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The Black Count

Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
Reiss, Tom (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Black Count

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Explores the life and career of Thomas Alexandre Dumas, a man almost unknown today, but whose swashbuckling exploits appear in The three musketeers and whose trials and triumphs inspired The count of Monte Cristo.
Authors: Reiss, Tom
Title: The Black Count
glory, revolution, betrayal, and the real Count of Monte Cristo
Publisher: New York : Crown Pub., c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 414 p. : map ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue, part 1 : February 26, 1806
Prologue, part 2 : January 25, 2007
The sugar factory
The Black Code
Norman Conquest
"No one is a slave in France"
Americans in Paris
Black Count in the City of Light
A queen's dragoon
Summers of revolution
"Regeneration by blood"
"The black heart also beats for liberty"
"Mr. Humanity"
The battle for the top of the world
The bottom of the Revolution
The siege
The Black Devil
Leader of the expedition
"The delirium of his republicanism"
Dreams on fire
Prisoner of the Holy Faith Army
"Citizeness Dumas...is worried about the fate of her husband"
The dungeon
Wait and hope
The forgotten statue.
Summary: Explores the life and career of Thomas Alexandre Dumas, a man almost unknown today, but whose swashbuckling exploits appear in The three musketeers and whose trials and triumphs inspired The count of Monte Cristo.
ISBN: 9780307382467
Statement of Responsibility: Tom Reiss
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [387]-403) and index
Subject Headings: Dumas, Thomas Alexandre, 1762-1806 Generals France Biography France. Armée Biography HISTORY / Europe / France BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical France History, Military 1789-1815 Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870 Family
Topical Term: Generals
HISTORY Europe France
LCCN: 2012017633
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Jun 24, 2013
  • PennPal rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wonderful read
Words, pages, thoughts flowed past
Filled in aspects of French history, social history and art that somehow I had missed, forgotten or never really understood.
Great story at the same time

Jun 20, 2013
  • Dejascribe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A wonderfully written look at the little known history behind the Count of Monte Cristo author and his larger than life father/hero.

Nov 30, 2012
  • adagarcon rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"So often when one has discusses Dumas "pere" & "fils", the conversation seldom segues into the realm of their progenitor. That's why Reiss' "Black Count" is a nice respite from the normal conversational ebbs and flows. Make no mistake, this is book does not rehash of the Count of Monte Cristo. However, it is a detailed biographical account of the life and times of Alexandre Davy Dumas. Romantics, will delight in the series of intimate letters exchanged between the Dumas and his wife. After finising the book, the exchanges still managed to stand out in my mind and quite possibly hint where Davy Dumas' future bloodline recieved their litteral footnotes. Also, History Buffs take hold.

"If you've ever wondered where the 19th-century French novelist Alexandre Dumas learned to swashbuckle, biographer Tom Reiss has the answer in The Black Count. The novelist's father, known as Alex, was born in 1762 on the island of Santo Domingo to a black slave and a French aristocrat, who later brought his son to France. Alex rose through the ranks in the French Army and eventually served in Napoleon's Egyptian campaign. However, he was captured by enemies, languished in prison, and died before his son was four. Alexandre idolized his father and used parts of his life's story in his novels, including The Count of Monte Cristo." Biography and Memoir Newsletter November 2012 http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=571059

Oct 12, 2012
  • BertBailey rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This review (http://www.literaryreview.co.uk/keates_09_12.php) gives it a 5-star rating, fwtw.

Oct 05, 2012
  • dontbugmeimreading rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I love the Count of Monte Cristo so I thought that this would be a good read. I was disappointed. This book was so dry I couldn't make it past chapter 2. I think I got a condensed version of the book from the 2 prologues.


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