The Count of Monte Cristo

Paperback, 1276 pages

English language

Published May 26, 2003 by Penguin Classics.

ISBN:
9780140449266
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4 stars (93 reviews)

The Count of Monte Cristo (French: Le Comte de Monte-Cristo) is an adventure novel written by French author Alexandre Dumas (père) completed in 1844. It is one of the author's more popular works, along with The Three Musketeers. Like many of his novels, it was 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 1815–1839: the era of the Bourbon Restoration through the reign of Louis-Philippe of France. It begins on the day that Napoleon left his first island of exile, Elba, beginning the Hundred Days period when Napoleon returned to power. The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book, an adventure story centrally concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness. It centers on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune, and …

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I find it quite difficult to describe how finishing this book has made me feel. I seem to have been reading it for years, I'm pretty sure I have aged a few years from the experience.

The first part of the book was fantastic and i was racing through it until Sinbad the Sailor makes an appearance and it is like hitting a wall.

This tale of revenge has gotta be the most drawn out and complex ever planned. At times whilst reading this I kept thinking why is he doing this but in the end all the loose ends are tied up and all makes sense.

My one big issue is that throughout the revenge you don't get to know what is going on inside Edmund's head. I know I know that would require more words.

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