The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre DumasThe Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo

byAlexandre Dumas

Mass Market Paperback | December 1, 1984


Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

A popular bestseller since its publication in 1844, The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the great page-turning thrillers of all time. Set against the tumultuous years of the post-Napoleonic era, Alexandre Dumas’s grand historical romance recounts the swashbuckling adventures of Edmond Dantès, a dashing young sailor falsely accused of treason. The story of his long imprisonment, dramatic escape, and carefully wrought revenge offers up a vision of France that has become immortal. As Robert Louis Stevenson declared, “I do not believe there is another volume extant where you can breathe the same unmingled atmosphere of romance.”
Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870) lived a life as romantic as that depicted in his famous novels. He was born in Villers-Cotterêts, France. His early education was scanty, but his beautiful handwriting secured him a position in Paris in 1822 with the du’Orléans, where he read voraciously and began to write. His first play, Henri III et sa co...
Title:The Count of Monte CristoFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 6.84 × 4.14 × 0.89 inPublished:December 1, 1984Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such an amazing book! This book really takes you back in time with both the language and the setting. They just don't write books like this anymore!
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book A fantastic story with every great literary element! Love it! Read this book if you haven't - it'll change your reading life!
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from classic! the language takes you back in time and along for the adventure, heartbreak, revenge and love.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and complex I will be forever amazed by the complexity of this story. Its almost difficult to wrap my mind around the fact that someone was brilliant enough to write it. The story makes me think of layers. When you think you have come to the end of a part of Dantes' plan, you dig deeper and there is much much more. But everything fit together perfectly, in such a large picture. Dantes got his perfect revenge. No one ever saw him coming, no one could have imagine what he had in store for them.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hard read but amazing story it took me weeks to get through the first half of the book but when i finished the book i felt great. overall fantastic read
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hard read but amazing story it took me weeks to get through the first half of the book but when i finished the book i felt great. overall fantastic read
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hard read but amazing story this is my favourite book! it took me weeks to get through the first half because the writing is heavy but after i finished the book i felt great. fantastic read
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from hey~ it's pretty good if your looking for something easy to digest this is not it, & it has a ton of characters that I get impatient with as they yammer a lot (just take me back to The Count plz) but that's just MY short comings not the novel it's a really great story though so I would suggest trying at least & heck if your not up to it Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo is good as heck & a total must watch for the fans
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intense Difficult to read, but fantastic
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of the Best What a story, a great adventure. Always in my heart.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Adventure One of the greatest novels I've ever read!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing but I can't finish it I've been trying to finish this book for about 15 years now. It is full of action, adventure, love, deceit and everything in between but it's so long that I have never made it all the way through. I put it down and then years later think I really should read it again but have to start at the beginning because I've forgotten so many important details. This cycle has repeated at least three times. Although I have no idea how it ends I'm still giving it five stars because the book cannot be faulted for my own shortcomings. One day Dante, it will be you and me to the bitter end.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing but I can't finish it I've been trying to finish this book for about 15 years now. It is full of action, adventure, love, deceit and everything in between but it's so long that I have never made it all the way through. I put it down and then years later think I really should read it again but have to start at the beginning because I've forgotten so many important details. This cycle has repeated at least three times. Although I have no idea how it ends I'm still giving it five stars because the book cannot be faulted for my own shortcomings. One day Dante, it will be you and me to the bitter end.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my favourite books not gonna lie, it took me several chapters to get into this book but once i did i couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! A true classic for all ages
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! Fantastic story and great writing! This should definitely be next on your reading list.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This should be next on your list Fantastic story and great writing style. You'll get hooked!
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful reading! #plumreview I've read the Count more than once, so I bought this audio version for my husband more than for myself, but the reading is so excellent that I'm enjoying the story in a new way.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite classic Couldn't put this one down.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from revenge the greatest revenge story ever
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Count of Monte Cristo One of my favourite classic novels.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever Written One of the greatest novels ever written! It's a long read, but it's quite fast paced. This edition is also beautiful.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommend Amazing book, amazing edition, amazing price.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pace is a long read Phewf!! It is a thick read, but it has it all - love, loss, fear, freedom, murder, mystery - a classic tale. A strange-raveled story with many threads that seem individual but are all knitted together and rolled up ball of yarn that needs to be unrolled to understand all the characters. Once you get past the traditional speaking, you find Edmond, Mercedes, Fernand, Danglars, Villefort, Count, and other characters colourful and will want to know what happens. A classic read.
