The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the great thrillers of all
time. In 1853 William Thackeray wrote to a friend: 'began to read
Monte Cristo at six one morning and never stopped till eleven at
night.'. Falsely accused of treason, the young sailor Edmund Dantes
is arrested on his wedding day and imprisoned in the island
fortress of the Chateau d'If. After staging a dramatic escape, he
sets out to discover the fabulous treasure of Monte Cristo and
catch up with his enemies. A novel of enormous tension and
excitement, Monte Cristo is also a tale of obsession and revenge.
Believing himself to be an 'Angel of Providence', Dantes pursues
his vengeance to the bitter end, only then realizing that he
himself is a victim of fate.