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The Count of Monte Cristo


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ISBN13: 9780141392462
ISBN10: 0141392460
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A beautiful new clothbound edition of Alexandre Dumas's classic novel of wrongful imprisonment, adventure and revenge.

Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes is confined to the grim fortress of the Château d'If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and becomes determined not only to escape but to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration.

A hugely popular success when it was first serialized in the 1840s, Dumas was inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment when writing his epic tale of suffering and retribution.


"The Napoleon of story-tellers." Washington Post


"The greatest of escape stories." Guardian

About the Author

Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870) was the son of Napoleon's famous general Dumas. A prolific author, his body of work includes a number of popular classics, including The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask.

Robin Buss (1939–2006) was a writer and translator who worked for the Independent on Sunday and as television critic for the Times Educational Supplement. He was also the translator of a number of volumes for Penguin Classics.

Coralie Bickford-Smith is an award-winning designer at Penguin Books (U.K.), where she has created several highly acclaimed series designs. She studied typography at Reading University and lives in London.

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Pauline Alama, September 7, 2013 (view all comments by Pauline Alama)
This amazing book, full of drama and adventure, passes the ultimate test of a classic: everyone steals from it. Mark Twain refers to it in Huckleberry Finn. Dorothy Sayers stole a murder plot from it, and The Princess Bride went right on and stole the same device. This kind of stealing -- like the kind in baseball -- is actually legit, and in fact, the highest tribute to the storytelling powers of the great Dumas.

Edmond Dantes, the hero, is falsely convicted of a crime he didn't commit (hmm, maybe Hitchcock also read this at a formative age). He is robbed of everything: his good name, his engagement to the woman he loves, and his youth, which he spends in an impregnable prison on a lonely island. There follows a daring escape, a new identity, a campaign of revenge -- and a surprisingly uplifting ending.

Today the book is, of course, dated -- above all in its view of women -- but it remains necessary reading for anyone who loves adventure stories.
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mwgerard, September 4, 2013 (view all comments by mwgerard)
This may be my ultimate favorite book. Which is saying a lot. It is well over 1000 pages and at the end I still wished there were more.
It has everything -- pirates, bandits, mistaken identity, revenge, theft, and more.

What's sad is that the description is for another book entirely. This is nothing like Les Miserables -- other than, perhaps, it was originally written in French.
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Dumas, Alexandre
Penguin Classics Hardcover
Romance - General
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Penguin Classics Deluxe Editio
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Grade Level:
from 12
7.75 x 5.06 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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