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The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas

Book Overview: 

The Count of Monte Cristo (French: Le Comte de Monte-Cristo) is an adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas. It is often considered, along with The Three Musketeers, as Dumas’s most popular work.

The story takes place in France, Italy, islands in the Mediterranean and the Levant during the historical events of 1815–1838 (from just before the Hundred Days through the reign of Louis-Philippe of France). The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book. It is primarily concerned with themes of justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness, and is told in the style of an adventure story.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Can you enlighten me on that point?"

"I do not know who could if I could not," said Caderousse. "Why, I lived almost on the same floor with the poor old man. Ah, yes, about a year after the disappearance of his son the poor old man died."

"Of what did he die?"

"Why, the doctors called his complaint gastro-enteritis, I believe; his acquaintances say he died of grief; but I, who saw him in his dying moments, I say he died of"—Caderousse paused.

"Of what?" asked the priest, anxiously and eagerly.

"Why, of downright starvation."

"Starvation!" exclaimed the abbe, springing from his seat. "Why, the vilest animals are not suffered to die by such a death as that. The very dogs that wander houseless and homeless in the streets find some pitying hand to cast them a mouthful of bread; and that a man, a Christian, should be allowed to perish of hunger in the midst of other men who call themselves Christians, is . . . Read More

Community Reviews

** Spoiler alert**

First, make sure you find a copy that is unabridged. Most editions in English ARE abridged, but usually don't say they are. Not sure if this Penguin edition is, it's not the one i read.
Readers generally think of this as a tale of revenge. For me, it was much deeper. I'm not a reli

While revenge is a dish best served cold I prefer my Monte Cristos to be toasted and warm.
But maybe thats why he's the Count and I'm the customer.
All jokes aside, this book is incredible, reads at lightning pace, and is full of great and nuanced looks at concepts of redemption, debt, happiness and

Picture this: you are nineteen years old with your whole life ahead of you. You've just been offered the job of your dreams. And you're about to marry the person you've loved since childhood. When, suddenly, a couple of jealous men decide to frame you as a Bonapartist (a crime which was punished by

you know the classic question ‘if you were stranded on a deserted island, which book(s) would you want to have?’ well, TCOMC is my answer. without a doubt.

not only would the 1,000+ pages (which are full of the most masterfully crafted and deceptively clever plotlines known to humanity) provide hour

If you are planning to pick up a classic with a great plot, this book should be on the top of your list. Alexandre Dumas will take you for an extraordinary ride through the life of Edmond Dantes.

This novel starts with the theme of jealousy and betrayal, which forces some people to frame innocen

I am utterly speechless…

منذ صباك ستنجذب له مهما كنت تراه مبتذلا..هل تساءلت ابدا لماذا؟
لان بداخل كل منا ادموند و الكونت معا..كل منا تتبلور شخصيته الأصلية قبل العشرين ثم تسحقك الدنيا بكل الأشكال ..لتنبعث شخصيتك الأخرى من الرماد

من بين 36حبكة درامية تستهويني حبكة الانتقام..منذ البداية نشات علاقة توحد غريبة بين فتاة في سن19م

Why did no one tell me about this book? I mean seriously, I was about a hundred pages in and I wanted to go find my freshman high school English teacher and inflict terrible, intricate revenge on her for depriving me of a great book. I figured first I could assume a new identity, perhaps insinuating

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