showing the visuals without it being confusing. It defined different languages spoken by differences to word bubbles, and the characters looks were all distinct. There is a lot of dialogue, but the important narration wasn't lost in it all! Despite this being a grand, long story, I flew through it with ease.

I'd definitely recommend this manga to anyone who enjoyed the original novel, to those who enjoy manga and classic novels in general, and those who want to read the novel but it intimidates them (or they can't read it for any other reason).

*I was given a copy of this title via Netgalley in return for an honest review.
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Meet Edmond Dantès! He’s young, ambitious, and about to get married, when his life is shred to pieces and he is thrown into prison for life. Instead of giving up, he find the will to go on and get revenge on those who have done him wrong. Edmond’s story is beautifully transposed in the comic prepared by the UDON Entertainment group and it’s a delight to follow/read until the very last page.

Special thanks to NetGalley, UDON Entertainment, and the editorial team for giving me the opportunity to review the ARC, and to you, my reader, for taking the time to read this honest personal book review.

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This was SO GOOD. What a feast for the eyes and the brain! I've watched two TV/movie adaptations of the story and I remember having always liked the plot twists. This manga version didn't disappoint and I'm actually going to read it again super soon.
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Thank you, Netgalley and UDON Entertainment, for this free digital ARC. In return, I offer my unbiased and honest opinion.

I've always been fascinated with The Count of Monte Cristo but have been intimidated by its very long length. Years ago, I watched movie and TV adaptations. To this day, I have never read the original novels. I thought this manga would be a nice segue to reading the actual book.

The artwork is typical of manga style. This sometimes made it a little confusion to differentiate some of the side characters, especially the young men. As for the story, it does suffer from being abridged. The attempts to narrate portions of the story did keep things moving, but there was enough of that to make portions of the manga feel like a summary rather than a novel. The scenes that were fleshed out were interesting, even exciting. In the end, it reaffirmed my goal of reading the original, unabridged novel and probably to rewatch my favorite adaption: Gankutsuou (a futuristic, science fiction version of the story told from Albert's POV).
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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

❗This is a spoiler-free ARC review from NetGalley❗

Confession Time: I have never read The Count of Monte Cristo. I saw the book at a bookstore one time and it was GIGANTIC, so I am deeply intimidated by it. I do plan on reading it at some point in the future, however, but for now the manga will do. That being said, I can't be a judge to how accurate the manga is to the original book, but I can be a fair judge to everything else 😝😝

Other than that, this manga was pretty good. I really like the idea of classic novels being adapted into mangas, graphic novels, etc. It's fun, and becomes much easier to read for those who are having trouble with that complicated way of writing from the past (me, I'm talking about me). Again, I couldn't tell you how accurate it is to the book because I haven't read it, but I can't imagine it straying too far from the original.

I was intrigued by the story, it was very clever. I really really liked the character of the Count, once an honest man, now hell-bent on exacting revenge on those who wronged him and ruined his life many years ago. He shows great intelligence, and there's a contradiction to his character, from the kind man he once was and still is deep down, to this vengeful and angry man who will stop at nothing to achieve his goals, even if it means harming others in the process. There's really not much else I can tell you guys, this is a famous story and you probably know pretty well what I'm talking about.

This is a really cool way of adapting famous classic novels and I definitely recommend giving it a try.
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This has long been one of my favorite stories since seeing the 2002 movie adaptation.  After a few years, I decided to give the book a read, and that is a commitment!  There is so much to this story and compressing it into this format is a risky proposition.  I do feel the challenge was successfully met and loved jumping back into this world.  This may be a great jump-in point for new readers and I'd love to have some of my reluctant reader students give it a look.
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Title: The Count of Monte Cristo
Author: Alexandre Dumas

A manga retelling of the classic The Count of Monte Cristo. 

What an interesting premise. Who had the  idea of retelling classics in a format and genre that will attract younger readers? It is absolutely brilliant! 

I am not a fan of classics, I find them extremely overbearing, too long and drawn out and it requires too much of my attention for me to ever finish one (I did end up finish one or two and I do have a classic or two on my shelf at home which I thoroughly enjoyed). Yet, which this new format and genre I actually ended up finishing the book and now can at least pretend to know what is going on when speaking to my more cultured friends. 