Date published: 2013-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Heartfelt and tragic, it really is a story about the triumph of the human spirit. Although the size of the book may be daunting, it is actually a quick read. As I am a chapter to chapter reader and the chapters are small, I actually felt like I was flying through it. An excellent read!
Date published: 2008-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This is the most I have been into a classic novel in a long time. You can't help but feel for Edmund Dantes, once he's thrown into jail for a crime he didn't commit, and you root for him the whole way along. Definately worth the read.
Date published: 2008-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Greatest Historical Romance Ever Written... Well, as you can see from the reviews below mine, this is an amazing book. So go purchase it instead of just pondering about it. But let me give some tips: don't get the abridged version (which means it's edited and drastically changed to be an easier read) since sometimes they're half the length of the real version. The most important thing to look at are the endnotes, which enable you to understand the historical aspect of it; so pay careful attention to that. I got a Wordsworth edition for a mere $5, which includes amazing endnotes, so consider it as a good choice (the only problem is that the font is quite small to make the price cheap). Anyway, this is certainly one of the greatest adventure novels ever written, with a great cast of characters and a gripping plot. Edmond Dantes, a sailor, is wrongfully accused of treason and imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit on his wedding day, and after escaping a prison surrounded by the sea on all sides, acquires a hidden fortune and seeks revenge on his betrayers. The plot is quite modern , and more exciting than the latest movies out now. Believe me, you'll love it. It has tons of action, adventure, romance, and everything you could ask for in a book or movie. But just get the right edition.
Date published: 2005-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Count of Monte Cristo At first I thought this was going to be a dull, long read because it was a classic. I was wrong. Dantès was well developed, and the plot progressed smoothly. You can almost forget how old the book is. The fiction in the book was amazing for its time, and still is for ours. Read it.
Date published: 2004-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! i read the 1946 version of this, and all i have to say is WOW! Alexandre Dumas has crafted an incredibly in-depth and involved plot no modern author could ever hope to equal. The tales, though sometimes seeming separate are all interconnected by a stunningly crafted series of events. Edmond Dantes' character is hugely dynamic and well developed. M. L'Abbe faria is also well done. The movie , though an excellent piece, does not do the book justice. Niether do the newer versions of the novel. If you've got time on your hands and are a good reader, this book is definitely your friend.
Date published: 2004-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best pieces of literature, ever. If you haven't read this book, what are you waiting for? It is beautifully written, and the character developement is of the likes of which I have never seen before. The story grabs you and will not let you go until you have read the last word on the last page of the last chapter. If you haven't read this book yet, what are you waiting for?
Date published: 2004-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Count of Monte Cristo This book is a real adventure! It may start off a bit slow, but once you get into it, you can't put it down. I would consider it one of the best books I have ever read.
Date published: 2004-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Count of Monte Cristo This is absolutely the very best book I have ever read. I looked forward to every free second I had to read this masterpiece. Can't wait to read it again (and again)!! Contains all the elements of a wonderful book. DO NOT WATCH THE MOVIE, YOU'LL BE HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED AFTER READING THE BOOK! Happy Reading.
Date published: 2003-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from count of monte cristo*** while this book is intimidating to begin reading, it quickly becomes apparent that it will become one of your favorites. i highly recommend it. it is about a man who is wronged and betrayed by a 'friend', and the lifetime he spends exacting his revenge.
Date published: 2003-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Will there ever be a novel of compare? We can only do two things, wait, and hope.
Date published: 2001-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpeice I find the word "masterpiece" is a loose term that is often used much with little evidence. If the word masterpiece could ever be clearly defined, without a shade of doubt this work of art would surely fit the parameters. The characters are presented and depicted flawlessly and the twists and turns the plot takes and how it is all unraveled in the end is picture perfect. My only wish is that I could read it all over again for the very first time. Read it and I guarantee you will love it.
Date published: 2000-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why did it take this long It took me 53 years to open its cover and then 2 days of hookey from work to finish it. An outstanding canvass that the artist approaches from all directions and then it appears in full before your very eyes. This novel, in my estimation, is the best constructed of any I have read. Each tension is masterfully crafted and, ultimately, each is resolved in logical fashion. M. Dumas has woven love/hate, good/evil, mystery, suspense and science fiction into his masterpiece. My reading of fiction will never be the same. And I am glad of that.
Date published: 2000-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Monte Cristo I have read this book three times and i do intend to read it again. It is my all time favorite book. The story development is incredible, you can't help but sympathize with the main character. His charm, wit and intelligence will not allow you to put the book down. Amazing classic (and if you can read french, you should give it a shot in that language)
Date published: 2000-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This was an excellent read and I had a hard time putting the book down. It captured my attention right from the start and did not disappoint me. I highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2000-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You must read this classic If you enjoy classic literature, and want a light read, than read this book.
Date published: 2000-03-27

