I really enjoyed this book at times, and hated it at other times. But the enjoyment surpassed the hatred in the end. The complexity of characters and multiple plots were sometimes confusing, but tied up nicely in the last third of the novel. It's a piece of book riddled with dull scenes that are necessary to lead up to powerful moments. I don't think I've ever felt as much wonder and sheer reverence towards a character, as I have for the Count. The last 7 or 8 chapters were the sunrise that helped me understand why this is one of the best literary works of our generation. But before that, it was merely darkness, stars and moon hinting to the coming glory.
Engaging, incredible work of art! Another thrilling, engaging work of art by Alexandre Dumas. I couldn't put it down! This version has quite a few small typed errors that must be overlooked, but the errors do not make the book unreadable- especially for free. Amazing classic! Five stars!
Edmond Dantes is made the victim of a superbly hatched conspiracy. This is done to keep him away from his rights. He is jailed. In the jail, he meets Father Faria, who gives him the address of a treasure hidden on an island. Edmond escapes from the prison, collects the treasure and goes to Paris. Now, he becomes the Count of Monte Cristo. He crushes his enemies in Paris. Then, he reveals his true identity to all of them. This is probably the best novel of Alexandre Dumas. The original flavour of these classics has been carefully retained in these abridged versions.
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The reader guesses beforehand whom the usher preceded in announcing the courier from Bretagne. This messenger was easily recognized. It was D'Artagnan, his clothes dusty, his face inflamed, his hair dripping with sweat, his legs stiff; he lifted his feet painfully at every step, on which resounded the clink of his blood–stained spurs. He perceived in the doorway he was passing through, the superintendent coming out. Fouquet bowed with a smile to him who, an hour before, was bringing him ruin and death. D'Artagnan found in his goodness of heart, and in his inexhaustible vigor of body, enough presence of mind to remember the kind reception of this man; he bowed then, also, much more from benevolence and compassion, than from respect. He felt upon his lips the word which had so many times been repeated to the Duc de Guise: "Fly." But to pronounce that word would have been to betray his cause; to speak that word in the cabinet of the king, and before an usher, would have been to ruin himself gratuitously, and could save nobody. D'Artagnan then, contented himself with bowing to Fouquet and entered. At this moment the king floated between the joy the last words of Fouquet had given him, and his pleasure at the return of D'Artagnan.
This vintage book contains the first volume of Alexandre Dumas’s famous adventure novel, “The Count of Monte Cristo”. Set in early nineteenth century France during the time of the Bourbon Restoration, it tells the story of a man’s wrongful imprisonment, his escape, and his indefatigable quest for revenge. A masterful tale of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness, ”The Count of Monte Cristo” is rightfully one the most famous novels of all time, and deserves a place on every bookshelf. Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870) was a famous French writer. He is best remembered for his exciting romantic sagas, including "The Three Musketeers" and "Chicot the Jester". Despite making a great deal of money from his writing, Dumas was almost perpetually penniless thanks to his extravagant lifestyle. His novels have been translated into nearly a hundred different languages, and have inspired over 200 motion pictures. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing this antiquarian book now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.
В данный том вошел роман «Две Дианы». «Две Дианы» – историко-приключенческий роман замечательного французского писателя А. Дюма, рассказывающий об одном из наиболее трагических моментов в истории Франции XVI века – начале религиозной междоусобицы между католиками и протестантами. Франция эпохи Возрождения. Шестнадцатое столетие, полное бедствий, страстей и славы. Интриги королевского двора, непримиримые кровавые распри на религиозной почве, мятежи, войны за пределами страны... Среди действующих лиц этого историко-приключенческого романа короли Генрих II, Франциск II, Карл IX, командующий французской армией Анн Монморанси, знаменитый полководец Франциск де Гиз, адмирал Колиньи, а среди знатных дам Екатерина Медичи, Диана де Пуатье, Диана де Кастро, Мария Стюарт.
