The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Publisher: Canterbury Classics
First published in 1844
Genres: Classics, Historical Fiction
Format: Leather-bound Paperback
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Best-selling author Alexandre Dumas–who also wrote The Three Musketeers–tells this heartbreaking yet heroic tale of Edmond Dantes who takes revenge on the men responsible for his unjust fourteen-year imprisonment, keeping him from the woman he loved and the life he was supposed to live.
– This chic and inexpensive edition comes with a heat-burnished cover, foil stamping, luxurious endpapers, and a smaller trim size that’s easy to hold.
– This widely popular classic, originally written in French, tells a tale of devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty.
The Count of Monte Cristo is a must-have for any home library or literary aficionado.
“Alexandre Dumas’s novel of justice, retribution, and self-discovery – one of the most enduringly popular adventure tales ever written – appears here in a newly revised translation.” “This novel tells the story of Edmond Dantes, wrongfully imprisoned for life in the supposedly impregnable sea fortress the Chateau d’If. After a daring escape, and after unearthing a hidden treasure revealed to him by a fellow prisoner, he devotes the rest of his life to tracking down and punishing the enemies who wronged him.” “This newly edited version of the original nineteenth-century English translation speeds the narrative flow while retaining all the essential details of Dumas’s intricately plotted and thrilling masterpiece.” The classic nineteenth-century translation has been revised and updated by Peter Washington, with an introduction by novelist Umberto Eco.
Sent to prison on a false accusation in 1815, Edmond Dantes escapes many years later and finds a treasure which he uses to exact his revenge.
This is my ultimate favorite book ever. It’s the most beautiful, emotional and complex book I’ve read and I absolutely love the story!
This is technically my second time reading this story, but the first time I did, other than being in PT, I am also not sure if I fully read it, since it was a long time ago. So I was incredibly surprised to remember as much as I did reading this. There weren’t many parts I didn’t remember, and yet the story gripped me to no end.
I absolutely love the beginning of this book! It’s so intense, heart-breaking and unique! It builds up the story right there and everything that happens after has to do with that, which is quite different from any book I’ve ever read.
This is an incredibly emotional book about pain, grief, revenge, and love! It deals with friendships, family matters, loyalty, the loss of a loved one, jealousy, and so much more! This book has literally everything in it! It also has a lot of politics, history (which was incredibly well represented and easy to visualize) and intrigue in the middle, which made it even more interesting!
This book tells the story of Edmond Dantès, a sailor that was wrongly accused of having received a letter from Napoleon, which leads to his exile. He passes some time in a prison, where he figures out what happened for him to get where he was now. With a friend’s help, he escapes, and swears revenge on those who put him to prison, now as Count of Monte Cristo.
It’s an extremely complex story, but it’s rather easy to follow and to read. It’s extremely interesting to follow Dantès in his path of revenge, especially because after everything we can still see how he has an incredibly good heart! He suffered so much… It was extremely sad and tense to read about it, but I loved how justice was made, not by death but by suffering upon those who put him to prison, as he had suffered during those 14 years.
There are so many parts that make you mad! But the one that most hits me is Mercedes and Edmond. And no… It’s not the beginning. It’s almost at the end, she was just a little girl at the beginning, but at the end, their life just turned so different and twisted and ahhh, my heart skipped a beat! It was so hard to see what life and time can do to one’s heart…
There are many characters in this book other than the principal – who I thought to be an incredible person with a golden heart, that made my own heartache -, and the ones he swears revenge on – who I relished to see suffer -, characters that add a lot to the story and one of my favorites has to be Valentine. I love her and her connection with her grandfather with all my heart. It’s so kind, sweet and just beautiful! Actually, I love Valentine and that’s about it. She is one of the truest and sweetest persons in this book and I loved reading about her and her life! It was one of the biggest highlights of the books for me to see her with Maximilian!
There’s so much more to this story, but this is all I’m going to reveal here. There’s a lot of hate in this book, but there’s also a lot of love. It’s a beautiful and bittersweet story that I would recommend to everyone!
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