The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

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Introduction by Lorenzo Carcaterra * Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read

A popular bestseller since its publication in 1844, The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the great page-turning thrillers of all time. Set against the tumultuous years of the post-Napoleonic era, Alexandre Dumas's grand historical romance recounts the swashbuckling adventures of Edmond Dantès, a dashing young sailor falsely accused of treason. The story of his long imprisonment, dramatic escape, and carefully wrought revenge offers up a vision of France that has become immortal. As Robert Louis Stevenson declared, "I do not believe there is another volume extant where you can breathe the same unmingled atmosphere of romance."


Publisher: New York : Modern Library, ©2002.
ISBN: 9780375760303
Characteristics: xix, 1462 pages ;,21 cm.


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For those of you overlooking Dumas’ masterpiece because it’s one of those “old, boring classic” books, rethink your decision! Dumas was the literary world’s first master storyteller. He practically invented the action/adventure genre. This book is fast paced and fascinating. Adventure, intrigue, romance, treasure, betrayal, great characters, and of course, the most famous revenge story ever told. Time to revisit the classic section and check this out! (submitted by VG)

Oct 15, 2018

cold blooded revenge and wind of thin hope +++

This one is the best of his writing, full of jealousy and manipulation. Perhaps the
darkest of his adventures.

Sep 22, 2018

cold blooded revenge and wind of thin hope

Aug 31, 2018

I love this book ! This is one of my favorite books along with Les Miserable . This book is pretty long , but I finished it within 5 days and boy they were the most exciting days of my life . I loved how all the little bits in the beginning form an EPIC conclusion ! I don't know how Dumas did it , but I loved it and I highly recommend it.

Aug 04, 2018

I was hesitant to read the novel because it is so lengthy, and I, of course, saw the movie. What a huge mistake that would have been. The movie should be renamed "The Abridged Cousin of Monte Cristo." In reality, it wasn't even that close. A novel that is well worth reading. "Wait and Hope"

LPL_EliH Jun 30, 2018

As others have noted-- and it's also apparent if you've ever seen it in person--this book is a monster. Fittingly, cracking it open is like being thrown overboard into an ocean of small point text and an excess of archaic French naming conventions. I spent an entire summer reading it; sometimes I think about how many other standard novels I could have read instead, but I've never regretted it. There are some weaker side arcs throughout, but the saga of Edmond Dantes and his quest for love and revenge is so worth it if you can stick in there. It feels like binging a 10 season long TV show with a perfect ending.

Nov 28, 2017

An amazing book, based on an even more amazing reality. The trials and dubious triumph of Edmund Dantes, the comradeship of the Four Musketeers, and much more in the writings of Alexandre Dumas, were based on the life of his father, a bi-racial commander in Napoleon's army. When you've finished the Count of Monte Cristo, read Tom Reiss's biography, The Black Count.

Nov 24, 2017

My admiration of the author went up after learning his novel loosely based on his aristrocratic father, villain based on jealous Napoleon or that author was a mulatto.
No wonder it felt so real.
Wish fulfillment it was not with complex going long plan. Protagonist painfully learned he could not fix everything to what it was, but there were hidden rewards.
Now I have to read novel again.

Oct 03, 2017

Bro, this book was long AF. I liked the revenge stuff and the count stuff. "Three Musketeers" is more my style.

Aug 17, 2017

Probably one of my favorite "classics", along with Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. A thrilling and intense story, yes, a long one, but fast paced and full of action. Even though it seems like the novel is based on hatred and revenge, it can really surprise you with really tear-jerking scenes. At first, I didn't think much of this book, after all, I didn't particularly enjoy Duma's The Three Musketeers, but after the plot rolled out, I was hooked. I think you will be too.

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whiteshadow13 Feb 22, 2012

Edmund Dantes, unjustly convicted of aiding the exiled Napoleon, escapes after fourteen years of imprisonment and seeks revenge in Paris.

Nov 18, 2009

Edmond Dantes, an intelligent, hard-working, gentle young man with a bright future ahead of him is falsely accused of treason by men whose motivations are power, greed, lust, and envy. After fantastically escaping prison after fourteen years, Dantes recovers an enormous treasure and begins his new life as the Count of Monte Cristo. The sole motivation of the Count is to revenge himself upon the people who ruined his life. What makes this story so brilliant? Firstly, the way Duams tells this story is wonderful; secondly, instead of making up charges or reasons to hurt these men (like they had done to him), he lets their own sins and hidden pasts destroy them. One of the tightest, best-worked plots I have ever come across.


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