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Chapter ION FEBRUARY 24, 1815, the watchtower at Marseilles signaled the arrival of the three-master Pharaon, coming from Smyrna, Trieste and Naples.The quay was soon covered with the usual crowd of curious onlookers, for the arrival of a ship is always a great event in Marseilles, especially when, like the Pharaon, it has been built, rigged and laden in the city and belongs to a local shipowner.Meanwhile the vessel was approaching the harbor under topsails, jib and foresail, but so slowly and with such an air of melancholy that the onlookers, instinctively sensing misfortune, began to wonder what accident could have happened on board. However, the experienced seamen among them saw that if there had been an accident, it could not have happened to the ship herself, for she had every appearance of being under perfect control. Standing beside the pilot, who was preparing to steer the Pharaon through the narrow entrance of the harbor, was a young man who, with vigilant eyes and rapid gestures, watched every movement of the ship and repeated each of the pilot's orders.The vague anxiety hovering over the crowd affected one man so much that he could not wait until the ship entered the harbor: he leaped into a small boat and ordered the boatman to row him out to meet the Pharaon.When he saw this man coming toward him, the young sailor left his post beside the pilot and walked over to the side of the ship, holding his hat in his hand. He was a tall, slender young man, no more than twenty years old, with dark eyes and hair as black as ebony. His whole manner gave evidence of that calmness and resolution peculiar to those who have been accustomed to facing danger ever since their childhood."Ah, it's you, Dantès!" cried the man in the boat. "What's happened? Why does everything look so gloomy on board?""A great misfortune, Monsieur Morrel!" replied the young man. "We lost our brave Captain Leclère off Civitavecchia.""What about the cargo?" asked the shipowner eagerly."It arrived safely, Monsieur Morrel, and I think you'll be satisfied on that score, but poor Captain Leclère--""What happened to him?" asked the shipowner, visibly relieved."He died of brain fever, in horrible agony. He's now at rest off the Isle of II Giglio, sewed up in his hammock with one cannon ball at his head and another at his feet." The young man smiled sadly and added, "How ironic-he waged war against the English for ten long years and then died in his bed like anyone else.""Well, we're all mortal," said the shipowner, "and the old must make way for the young, otherwise there would be no promotion."As they were passing the Round Tower, the young sailor called out, "Make ready to lower topsails, foresail and jib!" The order was executed as smartly as on board a man-of-war. "Lower away and brail all!" At this last order all the sails were lowered and the ship's speed became almost imperceptible."And now, if you'd like to come aboard, Monsieur Morrel," said Dantès, seeing the shipowner's impatience, "you can talk to your purser, Monsieur Danglars, who's just coming out of his cabin. He can give you all the information you want. As for myself, I must look after the anchoring and dress the ship in mourning."The shipowner did not wait to be invited twice. He grasped the line which Dantès threw to him and, with an agility that would have done credit to a sailor, climbed up the ladder attached to the ship's side. Dantès returned to his duties, while Danglars came out to meet Monsieur Morrel. The purser was a man of twenty-five or twenty-six with a rather melancholy face, obsequious to his superiors and arrogant to his subordinates. He was as much disliked by the crew as Edmond Dantès was liked by them."Well, Monsieur Morrel," said Danglars, "I suppose you've heard about our misfortune.""Yes, I have. Poor Captain Leclère! He was a brave and honorable man.""And an excellent seaman, too, grown old between the sky and the water, as a man