The ultimate story of escape to riches, revenge and redemption by 'the Napoleon of storytellers'. Falsley accused of treason, Edmond Dantes is arrested on his wedding night and imprisoned in the grim island fortress of Chateau d'If. After staging a dramatic escape he sets out to discover the fabuouls treasure on the island of Monte Cristo and ...Read MoreThe ultimate story of escape to riches, revenge and redemption by 'the Napoleon of storytellers'. Falsley accused of treason, Edmond Dantes is arrested on his wedding night and imprisoned in the grim island fortress of Chateau d'If. After staging a dramatic escape he sets out to discover the fabuouls treasure on the island of Monte Cristo and uses it to exact revenge on those responsible for his incarcaration. The sensational narrative of intrigue, betrayal, escape and triumphant revenge moves at a cracking pace. Dumas' novels present a powerful conflict between good and evil embodied in an epic saga of rich diversity that is complicated by the hero's ultimate doscomfort with the hubristic implications of his own actions. A novel of enormous tension and excitement, The Count of Monte Cristo is also a tale of obsession and revenge, with Dantes, believing himself to be an Angel of Providence, pursuing his vengeance to the bitter end before realising that he himself is a victim of fate.Read Less
This book was for a Christmas gift. I did not read it personally. It was in very good condition and the transaction went very well.
Mar 12, 2009
This book set the standard way back when. However, it is not the best written book - overly simplistic, telling the reader what is happening rather than showing the reader, rather than have the reader experience and feel what is happening.
Over all, a great book.
Apr 4, 2007
Ships, poison, and philosophy
When I first started the Count of Monte Cristo, I thought that I was in for a good adventure tale, complete with intrigue, romance, and drama. Almost all the way through the book, I stuck to tthe opinion that the book was satisfying and engaging but not highly thought-provoking. And then in the last few pages I realized how much more the book is. Of course it was entertaining in and of itself, but it also helped me understand human nature a little more. How revenge can quickly spiral out of control, how guilt is relative in many ways, how justice is not necessarily the domain of man, all of these themes are explored in the book. And for that, more than for the wonderful storyline, this book is an important piece of the world's literary history.
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