The Black Count

The Black Count

Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

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By the author of the internationally bestselling biography The Orientalist, The Black Count brings to life one of history's great forgotten heroes: a man almost unknown today yet with a personal story that is strikingly familiar. His swashbuckling exploits appear in The Three Musketeers, and his triumphs and ultimate tragic fate inspired The Count of Monte Cristo. His name is Alex Dumas. Father of the novelist Alexandre Dumas, Alex has become, through his son's books, the model for a captivating modern protagonist: the wronged man in search of justice. Born to a black slave mother and a fugitive white French nobleman in Saint-Domingue (present-day Haiti), Alex Dumas was briefly sold into bondage but then made his way to Paris where he was schooled as a sword-fighting member of the French aristocracy. He was only 32 when he was given command of 53,000 men, the reward for series of triumphs that many regarded as impossible, and then topped his previous feats by leading a raid up a frozen cliff face that secured the Alps for France. It was after his subsequent heroic service as Napoleon's cavalry commander that Dumas was captured and cast into a dungeon--and a harrowing ordeal commenced that inspired one of the world's classic works of fiction. The Black Count is simultaneously a riveting adventure story, a lushly textured evocation of 18th-century France, and a window into the modern world's first multi-racial society. But it is also a heartbreaking story of the enduring bonds of love between a father and son.
Publisher: [New York] : Books on Tape, 2012
ISBN: 9780449012703
0449012700
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 sound file (13 hr., 30 min., 25 sec.) : digital
Additional Contributors: Michael, Paul (Actor)

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IV27HUjg
Jan 31, 2017

Interesting family history. I have been so far off the pronunciation of this name for years, as are many. Certainly have loved Man in the Iron Mask.

AL_LESLEY Nov 17, 2016

Who knew that Dumas' Daddio was a super general and was a great influence on his son's writings? This is a well written and well read look into the French Revolution and aftermath from the particular viewpoint of race politics. Napoleon just ruined everything but Dumas got some awesome fodder for his books from the trials of his father.

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bgreen_07
Jun 23, 2015

I would highly recommend this book. Tom Reiss went to a lot of trouble to find the information on Alexandre Dumas and the history gleaned from this is fascinating!! This is a book that I could re-read over and over.

Johna A Large Jun 21, 2014

This is the captivating true story of the grandfather of writer Alexandre Dumas, aka The Black Count. Born in San Domingue to a white father and a black woman. We discover that many of the extreme adventures the Black Count lived, writer Dumas recycles into his own fictional works. Fascinating history of slavery, racial mores, and the era of the French Revolution.

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hmcgivney
Mar 22, 2013

General Alex Dumas was a man with great timing, and then terrible timing. An extraordinary man who managed to live through the time (French Revolution) where his mixed race didn't keep him from advancing, and then the Napoleonic era when it suddenly did matter again. His son, the novelist, seemed to think he could do no wrong, and used many of the events in Dumas Sr.'s life as inspiration for his novels. Much of the book was very interesting, though there were some parts that lagged a bit. I especially appreciated the insights into the French Revolution, the disarray of the post-revolution bureaucracy and its views about spreading the revolution to other countries.

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