should be when he's entrusted with the interests of such an important firm as Morrel and Son.""But," said the shipowner, watching Dantès preparing to drop anchor, "it seems to me a man doesn't have to be old to do his work well, Danglars. Our friend Edmond there doesn't look as though he needs advice from anyone.""Yes," said Danglars, casting Dantès a glance full of hatred, "he's young and he has no doubts about anything. As soon as the captain was dead he took command without consulting anyone, and he made us lose a day and a half at the Isle of Elba instead of coming straight back to Marseilles.""As for taking command," said the shipowner, "it was his duty as first mate, but he was wrong to waste a day and a half at the Isle of Elba, unless the ship needed some sort of repairs.""The ship was as sound as I am and as I hope you are, Monsieur Morrel. Wasting that day and a half was nothing but a whim of his; he just wanted to go ashore for a while, that's all.""Dantès," said Morrel, turning toward the young man, "come here, please.""Excuse me, sir, I'll be with you in a moment," said Dantès. Then, turning to the crew, he called out, "Let go!" The anchor dropped immediately and the chain rattled noisily. Dantès walked over to Morrel."I wanted to ask you why you stopped at the Isle of Elba.""It was to carry out an order from Captain Leclère. As he was dying he gave me a package to deliver to Marshal Bertrand there.""Did you see him, Edmond?""Yes."Morrel looked around and drew Dantès off to one side. "How is the emperor?" he asked eagerly."He's well, as far as I could tell. He came into the marshal's room while I was there.""Did you talk to him?""No, he talked to me," said Dantès, smiling."What did he say?""He asked me about the ship, when it had left for Marseilles, what route it had taken and what cargo it was carrying. I think that if the ship had been empty and I had been its owner he would have tried to buy it from me, but I told him I was only the first mate and that it belonged to the firm of Morrel and Son. 'I know that firm,' he said. 'The Morrels have been shipowners for generations and there was a Morrel in my regiment when I was garrisoned at Valence.' ""That's true!" exclaimed Morrel, delighted. "It was Policar Morrel, my uncle. He later became a captain." Then, giving Dantès a friendly tap on the shoulder, he said, "You were quite right to follow Captain Leclère's instructions and stop at the Isle of Elba, although you might get into trouble if it became known that you gave the marshal a package and spoke to the emperor.""How could it get me into trouble?" asked Dantès. "I don't even know what was in the package, and the emperor only asked me the same questions he would have asked any other newcomer. But excuse me for a moment, sir; I see the health and customs officers coming on board."Danglars stepped up as the young man walked away. "Well," he said, "he seems to have given you some good reasons for his stopover.""He gave me excellent reasons, Monsieur Danglars.""That's good; it's always painful to see a friend fail to do his duty.""Dantès did his duty well," replied the shipowner. "It was Captain Leclère, who ordered the stopover.""Speaking of Captain Leclère, didn't Dantès give you a letter from him?""No. Was there one?""I thought Captain Leclère gave him a letter along with the package.""What package, Danglars?""Why, the one Dantès delivered to the Isle of Elba.""How do you know he delivered a package there?"Danglars flushed. "The captain's door was ajar when I was passing by," he said, "and I saw him give Dantès a package and a letter.""He didn't say anything to me about it, but if he has the letter I'm sure he'll give it to me."Danglars was silent for a moment, then he said, "Monsieur Morrel, please don't mention it to Dantès; I must have been mistaken."Just then Dantès returned and Danglars walked away."Well, Dantès, have you finished now?""Yes, sir.""Then will you come to dinner with us?""Please excuse me, Monsieur Morrel, but