Although I probably won't go out of my way to read any more Manga Classics retellings, I really did enjoy this book and I'm glad I had the opportunity to enjoy this story in a new form. This was also one of the few Manga -type books I have read and it is a style I really enjoy and will seek out when I have the opportunity (just not necessarily classics).

Definitely would recommend for high school aged children or  people who dislike reading classics but still want to be able to keep up in 'cultured' conversation. 

*Thank you to NetGallery and the publisher for the making the ARC available to me.
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“Man is not meant to enjoy happiness so unmixed with sorrow and strife. Have I earned this joy?”

This story was called the Ultimate Revenge saga by many others. No wonder it is told time and again, so many years after it was first published.
Overall, this adaptation succeeded in bringing to life the characters and time period, full of charm and personality through the visualization of the great source material. 
I can see both a younger and adult audience enjoying this, which might not be the case for the original novel. 

I have previous experience reading manga with tens or over a hundred separate volumes, so they have a lot of page time to fully flesh out the story and manage for the message to sink in. So I having this manga be only one novel of about 400 pages, it has so constraints.
This manga is well aware of the limitations of this medium, and one can find a detailed explanation of how a trimming was used in order to condense a very lengthy novel into a 400-ish page manga. Considering this, it did a good enough job overall. If a reader did not have former knowledge of the plot, this manga would not feel incomplete or too rushed. But I must say that I might have gotten a bit overwhelmed and confused, if I wasn’t already familiar with the source material. 
Unfortunately, due to the limitations regarding the number of pages, some good scenes had to be trimmed drastically, such as the finding the treasure of Monte Cristo and Edmond escaping prison after the death of Abbe. I would have liked more pages given to the first part, since it is the build up o the entire story. That way, the main characters were a bit more fleshed out before the bulk of the story starts.

I’ll praise the overall quality of the manga, the illustrations were great, very detailed and they have done a good job using the panels to help convey the story and set the atmosphere. 
I especially liked the part in chapter 2 where Edmond is mentored in prison, it’s such an iconic scene that was well developed in the manga, even though it was quite dialog heavy.
I appreciate the illustrated family tree provided, using it as referencing while reading was helpful. The small panels with a character’s name and title are also helpful.
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TW// suicide, incest (between cousins), mentions of cheating, murder of a child

I knew nothing about The Count of Monte Cristo before reading this version, but I love manga classics, so I decided to give this one a shot. The Count of Monte Cristo follows the story of a man who was on the verge of pure happiness when three men wrong him. He gets tossed in jail for several years. Upon his escape, he sets into motion a plan to get revenge against those who stole his happiness from him.

The original story was over 1,200 pages and had to be cut down to just over 400 pages for this manga version, so as you can guess, large chunks of the story had to be cut out. This had its pros and its cons for me. I found that cutting so much story out made it hard to keep track of the large cast of characters, but I know that cutting so much out probably helped with the pacing of this story. Classics are generally slow paced and dull, but condensing this story into a manga format helped make the story quicker and more interesting. I was always eager to find out what happened next and the story held my attention the whole time.

The Count of Monte Cristo had one of the most interesting and complex storylines that I’ve ever read in a classic. There’s tons of characters whose lives all intersect in well thought out ways. There’s plot twists occurring every few pages and every detail in the story was well thought out down to the last detail. This isn’t a story for light and easy reading though as you have to pay really close attention to understand how each of the characters connects to each other in order to see how clever the story was. It takes a genius to plan out and write such a complicated yet interesting story like this one.

The main character in this story who goes by many names was phenomenal. I felt for his pain and found him to be a really well rounded character. His actions sometimes had unfortunate side effects, but his dedication to his cause was incredible.

A big issue I had with this story was the romance. It was very forced and thrown in there right at the end. There’s not even a hint that the main character felt any romantic love for anyone besides his ex-lover, so the romance caught me off guard. The girl also referred to the main character as being somewhat of a father figure for her, so the romance gave me sort of incest vibes (even though I know it’s technically not).

As for the manga illustrations, the illustrator did incredible. All the characters were so unique and the drawings were beautiful. It was fun to get to see into the illustrator’s mind a little bit at the end of the book. It’s clear that the illustrator put a lot of research and effort into designing the best story possible.

Overall I’d recommend giving this manga classic a read if you can. It had a few flaws, but it was still really enjoyable and the story will stick with me for a very long time.
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