AND VENGEANCE: THE COUNT OF MONTECRISTO
The Count of Monte Cristo is Alexandre Dumas' classic story of an
innocent man wrongly but deliberately imprisoned and
his brilliant strategy for revenge against those who betrayed him.
The power of vengeance and revenge as central themes in this amazing
story were so controversial a message that the
Catholic Church in France condemned its release, in 1845.
The protagonist, Edmond Dantés is a young sailor, a guileless
and honest young man whose peaceful life and plans to marry the
beautiful Mercedes are abruptly shattered when two enemies betray
him. The story starts, as he is about to marry his sweetheart and
become a captain of a vessel when he is framed as a Napoleonic conspirator,
shortly before Napoleon's dramatic return from Elba in 1815. He
is then unjustly sentenced and imprisoned in the infamous island
prison of the Chateau D'If by the public prosecutor, Villefort who
is anxious to conceal his own father's machinations on behalf of
in a nightmare that lasts 14 years he befriends the Abbe Faria,
a fellow prisoner who takes the role of a father figure and who
highly educates Dantes in every subject. However still haunted by
the baffling course, which his life has taken, he vows to himself
to seek vengeance against those who betrayed him and finally manages
to escape the prison in a highly dramatic manner.
After accomplishing the escape he manages to find the fortune of
treasure, which the Abbe Faria had left to him on the island of
Monte Cristo and transforms himself into the mysterious and wealthy
Count of Monte Cristo. With his fortune
he helps the good and plans a carefully wrought revenge, which destroys
the enemies who betrayed him showing the wrong
side of the bourgeois world.
Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics)
by Alexandre Dumas,
One of the greatest thrillers of all time, The Count of Monte
Cristo tells the tale of young Edmond Dantes, who, falsely
accused of treason and arrested on his wedding day, escapes
from prison to seek revenge on his enemies. This is the only
complete paperback edition available, based on the...