The Count of Monte Cristo Leather / fine binding
Part of the Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection series
This is a distinguised collectible edition of a classic adventure story. "The Count of Monte Cristo" is considered to be Alexandre Dumas' best work.
This distinguished collectible edition features an elegant bonded-leather binding, a satin ribbon bookmark, distinctive gilt edging and decorative endpapers.
It's the perfect gift for book lovers and an indispensable addition to any home library.
- Format: Leather / fine binding
- Pages: 1072 pages, b/w throughout
- Publisher: Barnes & Noble Inc
- Publication Date: 15/12/2011
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781435132115
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Review by pmtracy
I had always thought this work by Alexandre Dumas was a swashbuckling adventure novel set at sea. It’s far more nefarious being a book about injustice and vengeance taking place within the framework of early-19th century French society.I’ve read quite a bit of translated French literature from this period and I’ve found it to be poorly translated and simply irrelevant to today’s reader. This work was completely different and it can hold its own when compared to modern action-thrillers. I was surprised by the fast pace and by how much detail was presented in short time spans. Quite a bit happens within the first 100 pages which grabs you for the remaining 900.Giving a detailed plot summary is simply beyond the scope of a quick review. However, here are a few key points that will hopefully entice you to make the effort to read this novel:A guy just about to make it in the world is completely screwed over by “friends” because they’re jealous.He lands up in prison because of some dirty secret he knows about the chief prosecutor.While in prison, he becomes highly educated and also learns of a massive treasure waiting for the taking.He escapes prison, finds the treasure and adopts a new persona.Under disguise, he uses his money and power to get even. Each person that wronged him suffers from a fate uniquely fitting of their past deeds.In the end, everyone gets what they deserve. It’s a happy ending for some but not for most.This book is ultimately about revenge. It also shows that incredible wealth brings power and with power you can do anything.
Review by weeksc07
First of all, this edition of the classic is just beautiful. It may not be the quality of Easton Press or other leatherbound companies, but it is still an attractive book.On to the story. I'm sure most people know the plot well enough for me to gloss over a summary, so we'll just move on to how much the story gets slowed down when events move to Rome. Along with spending far too much time devoted to Franz d'Epinay considering the minor role he plays in the later part of the story, this section introduces the reader to a version of Edmond Dantes who is completely unsympathetic. At first you're rooting for him, but this change is so drastic that it's hard to keep reading. However, things speed back up again when Paris takes center stage and the last quarter of the book really flies by as all the threads come together and conclusions are reached. This is a classic that everyone should read, not just to be familiar with a cornerstone of literature, but for a rip roaring tale of revenge (I apologize for the accidental alliteration).