В данный том вошел роман «Сорок пять». «Сорок пять» является последним романом трилогии Александра Дюма, куда входят «Королева Марго» и «Графиня де Монсоро». Сорок пять надежных телохранителей. Сорок пять преданных гасконских сердец, готовых прикрыть своего сюзерена от любой опасности. Сорок пять человек, в преданности которых король может быть уверен. Много это или мало, если учесть, что рвущиеся к власти Гизы содержат целую армию наемных убийц, короля ненавидят и презирают собственные подданные, а в тени неприметной Наварры разворачивается мощь скромного "королька", как называет он себя сам, Генриха Бурбона, которому еще только предстоит называться Великим. Но пока... пока этих скромных сил, неприметно направляемых королевским шутом по имени Шико, хватает, чтоб удержать Валуа на шатающемся под ним троне.
В данную книгу вошел роман «Три мушкетера». «Три мушкетёра» (фр. Les trois mousquetaires) — роман Александра Дюма-отца, написанный в 1844 году. Книга посвящена приключениям молодого человека по имени д'Артаньян, покинувшего дом, чтобы стать мушкетёром, и трёх его друзей-мушкетёров Атоса, Портоса и Арамиса. История д'Артаньяна продолжается в двух других романах трилогии: «Двадцать лет спустя» и «Виконт де Бражелон, или Десять лет спустя».
В данный том вошел роман «Кавалер Красного замка», действие романа происходит в период массового террора, развязанного якобинцами в 1793 г. В огне и крови Великой французской революции решаются судьбы героев романа.
Cornelius von Baerle lives only to cultivate the elusive black tulip and win a magnificent prize for its creation. But when his powerful godfather is assassinated, the unwitting Cornelius becomes caught up in a deadly political intrigue. Falsely accused of high treason by a bitter rival, Cornelius is condemned to life in prison. His only comfort is Rosa, the jailer's beautiful daughter, who helps him concoct a plan to grow the black tulip in secret. As Robin Buss explains in his informative introduction, Dumas infuses his story with elements from the history of the Dutch Republic (including two brutal murders) and Holland's seventeenth-century "tulipmania" phenomenon.
The Man in the Iron Mask continues the tale of our four heroes from The Three Musketeers, Dumas's wildly popular introduction to the mischievous Musketeers - D'Artagnan, Aramis, Porthos, and Athos. In this dark sequel, we track their lives many years after the prodigious moment when D'Artagnan receives a commission to be a lieutenant in the Musketeers. We find in The Man in the Iron Mask that things have changed quite a bit from the seeming happy days of swashbuckling adventures. The story opens at the famous French prison known as the Bastille. A priest named Aramis - a former Musketeer - is sitting in a cell with a prisoner. It seems that Aramis is at the prison to hear the man's confession. The prisoner, however, doesn't have anything to confess, because his only crime is being the King of France's twin brother. Aramis happens to be one of the few people in France who knows this secret. Aramis wastes no time in putting together a plan to free this prisoner and swap him for the legitimate king. Once the former prisoner becomes king, Aramis hopes to be rewarded by being appointed adviser to the King, prime minister, or even pope. Meanwhile, let's get up to speed on the situation with the real King. We have a colorful cast of characters at court. There's King Louis's mother, Anne of Austria, his younger brother (known as Monsieur, with a capital 'M'), his wife Maria Theresa, and his mistress, a woman named La Valliere. Then there's the Superintendent of Finances, a man by the name of Fouquet, who's throwing a party at Vaux in an attempt to ingratiate himself with the King. Among those who would like to see Fouquet swimming with the fishes is a man named Colbert, the Minister of Finances. To round off courtly life, we have D'Artagnan, captain of the King's Musketeers.
The story begins with a historical event — the 1672 lynching of the Dutch Grand Pensionary (roughly equivalent to a modern Prime Minister) Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis, by a wild mob of their own countrymen — considered by many as one of the most painful episodes in Dutch history, described by Dumas with a dramatic intensity.
The main plot line, involving fictional characters, takes place in the following eighteen months; only gradually does the reader understand its connection with the killing of the de Witt brothers.
The city of Haarlem, Netherlands, has set a prize of ƒ100,000 to the person who can grow a black tulip, sparking competition between the country's best gardeners to win the money, honour and fame. Only the city's oldest citizens remember the Tulip Mania thirty years prior, and the citizens throw themselves into the competition. The young and bourgeois Cornelius van Baerle has almost succeeded but is suddenly thrown into the Loevestein prison. There he meets the prison guard's beautiful daughter Rosa, who will be his comfort and help, and eventually become his rescuer.
The novel was originally published in three volumes in 1850 as La Tulipe Noire by Baudry (Paris).
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