El conde de Montecristo

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Anaya, 2008 - Fiction - 1056 pages
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El conde de Montecristo es una sólida novela de aventuras. Naufragios, mazmorras, fugas, ejecuciones, asesinatos, traiciones, envenenamientos, suplantaciones de personalidad, un niño enterrado vivo, una joven resucitada, catacumbas, contrabandistas, bandoleros, tesoros, amoríos, reveses de fortuna, golpes de teatro, todo para crear una atmósfera irreal, extraordinaria, fantástica, a la medida del superhombre que se mueve en ella. Y todo ello arropado en una novela de costumbres, digna de medirse con las contemporáneas de Balzac. Pero, además, toda la obra gira en torno a una idea moral: el mal debe ser castigado. El conde, desde esa altura que le da la sabiduría, la riqueza y el manejo de los hilos de la trama, se erige en «la mano de Dios» para repartir premios y castigos y vengar su juventud y su amor destrozados. A veces, cuando hace milagros para salvar al justo de la muerte, el lector se sobrecoge de emoción. Otras, cuando asesta los implacables hachazos de la venganza, nos sentimos estremecidos. En definitiva, una novela que nos atrapa de principio a fin.

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After an idle youth, Alexandre Dumas went to Paris and spent some years writing. A volume of short stories and some farces were his only productions until 1927, when his play Henri III (1829) became a success and made him famous. It was as a storyteller rather than a playwright, however, that Dumas gained enduring success. Perhaps the most broadly popular of French romantic novelists, Dumas published some 1,200 volumes during his lifetime. These were not all written by him, however, but were the works of a body of collaborators known as "Dumas & Co." Some of his best works were plagiarized. For example, The Three Musketeers (1844) was taken from the Memoirs of Artagnan by an eighteenth-century writer, and The Count of Monte Cristo (1845) from Penchet's A Diamond and a Vengeance. At the end of his life, drained of money and sapped by his work, Dumas left Paris and went to live at his son's villa, where he remained until his death.

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