Edmond Dantes is falsely accused of treason and imprisoned in the terrifying Chateau d'If. Many years later he escapes, discovers a secret fortune and tracks down his enemies to make them suffer for their crimes. The film version of the novel is due to be shown nationwide from 19th April 2002.
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If you are already dismayed by the length and price of this famous story of revenge set in France against a backdrop of turbulent Bonapartist politics, you could cop out and buy the two-CD abridgement for £10.99. It would be about as satisfying as booking a table at Le Gavroche and ordering scrambled eggs, but 52 hours, I agree, is a long haul. Dumas père is chiefly remembered for this, for The Three Musketeers, and for fathering Alexander Dumas fils, author of La Dame aux Camélias. It's a terrific story. Edmond Dantès, a charismatic young seaman, just promoted to captain, is framed by jealous rivals, falsely accused of being a pro-Bonaparte spy and arrested minutes before his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes. He is sentenced to life imprisonment at the notorious Château d'If, where, 14 years later, a fellow inmate, a priest on his deathbed, reveals the whereabouts of a massive treasure on the tiny island of Monte Cristo. Dantès escapes, finds the treasure, buys a peerage and sets about his revenge. Take it on your gap year. --Sue Arnold, The GuardianBook Description:
'Dumas is a master of ripping yarns full of fearless heroes, poisonous ladies and swashbuckling adventurers.' The Guardian
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 141007796
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0141007796