The Count of Monte Cristo

October 14, 2019
Alexander Dumas
1844
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Ricardo Gomez Angel
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Tonight, we'll be reading the opening chapter to "The Count of Monte Cristo", completed in 1844 by french author Alexander Dumas. Considered a literary classic today, the story takes place in France, Italy, and islands in the Mediterranean during the historical events of 1815–1839: the era of the Bourbon Restoration through the reign of Louis-Philippe of France. An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness; it centres on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune, and sets about exacting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. His plans have devastating consequences for both the innocent and the guilty.