Tea with The Count of Monte Cristo
Author Bio: Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870) was one of the most popular and prolific French writers of the 19th century. Born the grandson of a marquis and a former Haitian slave, his works have been translated into many languages and he is one of the most widely read French authors. Many of his historical novels of high adventure were originally published as serials, including The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. His novels have been adapted since the early twentieth century into nearly 200 films. He is also known as Alexandre Dumas père (French for 'father'), because he fathered the dramatist and novelist Alexandre Dumas, called Dumas fils (French for ‘son’).
Book Description: The Count of Monte Cristo, a Romantic novel by French author Alexandre Dumas père, was published serially in 1844–46 and in book form in 1844–45. The work is set from 1815-1839, during the time of the Bourbon Restoration in France. The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book, an adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness. It centers 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. Despite The Count of Monte Cristo being criticized for its wordiness, largely attributed to Dumas having been paid by the line, it is widely praised as one of the most gripping novels ever written.
Activities: Tune in every weekday at 3 p.m. to stream a read-aloud of chapters from The Count of Monte Cristo. The videos will be also be available for later viewing.
Previous Readings: Visit the Library's YouTube channel to watch previous readings by clicking on the different playlists below.