Count of the Monte Cristo
This title includes an introduction and notes by Keith Wren, University of Kent
at Canterbury. The story of Edmund Dantes, self-styled Count of Monte Cristo, is
told with consummate skill. The victim of a miscarriage of justice, Dantes is fired
by a desire for retribution and empowered by a stroke of providence. In his campaign
of vengeance, he becomes an anonymous agent of fate. The sensational narrative of
intrigue, betrayal, escape, and triumphant revenge moves at a cracking pace. Dumas'
novel presents a powerful conflict between good and evil embodied in an epic saga
of rich diversity that is complicated by the hero's ultimate discomfort with the
hubristic implication of his own actions.