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What a long story. A young man on his wedding day is arrested on a false charge, thrown into prison and held there for 14 years. During that time he met another prisoner who was trying to escape, and who told him of great wealth he had hidden away on an island. When the young man escaped in a freaky way, how he got revenge takes up the rest of the story.
Oct 14th, 2019
I read this in 1977 and it remains one of my all time favorites! WONDERFUL!!!
Jan 4th, 2018
This is an excellently crafted story. Absolutely worth a read, by father and I love it so much, I got him a biography of Alexandre Dumas' father–– he was supposedly the inspiration.
Feb 11th, 2017
Phenomenal story. One of my favorite reads. Tragic, but powerful. A tale of ultimate regret.
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Oct 18th, 2015
Such a fun read! Thorouhly enjoyed it.
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Dec 13th, 2014
This book is a masterpiece of story telling. The basic plot of innocent man who suffers an injustice and, thanks to gaining access to a fortune, is able to exact his revenge in magnificent style is perhaps not unique. However, what makes this book special is the complexity of the plots that Dumas has woven to finally enable the Count to exact his revenge on those who wronged him. I was left in suspense on many occassions as I wondered when and how each element would come together. There are, however, challenges in considering the high cost of this revenge on others and whether the injustice suffered by one man warrants these outcomes.
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Jul 21st, 2013
quite simply an enormous tale encompassing the life of one durable soul and the trials of life that he overcame to set right all the wrongs done to him. A fantastic read that will make you feel like you belong to another time and place. The travel narrative will take you on a ride through Europe and beyond as Edmond Dantes, Sinbad the sailor and the Count weave a web of revenge and redemption. I strongly recommend this book to any young men or women who have experienced the agony of bondage or the sorrow of post-youth depression.
Mar 28th, 2013
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44th on The Big Read by BBC