The Count of Monte Cristo Author:Alexandre Dumas For nineteen-year-old Edmond Dantes, life is sweet. Soon to be captain of his own ship, he is also about to be married to his true love, Mercedes. But suddenly everything turns sour. On the joyous day of his wedding he is arrested and -- without a fair trial -- condemned to solitary confinement in the miserable Chateau d'If! The charges? Faked! ... more »Edmond has been framed by a handful of powerful enemies. But why?
While locked away, Edmond learns from another prisoner of a secret treasure hidden on the island of Monte Cristo. Edmond concocts a daring and audacious plan: escape and find the treasure! But it is years later--long after Edmond has transformed himself into the Count of Monte Cristo--that his plan for revenge begins to unfold.
Disguised as the wealthy count, Edmond returns to his native land to find his enemies--and make them pay!« less
This is one of my all-time favorite books. I have only read the unabridged version so I cannot compare how much more in-depth it is compared to an abridged version. Even though this book is long, I cannot imagine how any part of the story could be omitted for the sake of brevity.
I was completely engrossed in the story from the very beginning. This book is a true classic and is well worth the time it takes to invest in reading it. Don't let the thickness of this book turn you away...Even at the very end I was still left wanting more.
This is one of my favorite books.It's a must read Classic! I believe this is one of the greatest novels of all time. The story is amazing. A tale of sweet revenge, filled with mystery, adventure, and a slight touch of romance, What more could a reader possibly want?
What a fantastic read! I was so surprised at how the story grabbed me and pulled me in, especially since The Three Musketeers seemed so dry to me until "The Plot Thickens". This is a classic vengeance novel, and builds slowly and deliberately. My only reservation about it is that the victim who avenges himself shows little remorse about how thoroughly he rips other lives apart. Though there is a strand of thought in the novel devoted to how consuming and ugly vengeance can be, Dumas focuses most of his efforts on the meat of the revenge plot. Despite my reservations, it was a delightful story.