The Count of Monte CristoBook - 2002
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."
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Edmund Dantes, unjustly convicted of aiding the exiled Napoleon, escapes after fourteen years of imprisonment and seeks revenge in Paris.
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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