"and he pored over a ragged translation of The Count of Monte Cristo."
Alexandre Dumas, pere
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This famous adventure novel was written by Alexandre Dumas in 1844. In The Count of Monte Cristo, Edmond Dantès, a young sailor, is the victim of a plot that robs him of his position and his beloved, Mercedes. After escaping from the prison to which he has been condemned and discovering a large fortune hidden in an island cave, Dantès returns to France, disguising himself as the Count of Monte Cristo, determined to wreak vengeance on those who conspired against him.