The Count of Monte Cristo

“And now," said the unknown, "farewell kindness, humanity, and gratitude! Farewell to all the feelings that expand the heart! I have been heaven's substitute to recompense the good—now the god of vengeance yields to me his power to punish the wicked!" At these words he gave a signal, and, as if only awaiting this signal, the yacht instantly put out to sea.

The Count of Monte Cristo is a classic set in early 1800‘s France focused on the themes of justice, revenge, and mercy. Edmond Dantès is a young merchant who has just been promoted to Captain and is preparing to marry his love Mercedes. He is framed on the day of his wedding by three men, one that wants his position as captain, another that wants Mercedes, and a third that imprisons Edmond to silence him and save his own father from prison. Edmond’s escape, transformation, and revenge are told through an intricate series of stories covering multiple continents and great adventures. With over 25 significant characters, Alexandre Dumas does a masterful job weaving the social web into which Edmond Dantès must penetrate to enact his vengeance. While being a historical classic from our perspective, the story is set during Dumas’ life time making the story feel both historic and yet contemporary. Alexandre Dumas is also famous for writing the Three Musketeers books and published over 100,000 pages of writing in his life time. The Count of Monte Cristo is a great book for any teen or adult that likes intrigue and period pieces.

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