The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas père

Edmond Dantes is confined to the gloomy fortress of If because he was falsely accused of committing a crime for which he was not responsible. There, he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo, and he becomes determined not only to escape but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men who are responsible for his incarceration. He learns of the treasure while he is imprisoned on the island. In the 1840s, when it was first published in serial form, Alexandre Dumas’s epic story of suffering and retribution, which was inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was an enormous popular success.
The lively English translation that Robin Buss did is both complete and unabridged, and it stays true to the style of the original work by Dumas. This edition consists of an introduction, notes explaining the text, and recommendations for additional reading.

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