The Count of Monte Cristo, Hardback
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A beautiful new clothbound edition of Alexandre Dumas' 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 Chateau 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 huge 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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 1312 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780141392462



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When I first received my copy of ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ I was a little over whelmed mainly due to the sheer size of the book (this edition was to my measurements just over 5 and a half centimetres of 1276 frightfully thin pages with small print but there is a delightful ribbon to help you keep your place) but also because I was about to read a tale that is worthy enough to be deemed a classic for well over a century (which is no minor feat) and I was slightly worried that if I didn't see how undeniably amazing it was then I’d be a fool not to recognise great literature even if I dropped it on my foot (don’t laugh, I'm so clumsy I'm almost disabled).It’s seems that in this day and age there is very little time to sit down and properly enjoy a good book, Dumas has the wonderful ability to spin a tale of imprisonment, deception, revenge and love that lets you simply lose yourself (and track of time) in the words, turning pages without even realising it, which isn't particularly helpful as I have oft stayed up later than I anticipated and even once missed the bus (I've honestly no idea why I thought it would be good to read before school). I can often pick up where I left off, twenty minutes here, a half hour there, and the tale still seems seamless but my younger sister is a person you takes a while to get in to a story (whether beginning, middle or end)and so she felt that she couldn't really enjoy it and gave up part way through. I think that perhaps for a lot of people the length of the book is a major obstacle which hinders our ability to enjoy and appreciate the book and so the difficulty lies not in interpreting the language as such (as many English lessons on Shakespeare were spent) but more in the length of time such a task takes.I'm think I enjoyed the book but I feel that it’s the kind of book that needs to be read more than once in order to fully appreciate or perhaps that is maybe my fault for skimming parts in anticipation of what was coming next. I hope though that everyone gives it a chance as it is really rather good.As a 21st century teen I am always looking for the next best thing to read but it seems that I've not realised that the stories we publish are immortal as long as there are those of us who continue to love it (badly quoted from JK Rowling) and thus in our search for a good read we must not just look to the new shiny books that are still in their infancy but look back to the tales who have braved the test of time and persevered, Golden in their old age (old relative to yesterday for example).So don’t hesitate, the classics are calling.

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