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The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

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"The Count of Monte Cristo" is one of the most enduring classics of English literature. It is a great adventure novel loaded with well written characters and enough action to make you forget its a 1,344 page book. Penned by Alexandre Dumas, it traces the life of Edmond Dantes, a young French sailor who is at the threshold of happiness and prosperity.

He has been made Captain of the Pharaon, and was about to marry his beautiful fiance Mercedes. He was at the peak of his health and life could not be more perfect. But then everything changed when on his wedding day, he was falsely accused of treason by being a spy for Napoleon Bonaparte, and sentenced to life imprisonment on an island off the coast.
Through his torturous incarceration, Dantes vows revenge on those who betrayed him. With the help of a fellow inmate, Dantes does escape from prison along with a fortune that he had found on the island.

Thus begun the revenge of Dantes, who arrives in France disguised as a mysterious nobleman, and seeks out the people he thought were his friends who had plotted on his imprisonment. The reader waits with bated breath for every incident to unfold, and the theme of vendetta is brilliantly brought out. The end result is one of tremendous satisfaction as justice is done and the wrong doers are punished, a theme as old as eternity. It is a rare treat to examine the rich prose of a magnificent storyteller and "The Count of Monte Cristo" will remain one of the best tales ever told in the history of literature.

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Best Classic World Literature! Easy Reading!!

I usually am reluctant to start on classic literatures due to the translations and sometimes the difficult language. Surprisingly this translation was an easy read for me. The size of the book may dissuade some interests of ever reading the novel, but for those that did you're missing out.
I believe that everyone has heard and probably guessed the storyline of "The count of Monte Cristo" either by watching the movie, or by reading the pathetic abridged version. I had watched the movie that was released in theaters many years ago, and comparing that to the novel it was wasted time and efforts.
This book is a true masterpiece that will continue to be read by every generations to come.The plots and characters are intertwined so well in the story that every character has their important role to play, and not one should be left out.
Of course there are less important characters in the story, but they serve as development and progress.
For those that love to read world literature or love reading an interesting book in general, you should not miss this one out.

- Kris

Simply a must read

Simply put, I love this book. What a great book to introduce to students interested in historical adventures, and this one is spot on. It's one of the great adventure novels, with lots of action, well-written characters, important issues, and can be read quickly because of its compelling storyline. Also, there is the deception factor,which makes for great storytelling, but in this case the deception is of good in the eternal struggle that is good versus evil.

- Scott A. Reighard

Epic, wonderful... and the best.

Like so many others, i read this book at a young age and fell in love with it right away. I have read hundreds of other books since then, and this book is still my favorite. I've never read a book with a more 3D hero. The count is amazing. his pursuit of those who wrongfully imprisoned him is all part of one of the most amazing adventures ever written! and, while most believe that this book is mostly about revenge, i believe that it is more or less about a person who is seeking what everyone is trying to find - inner peace and tranquility. Edmund thinks he can get it through hurting everyone who hurt him, but by the end of the book we see that his objective has changed. i won't give anything else away, but i will tell you that if you read this book, you will not be disappointed. it's one of the best books ever written. It is wonderful, epic, gripping, compelling, funny, poignant.... the list goes on and on!
C. Knight "readin' forever"

Best damned piece of fiction ever written

It is utterly enthralling, captivating, ensnaring (three words meaning nearly the same thing). I must not have eaten on the three days it took me to read the entire book (1344 pages, my edition), and I read slowly and deliberately. 'Nuff said!

- David Abraham

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