The Count of Monte Cristo
How did I escape? With difficulty. How did I plan this moment? With pleasure.
Has someone done you wrong? Do you feel the need for the thing called revenge? The Count of Monte Cristo (1844) by Alexandre Dumas (1802-70) is just the read for you then, cause when it comes to revenge, Edmond Dantes is the go to guy. As usual, I have stolen the plot summary from wikipedia:
“In 1815 Edmond Dantes, a young and successful merchant sailor recently granted his own command by his dying captain Leclère, returns to Marseille to marry his fiancée Mercédès. Leclère, a supporter of the exiled Napoleon I, has charged Dantès to deliver two objects: a package to Maréchal Bertrand (exiled with Napoleon Bonaparte on Elba), and a letter from Elba to an unknown man in Paris. On the eve of his wedding to Mercédès, Fernand (Mercédès’ cousin and a rival for her affections) and Danglars (who is jealous of Dantes’ rapid rise to captain) send an anonymous note accusing Dantès of being a Bonapartist traitor. Villefort, the deputy crown prosecutor in Marseille, destroys the letter from Elba because it is addressed to his father who is a Bonapartist and he fears that it will harm his career. In order to silence Dantès, he condemns him without trial to life imprisonment.
During his fourteen years imprisonment in the Château d’If, Dantes befriends the Abbé Faria, a fellow prisoner trying to tunnel his way to freedom, who claims knowledge of a massive treasure and continually offers to reward the guards well if they release him. Faria gives Dantès an extensive education. He also explains to Dantès how Danglars, Fernand, and Villefort would each have had their own reasons for wanting Dantès in prison, out of circulation. After years of friendship, and knowing himself to be close to death, Faria tells Dantès the location of the treasure, on Monte Cristo.”
Years later, disguised as the Count of Monte Cristo, Dantes executes his revenge on the men who wronged him in the past. And what a revenge! Lovely.
This is a brilliant, enthralling summer read that I’m sure you will enjoy.