The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo
By Alexandre Dumas, Robin Buss

Revenge is a dish best served cold. The count would handle revenge the same way as what he his friends in the book is the root of all human wisdom- "Wait and hope."

The Count of Monte Cristo is the 1800s version of a superhero story - you've probably heard of it before. Although in many ways it feels like the origin story of more of a villain in some ways. Just as Bane tells Batman that he was born in the darkness, so was Edmond Dantes and his unending journey to get revenge on those who wrongfully imprison him out of jealousy and greed.

Edmond spends 14 years wrongfully imprisoned, exacting his revenge on those who locked him away in a black cell. Upon escaping the prison he works to dismount the lives of his enemies.
I've heard the book described as being too long but it rarely loses the reader's interest even at over 1200 pages. There's a purpose with developing all the characters and the interweaving of stories in making this a long book, If you want to read a classic work of fiction that has a powerful lesson to be had from it, you can't go wrong with The Count. 

Who is this book for: anyone who feels they are too hot-headed and could benefit from practicing stoicism and patience.

Who this is not for: Anyone without the patience for an extremely long book (but at the same time, this is exactly who needs it most).

"I have only two adversaries - I will not say two conquerors,  for with perseverance I subdue even them, - they are time and distance... What men call the chances of fate- namely, ruin, change, circumstance- I have fully anticipated and if any of these should overtake me, yet it will not overwhelm me."