I think I owe my first visit to my father. Just the same, I'm grateful for the honor of your invitation.""You're right, Dantès. You're a good son. But we'll be expecting you after you've visited your father.""Excuse me again, Monsieur Morrel, but after that first visit there's another one that's equally important to me.""Oh, yes; I was forgetting that there's someone who must be waiting for you as impatiently as your father-the beautiful Mercédès. You're a lucky man, Edmond, and you have a very pretty mistress.""She's not my mistress, sir," said the young sailor gravely. "She's my fiancée.""That's sometimes the same thing," said Morrel, laughing."Not with us, sir," replied Dantès."Well, I won't keep you any longer; you've taken care of my affairs so well that I want to give you as much time as possible to take care of your own. Do you have anything else to tell me?""No.""Didn't Captain Leclère give you a letter for me before he died?""He was unable to write, sir. But that reminds me that I must ask you for two weeks' leave.""To get married?""First of all; and then to go to Paris.""Very well, take as long as you like, Dantès. It will take at least six weeks to unload the cargo, and we won't be ready to put to sea again before another three months or so. But in three months you'll have to be here. The Pharaon," continued the shipowner, patting the young sailor on the shoulder, "can't leave without her captain.""Without her captain!" cried Dantès, his eyes flashing with joy. "Do you really intend to make me captain of the Pharaon?""If I were alone, my dear Dantès, I'd shake your hand and say, 'It's done.' But I have a partner, and you know the Italian proverb, 'He who has a partner has a master.' The thing is at least half done, though, since you already have one vote out of two. Leave it to me to get you the other one; I'll do my best.""Oh, Monsieur Morrel!" cried Dantès, grasping the ship-owner's hand with tears in his eyes. "I thank you in the name of my father and of Mercédès.""That's all right, Edmond. Go see your father, go see Mercedes, then come back to see me.""Don't you want me to take you ashore?""No, thanks; I'll stay on board and look over the accounts with Danglars. Were you satisfied with him during the trip?""That depends on how you mean the question, sir. If you're asking me if I was satisfied with him as a comrade, the answer is no; I think he's disliked me ever since the day we had a little quarrel and I was foolish enough to suggest that we stop for ten minutes at the Isle of Monte Cristo to settle it, a suggestion which I was wrong to make and which he was right to refuse. But if you're speaking of him as a purser, I think there's nothing to be said against him and that you'll be quite satisfied with the way he's done his work.""If you were captain of the Pharaon, would you be glad to keep him?""Whether I'm captain or first mate, Monsieur Morrel," replied Dantès. "I'll always have great respect for those who have the confidence of my shipowners.""Good, good, Dantès! I see you're a fine young man in every way. But don't let me hold you back any longer-I can see how anxious you are to leave.""May I take your skiff?""Certainly.""Good-bye, Monsieur Morrel, and thank you from the bottom of my heart."The young sailor leaped into the skiff and sat down in the stern, giving orders to be rowed to the Canebière. Smiling, the shipowner watched him until he saw him jump ashore, after which he was immediately swallowed up in the crowd. When he turned around, Morrel saw Danglars standing behind him, also following the young sailor's movements. But there was a great difference in the expression of the two men as they both watched Edmond Dantès. --

From Our Editors

Relates a sailor's preparation for and execution of revenge against the three men responsible for his fifteen years in prison.

Editorial Reviews

"Dumas was . . . a summit of art. Nobody ever could, or did, or will improve upon Dumas's romances and plays."—George Bernard Shaw