"While the first pages may have you thinking this is a love story about a beautiful couple you would be gravely mistaken. The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the best revenge stories of all time. Period.
Edmond Dantes has a successful career, a beautiful fiancé, and is genuinely a good man. What destroys him is quite simply the jealously of his friends who want to claim his happiness as their own. Imprisoned and left for dead, years pass as he becomes nothing but a distant memory tucked away and forgotten. A great reckoning is coming though for the men who destroyed this innocent life and nothing on earth can save them from his vengeance. A dead man has nothing to lose while they have everything.
I’ve loved this book from a young age and the characters fill you with every possible emotion. You crave the personal destruction or success of each richly developed character that is meticulously laid out in layers upon layers that are slowly and deliciously revealed with the turn of each page."
In the post-Napoleonic era, Edmond Dantès, a young sailor from Marseilles, is poised to become captain of his own ship and to marry his beloved. But spiteful enemies provoke his arrest, condemning him to lifelong imprisonment. Then Edmond’s sole companion in prison reveals his secret plan of escape and a letter with directions to hidden riches on the island of Monte Cristo—a treasure trove that will eventually fund Edmund’s dream of creating a new identity for himself: the mysterious and powerful Count of Monte Cristo.
In The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas employed all the elements of compelling drama—suspense, intrigue, love, vengeance, rousing adventure, and the triumph of good over evil—that contribute to this classic story’s irresistible and timeless appeal.
About the Author
Alexandre Dumas was born July 24, 1802, at Villiers-Cotterets, France, the son of Napoleon's famous mulatto general, Thomas-Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie. Dumas began writing at an early age and saw his first success in a play he wrote entitled Henri III et sa Cour (1829). A prolific author, Dumas was also an adventurer and took part in the Revolution of 1830. Dumas is most famous for his brilliant historical novels, which he wrote with collaborators, mainly Auguste Maquet, and which were serialized in the popular press of the day. His most popular works are The Three Musketeers (1844), The Count of Monte Cristo (1844-45), and The Man in the Iron Mask (1848-50). Dumas made and lost several fortunes, and died penniless on December 5, 1870.
Roger Celestin is a professor of French and comparative literature at the University of Connecticut. He has published on French authors from the Renaissance to the twentieth century and is coeditor of the journal Contemporary French & Francophone Studies/SITES.
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