The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

by Alexandre Dumas

This beloved novel tells the story of Edmond Dantès, wrongfully imprisoned for life in the supposedly impregnable sea fortress, the Château d’If. After a daring escape, and after unearthing a hidden treasure revealed to him by a fellow prisoner, he devotes the rest of his life to tracking down and punishing the enemies who wronged him.

Though a brilliant storyteller, Dumas was given to repetitions and redundancies; this slightly streamlined version of the original 1846 English translation speeds the narrative flow while retaining most of the rich pictorial descriptions and all the essential details of Dumas’s intricately plotted and thrilling masterpiece. Alexandre Dumas’s epic novel of justice, retribution, and self-discovery—one of the most enduringly popular adventure tales ever written

BK Takeaways

  • “It's necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live.”

  • “I don’t think man was meant to attain happiness so easily. Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.”

  • “All human wisdom is contained in these two words--"Wait and Hope.”

  • “Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome. Do your worst, for I will do mine! Then the fates will know you as we know you”

  • “The difference between treason and patriotism is only a matter of dates.”

  • “For all evils there are two remedies - time and silence.”

  • “There are two ways of seeing: with the body and with the soul. The body's sight can sometimes forget, but the soul remembers forever.”

  • “Those born to wealth, and who have the means of gratifying every wish, know not what is the real happiness of life, just as those who have been tossed on the stormy waters of the ocean on a few frail planks can alone realize the blessings of fair weather.”

  • “Often we pass beside happiness without seeing it, without looking at it, or even if we have seen and looked at it, without recognizing it.”

This book was gifted to me by my uncle and was a phenomenal read! It's a bit of a monster at 1,200 pages, but is worth its weight in gold. As Edmund's life starts to make a turn for the worst at the beginning of the story, I was already so enthralled that found myself unable to put The Count of Monte Cristo down. Devouring page after to page to learn what was going to happen next and if our hero would get the retribution he so rightly deserved.

Today is going to be a good day, I have a feeling...


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