Alexandre Dumas: Le Chevalier de Sainte Hermine

Ery of this lost final novel by Alexandre Dumas pere certainly had to be the literary find of the year if not the decade and maybe the 20th centuryDumas who wrote voluminously wrote his novel serially that is in installments being paid by the line He cleverly had written into his contracts that he reserved the right to edit those installments into individual novels which were best sellers in their dayDumas died however before his final novel was finished and hence never being edited and published separately was forgotten Dumas was by the time of his death past his prime and the French reading public tended to modern styles and themesClaude Schoop the preeminent Dumas scholar re discovered this final novel in 1990 spending the next dozen. E Dumas lost for 125 years in the archives of the National Library in Paris completes the oeuvre that Dumas imagined at the outset of his literary career Indeed the story of France from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century as Dumas vibrantly retold it in.

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This is one of those books that when you first pick it upit s so heavy you may drop it Knowing what a reat author Dumas was after reading The Count of Monte Cristo I knew that I wouldn t be disappointed There are so many characters in this spun novel that you would think you would et lost in all the detailsbut it couldn t be any further from the truth These characters were so real so awesome that I simply didn t want the story to end When I turned to the last page I was so disappointed that I had nothing else to read By far one of my favorite books Dumas is amazing and there are very few authors that compare I m off to read The Three Musketeers Awesome I wanna read it againthe longer version of course In the future Maybe The discov. Selected as a Top Ten Book of the Year by The Washington Post the newly discovered last novel by the author of The Three Musketeers Rousing big spirited its action sweeping across oceans and continents its hero loriously indomitable the last novel of Alexandr.

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Or so years reconstructing the episodes through published installments drafts and lettersThis sprawling novel is incomplete and certainly hardly the best or most memorable of Dumas worksThe published that agreed to publish the work in 2005 only printed 2000 copies thinking it would only be a curiosity But it became a literary sensation with 60000 printed marking an unexpected revival in interest in Dumas in France UGH Last reat novel this is not This is billed as the adventures of the Count Sainte Hermine yet of the first 275 pages we have probably 10 pages TOTAL that deal with the Count Sainte Hermine s story There is SO much back story and SO many tangents that any hope of a plot has long since crumbled The point where he s descri. His numerous enormously popular novels has long been absent one vital richly historical era the Age of Napoleon But no longer Now dynamically in a tale of family honor and undying vengeance of high adventure and heroic derring do The Last Cavalier fills that

Alexandre Dumas filsAlexandre Dumas père French for father akin to Senior in English born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie was a French writer best known for his numerous historical novels of high adventure which have made him one of the most widely read French authors in the world Many of his novels including The Count of Monte Cristo The Three Musketeers The Man in the Iron Mask and The Vicomte de Bragelonne were serialized Dumas also wrote plays and magazine articles and was a prolific correspondentDumas was of Haitian descent and mixed race His father General Thomas Alexandre Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie was born in the French colony of Saint Domingue present day Haiti to Alexandre Antoine Davy de la Pailleterie a French nobleman and Marie Cessette Dumas a black slave At age 14 Thomas Alexandre was taken by his father to France where he was educated in a military academy and entered the military for what became an illustrious careerDumas's father's aristocratic rank helped young Alexandre Dumas acuire work with Louis Philippe Duke of Orléans then as a writer finding early success He became one of the leading authors of the French Romantic Movement in Paris Excerpted from