I picked up this massive book after a suggestion from my sister. The copy that I have is a Penguin Classics edition. It’s a monster of a book coming in at around 1243 pages and an additional 20+ pages for reference purposes.
The Count of Monte Cristo follows the story of a nineteen year old, Edmond Dantès, who is the first mate on board the ship the Pharaon. He has promising prospects as he’s surely going to become the captain of a fine ship, as well as marry a beautiful young catalan by the name of Mercédès. All in all his future is bright, which causes powerful envy from certain people. Of those, three men by the names of Danglars, the supercargo of the Pharaon, Caderousse, M. Dantès’ (Edmond’s father) neighbor, and one Fernand, a fellow in love with Edmond’s soon to be wife.
Together, these three men form a plot to end Dantès’ happiness. They successfully manage to get Edmond arrested under an false accusation of being an agent of Bonaparte, an accusation that could potentially end his career as captain, and separate him from his fiancée, Mercédès.
So far, this is where I am in the book. I can’t wait to read what happens next!