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Tales of the Caucasus - The Ball of Snow and Sultanetta

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Originally published in 1906. Author: Alexandre Dumas Language: English Keywords: Literature Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Obscure Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Paperback, 372 pages
Published February 14th 2006 by Obscure Press (first published 1859)
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May 16, 2010 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dumas was sort of a cross between Stephen King's ability to churn out best-sellers (on an international scale) and Norman Mailer's bravado. He left travel books across what seems like half the world. This book is a record of his 1858 across a Caucasus where the Russians in their forts and cities tried to subjugate the local tribes (Lesghians and Circassians, among others). His fame preceded him and he was received with honors, gifts of muskets, and Cossack escorts; he hunted, went to Russian dan ...more
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Oct 23, 2015 Sarah Furger rated it really liked it
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This is such a silly text. The second novella, Sultanetta, is basically copied from an existing Russian novel and Dumas simply took it. The first, Ball of Snow, is a clear reflection of Dumas' romp through the Caucasus and a collection of tropes. These tropes reflect the huge history of the travel narrative, and this makes this text even more fun to read. Highly enjoyable, 4 stars.
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This note regards Alexandre Dumas, père, the father of Alexandre Dumas, fils (son). For the son, see Alexandre Dumas.

Alexandre 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 no
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