An Apple Books Classic edition.
Alexandre Dumas’ classic paints a portrait of Edmond Dantès, a dark and calculating man who is willing to wait years to exact his perfect plan for revenge. After his so-called friends frame him for treason, Dantès is sentenced to life imprisonment in a grim island fortress on what was supposed to be his wedding day. After 14 years, he manages to escape prison, but he is unable to free himself from an all-consuming fury. Instead, Dantès spends a decade carrying out the plan for revenge he conceived while behind bars, bringing nightmarish ruination to those who once betrayed him-and second chances to those who tried to save him.
When it was first published in 1844, The Count of Monte Cristo quickly became the best-selling book in all of Europe. Dumas’ novel was ahead of its time, an exciting tale of adventure, treasure, secret identities, and daring escapes. It also reads like an early psychological thriller, leaving readers uneasy as they cheer Dantès on in his vengeful quest. It’s no wonder this book has inspired dozens of screen adaptations!
When Jay, on Modern Family, finds out from Manny that charcuterie is basically cold cuts which he loves, he exclaims, “What an unfortunate name. I’ve been avoiding this stuff for years.” I feel that way about the Count of Monte Cristo. I had for years imagined what this book was about and it was nothing like I imagined it. Adventures, intrigue, betrayal, hate, love. There’s mystery, crime, religion...and pirates. A great book.55
the count of monte cristo is undoubtedly one of my favorite works of literature. is it a bit lengthy? yes, but believe me when i tell you that chapters will fly by when you’re reading this. the book filled a space in my heart i didn’t realize was empty before, and i definitely do not regret the damage constantly flipping through page by page did to my eyesight. monte cristo is a classic in the truest sense of the word. timeless, enlightening, a vision in virtual paper and ink—you kind of need to read it.55
I've read my share of 19th century novels, and this one ranks up near the top. One of the best European novels I've ever read. Every Character in this book has a long backstory, and by the end, I feel that one could write a biography on every major character. Better than the movie!!!!!!!55
A must read for anyone and everyone. Absolutely amazing piece of literature. Dumas will make you feel happiness, misery, anger, surprise so many times that you will laugh out loud, cry, curse, gasp and truly enjoy this wonderful story of Edmond Dantes.55
I am unsure if I like this book or not, lol. It was a very difficult read, but at the same time a very good book.35
I rate this book as one of the absolutely best books I have ever read. Fantastic!!!! But beware, it will consume you to the point of doing nothing else until it is finished.55
Best book ever written!55
This book (unabridged) is long and wonderful. It gains momentum over the course of reading, and is very satisfying. I have read the whole enormous thing twice now. Suspend your disbelief, enter the world described, and enjoy the ride!55
But not necessarily a great classic. I see it more as a 200 year old Nora Roberts novel...35