- Publisher: Bantam USA
- Format: Paperback | 441 pages
- Dimensions: 104mm x 173mm x 20mm | 91g
- Publication date: 1 January 1986
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0553213504
- ISBN 13: 9780553213508
- Edition: Abridged
- Edition statement: Reissue, Abridged
- Sales rank: 37,731
The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the great thrillers of all time. In 1853 William Thackeray wrote to a friend: 'began to read Monte Cristo at six one morning and never stopped till eleven at night.'. Falsely accused of treason, the young sailor Edmund Dantes is arrested on his wedding day and imprisoned in the island fortress of the Chateau d'If. After staging a dramatic escape, he sets out to discover the fabulous treasure of Monte Cristo and catch up with his enemies. A novel of enormous tension and excitement, Monte Cristo is also a tale of obsession and revenge. Believing himself to be an 'Angel of Providence', Dantes pursues his vengeance to the bitter end, only then realizing that he himself is a victim of fate.
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Lorenzo Carcaterra is the author of five books, "A Safe Place," "Sleepers," "Apaches," "Gangster," and the forthcoming "Street Boys." He has also written scripts for movies and television. He lives in New York.
"Dumas was... a summit of art. Nobody ever could, or did, or will improve upon Dumas's romances and plays." -- George Bernard Shaw
Set against the turbulent years of the Napoleonic era, Alexandre Dumas's thrilling adventure story is one of the most widely read romantic novels of all time. In it the dashing young hero, Edmond Dantes, is betrayed by his enemies and thrown into a secret dungeon in the Chateau d'If -- doomed to spend his life in a dank prison cell. The story of his long, intolerable years in captivity, his miraculous escape, and his carefully wrought revenge creates a dramatic tale of mystery and intrigue and paints a vision of France -- a dazzling, dueling, exuberant France -- that has become immortal.