French Press Classics

Heroes, adventure, duels, the high seas, and of course love. These french classics have it all, and their literary mastery are well admired. I have a soft spot for epic tales and romanticism, and I hold these three among favorites.

Here are my favorite French presses:

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas’ epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first serialized in the 1840s.

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chocolat-chaud-ouvertureBook Bean: Chocolat l’ancienne
Rich and decadent melted dark chocolate poured into cups, and served alongside it’s own separate dish of fresh whipped cream. So thick and creamy, I’ll have mine with Un café  please!

Les Misérables by Victore Hugo
Published in 1862 and considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. Within this dramatic story are themes that capture the intellect and the emotions: crime and punishment, the relentless persecution of Valjean by Javert, the desperation of Fantine, the amorality of the rogue Thénardier, and the universal desire to escape the prisons of our own minds. A beautiful and haunting story that many can relate to and easily fall in love with. It is a richly complex emotional tale of good vs. evil and true redemption.
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Book Bean: Un café
A coffee, plain and simple, but not as we would have in the U.S. Order “Un Café”  and you will get a small cup of plain strong espresso.


 The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
An adventurous tale of the young man d’Artagnan. Leaving home to travel to Paris, d’Artagnan wishes to join the Musketeers of the Guard. He is not one of the musketeers of the title but befriends Athos, Porthos and Aramis (inseparable friends who live by the motto “all for one, one for all.”) This motto which is first put forth by d’Artagnan, has become a most well known and loved signet. This a historical fiction full of memorable adventure and characters.

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Book Bean: Cafè au Lait
A coffee with hot milk added (In comparison to the Itallian caff
è latte.) In the U.S.  a café au lait is a drink of strong drip coffee or French pressed coffee, to which steamed milk is added.


Auguste Maquet was a French author, best known as the chief collaborator of French novelist Alexandre Dumas,  co-writing such works as
The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.

Fun Fact: Les Misérables as a whole is one of the longest ever written, with approximately 1,500 pages in unabridged English-language editions, and 1,900 pages in French. 

Do you have a favorite french classic, and/or a favorite french author?


58 thoughts on “French Press Classics

  1. I love Alexandre Dumas. The two books you mentioned are terrific…have you read the whole series with the Musketeers because they are all great? Full of character, life and historical intrigue.

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  3. I’ve been wanting to read The Count of Monte Cristo for so long. Would you recommend the Penguin Classics unabridged version or is there a more “portable version”? The book was huge, and I prefer smaller books with smaller print if possible. Thank you so much for the list!


  4. I first met these novels through “Classics Illustrated” and “The International Collector’s Library” and enjoyed all three. Although the only one now in our family library is The Franklin Library edition of “The Three Musketeers,” I certainly recommend all three for great hard-to-put-down reading.

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  6. Wonderful classics. Thérèse Raquin by Emile Zola is also very good. So many great French writers. A more recent French novelist I discovered is Muriel Barbery who write The Elegance of the Hedgehog.

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  7. Love the way you integrated the coffee into the post like this – so cool- and les mis is my favorite – however – after reading this post I think I might want to check out the three musketeers!

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  8. Love French Press coffee and the French Novel. I think I should bring out the French press more often, I only use it when I’m camping, maybe that will be my caffeine source for my late night tonight.

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  9. Bonsoir
    Vois-tu l’amitié est la plus belle des pensées avec l’amour
    Cet Amitié entre nous et un petit mot
    Qui veux dire tant de choses
    Mon petit passage pour te souhaiter
    une agréable soirée
    Je t’envoie une pluie de tendresse
    Sur un nuage de bisous parfumés
    Profite bien ,,, Bernard

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  10. Reblogged this on John's Notes and commented:
    I like how Abbie often pairs her book reviews with coffee. I have to admit that I do spend a lot of my reading hours with a cup in hand.

    I’ve read both The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers, as well as a few other of Dumas’ books. I found them interesting, but not exactly edge of your seat material. But then time changes a lot.


  11. @”Do you have a favorite french classic, and/or a favorite french author?” – of course, lots of them… Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Verlaine, Balzac, Dumas, Maupassant, Camus, St-Exupéry, Simone de Beauvoir, etc, etc… 🙂

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  12. Monte-Cristo is definitely one of the greatest books ever written. Read it twice.
    I’m pondering re-reading the three musketters again but that would mean re-reading “Twenty years after”, and above all “The Vicount of Bragelonne”. 6 volumes… Your comment about the number of pages of les Misérables is funny: english is so much shorter than French. When we were asked to perform a 20 minutes english market research interview in French, we always counted 30-35 minutes…

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