The Count of Monte Cristo
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The Count of Monte Cristo is Alexandre Dumas's riveting tale of romantic rivalries, struggles for power, daring escapes, clever disguises, buried treasure, and solemn promises. What more could an adventurous reader desire? Dumas's hero Edmond Dantes is a man on a mission, tasked with delivering a letter whose contents he does not know, but whose impact, when discovered by the wrong man, could be deadly. Thrown into a dangerous chain of events, Dantes must face his fate alone, forced to rely on his wits, courage, and a strong dose of good luck as he seeks justice against those whose greed and wickedness nearly cost him his life.
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Born the son of a military man, Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) was a voracious reader from early childhood. After the untimely death of his father, his mother regaled him with tales of his father's adventures in battle. The realm of heroic acts and romance had a strong appeal for the young Dumas, and he began his writing career with several plays. After the success of his dramas, Dumas moved into novels, becoming well-known for such works as The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo, and The Man in the Iron Mask. Although it might be hard to guess from his current and long-lived popularity, Dumas faced considerable adversity for being of a mixed-race background and, sadly, was never fully accepted into many intellectual and society circles during his lifetime.Back to top
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Alexandre Dumas [Pere]
MARSEILLES -- THE ARRIVAL.
On the 24th of February, 1815, the look-out at Notre-Dame de la Garde signalled the three-master, the Pharaon from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples.
As usual, a pilot put off immediately, and rounding the Chateau d'If, got on board the vessel between ...
Reviewed by trit on May 10, 2013
Brilliant-truly a work of genius
This is possibly the most artfully crafted, detailed and poetically written story I have ever read. The characters have infinite depth and beguile the reader with a fascinating realness which is impossible to resist. The rawness of the story, while being composed in a form that is more grand than a Michelangelo painting, creates a titillating contrast which further reveals the starkness of revenge, hate, and-perhaps most significantly, love.
Reviewed by alaska on Nov 1, 2012
Amazing book! Highly recommended. For fans of Alexandre Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo", have a look at this amazing new sequel to the original (the first of a series). Titled "The Sultan of Monte Cristo", by the mysterious "Holy Ghost Writer', written in the same style and equally as gripping. Available from Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes and Noble. Description:
"What became of Edmond Dantes, Haydee, Mercedes, the Morels, the Danglars or the Villeforts? One's thoughts need not wander longer, as the Sultan of Monte Cristo unfolds this foresight in the same spirit of Alexandre Dumas. That spirit creates in its readers a hunger and thirst to read."
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Reviewed by littlepresson on Aug 22, 2012
Great So Far
After watching the movie in English class (which I highly recommend, too), I decided I would check out the book. I am not that far along in reading it, but I can tell you that it is very engaging and well-written.
Reviewed by lmgraham on Oct 24, 2011
Love love love!
Absolutely LOVED this book. I purchased an audiobook version of it for my brother who is not a big reader for Christmas :)
Reviewed by cmihaila on Oct 17, 2011
Sad it's over
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - it was the first I have read through DailyLit and loved it so much that I might even re-read it, since I saved all my emails of the book. Truly a classic!
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