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Publisher Comments:

This brilliant recasting of the classic story The Count of Monte Cristo centers on Ned Maddstone, a happy, charismatic, Oxford-bound seventeen-year-old whose rosy future is virtually pre-ordained. Handsome, confident, and talented, newly in love with bright, beautiful Portia, his father an influential MP, Ned leads a charmed life. But privilege makes him an easy target for envy, and in the course of one day Neds destiny is forever altered. A promise made to a dying teacher combined with a prank devised by a jealous classmate mutates bewilderingly into a case of mistaken arrest and incarceration. Ned finds himself a political prisoner in a nightmarish exile that lasts years, until a fellow inmate reawakens Neds intellect and resurrects his will to live. The chilling consequences of Neds recovery are felt worldwide.

Review:

"[A] highly readable, if thoroughly hokey story....[Mr. Fry] narrates his story with great brio and panache....[He] has written a silly, often preposterous book with a filched plot and a derivative hero. But in the process he has once again proven that he is an entertainer of the very first rank." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Review:

"[A] highly satisfying political thriller whose overt resemblances to Dumas' work underscore the claustrophobic and paranoid chills." Connie Fletcher, Booklist

Review:

"[A] bald description does not do justice to the novel's brilliant execution, diminished only by a protagonist who is not very likable and the absence of true conflict as he carries out his revenge. Still, this is a highly intelligent and well-written story..." Library Journal

Review:

"Most of...Fry's modernized update of The Count of Monte Cristo is engrossing and witty....The story couldn't be more fun — until vengeance time. Ned's subsequent ploys lead to the unlikely murders and suicides of characters whose complexities are squandered for the sake of a tidy ending." Steve Wilson, Book Magazine

Review:

"It's an old story...but Fry...has the wit and erudition to make it run like a well-made pocket watch. Be warned: the vengeance promised by the title has an unabashedly nasty flavor that's distinctly British and quite refreshing." Newsweek

Review:

"In his first attempt at thriller writing, British actor-novelist Stephen Fry doesn't stumble at all....Revenge is sweet." People

Review:

"A brisk thriller...smooth, clever, bittersweet, and dramatically entertaining." The Seattle Times

About the Author

Stephen Fry is the author of three previous novels and a memoir. As an actor he has been featured in numerous films, including Gosford Park, A Civil Action, and Wilde, in which he played the title role, and in such popular English TV series as Jeeves and Wooster, Black Adder, and A Bit of Fry and Laurie. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812968194
Author:
Fry, Stephen
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. paperback e
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
May 13, 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.00x5.30x.73 in. .54 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812968194 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] highly readable, if thoroughly hokey story....[Mr. Fry] narrates his story with great brio and panache....[He] has written a silly, often preposterous book with a filched plot and a derivative hero. But in the process he has once again proven that he is an entertainer of the very first rank."
"Review" by , "[A] highly satisfying political thriller whose overt resemblances to Dumas' work underscore the claustrophobic and paranoid chills."
"Review" by , "[A] bald description does not do justice to the novel's brilliant execution, diminished only by a protagonist who is not very likable and the absence of true conflict as he carries out his revenge. Still, this is a highly intelligent and well-written story..."
"Review" by , "Most of...Fry's modernized update of The Count of Monte Cristo is engrossing and witty....The story couldn't be more fun — until vengeance time. Ned's subsequent ploys lead to the unlikely murders and suicides of characters whose complexities are squandered for the sake of a tidy ending."
"Review" by , "It's an old story...but Fry...has the wit and erudition to make it run like a well-made pocket watch. Be warned: the vengeance promised by the title has an unabashedly nasty flavor that's distinctly British and quite refreshing."
"Review" by , "In his first attempt at thriller writing, British actor-novelist Stephen Fry doesn't stumble at all....Revenge is sweet."
"Review" by , "A brisk thriller...smooth, clever, bittersweet, and dramatically entertaining."
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