The height of Alexander Dumas' writings, The Count of Monte Cristo is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic era. When Edmond Dantes is betrayed and throwing into a secret dungeon, it seems as if his life if over. Yet he doesn't anticipate the impact of a fellow prisoner, and the plan that the two will hatch together. His carefully wrought revenge creates a dramatic tale of mystery. 531 pages, softcover.
Set against the turbulent years of the Napoleonic era, Alexandre Dumas's thrilling adventure story is one of the most widely read romantic novels of all time. In it the dashing young hero, Edmond Dantès, is betrayed by his enemies and thrown into a secret dungeon in the Chateau d'If -- doomed to spend his life in a dank prison cell. The story of his long, intolerable years in captivity, his miraculous escape, and his carefully wrought revenge creates a dramatic tale of mystery and intrigue and paints a vision of France -- a dazzling, dueling, exuberant France -- that has become immortal.
Lorenzo Carcaterra is the author of five books, A Safe Place, Sleepers, Apaches, Gangster, and the forthcoming Street Boys. He has also written scripts for movies and television. He lives in New York.
"Dumas was... a summit of art. Nobody ever could, or did, or will improve upon Dumas's romances and plays." -- George Bernard Shaw