The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by French author Alexandre Dumas. It is one of the author's most popular works, along with The Three Musketeers. Like many of his novels, it is expanded from plot outlines suggested by his collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet. The story takes place in France, Italy and islands in the Mediterranean during the historical events of 1815-1838. It begins from just before the Hundred Days period (when Napoleon returned to power after his exile) and spans through to the reign of Louis-Philippe of France. The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book. An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy and forgiveness, it focuses on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune and sets about getting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. However, his plans have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty. In addition, it is a story that involves romance, loyalty, betrayal and selfishness, shown throughout the story as characters slowly reveal their true inner nature. The book is considered a literary classic today. According to Luc Sante, "The Count of Monte Cristo has become a fixture of Western civilization's literature, as inescapable and immediately identifiable as Mickey Mouse, Noah's flood, and the story of Little Red Riding Hood."
Falsely accused of treason, Edmond Dantès is imprisoned in the bleak Chateau d'If. After a hair-raising escape, he launches an elaborate plot to extract a bitter revenge against those who betrayed him.
An erotic battle of wills unfolds in an electrifying game of love and vengeance . . . "Inventive and steamy." --M. J. Rose Betrayed by a group of men he called friends, Edmond Dantès is wrongfully imprisoned for more than a decade. When he finally escapes his captivity, he remakes himself as the wealthy and powerful Count of Monte Cristo. His list of those upon whom he will seek revenge is long, but it is the love of his life, Mercédès Herrera, for whom he holds his deepest loathing—for she, too, has betrayed him. He will do anything to destroy her . . . Mercédès was devastated when she learned of the death of her beloved Dantès . . . and circumstances beyond her control have forced her into a loveless marriage. But when the Count of Monte Cristo comes on the scene, she alone sees through his disguise and beyond the harsh, vengeful man to the one she once loved. He is determined to destroy Mercédès and all she holds dear . . . she is just as determined not to succumb to this mastery. From the seaside town of Marseille to the exotic caves of Monte Cristo Isle . . . Dumas's classic story of dark revenge is retold from an entirely new perspective . . .
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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 Cape Morgion and Rion island. Immediately, and according to custom, the ramparts of Fort Saint-Jean were covered with spectators; it is always an event at Marseilles for a ship to come into port, especially when this ship, like the Pharaon, has been built, rigged, and laden at the old Phocee docks, and belongs to an owner of the city.
Edmond Dantes thinks life is grand until he is arrested and imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. Upon his ill-gotten freedom, and armed with the map to find a vast and endless treasure, Edmond embarks on an adventure to redeem his honor and seek vengeance for the long years he suffered locked away in prison. Frenchmen and sensuality go hand in hand, and although Edmond has been out of the game of love for some time, he learns how to get exactly what he wants, and from whom. Betrayal, lust, rage, and hope all run along the same emotional vein, and Edmond learns how to twist people’s emotions to gain his redemption. Sensuality Level: Sensual
A young French sailor unjustly accused of aiding the exiled Napoleon escapes from prison and seeks buried treasure on an island and revenge in Paris during the 1800s
An English translation of one of Dumas' most popular historical novels which was completed in the original French in 1844.
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY 2013 ‘Completely absorbing’ Amanda Foreman 'Enthralling’ Guardian ‘The Three Musketeers! The Count of Monte Cristo! The stories of course are fiction. But here a prize-winning author shows us that the inspiration for the swashbuckling stories was, in fact, Dumas’s own father, Alex - the son of a marquis and a black slave... He achieved a giddy ascent from private in the Dragoons to the rank of general; an outsider who had grown up among slaves, he was all for Liberty and Equality. Alex Dumas was the stuff of legend’ Daily Mail So how did such this extraordinary man get erased by history? Why are there no statues of ‘Monsieur Humanity’ as his troops called him? The Black Count uncovers what happened and the role Napoleon played in Dumas’s downfall. By walking the same ground as Dumas - from Haiti to the Pyramids, Paris to the prison cell at Taranto – Reiss, like the novelist before him, triumphantly resurrects this forgotten hero. ‘Entrances from first to last. Dumas the novelist would be proud’ Independent ‘Brilliant’ Glasgow Herald