Georges: Or, the Isle of France
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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into pri...more
Hardcover, 297 pages
Published December 31st 2008 by Barnes & Noble (first published 1843)
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William
Lots to say a little later..having difficulty with the star rating for this one.

Dumas wrote this one year before his masterpiece Three musketeers and the Count of Monte Christo. He was at the top of his game. So why is this not required reading? It is his only book about race. Dumas was bi-racial, a concept not known in the 1800. He considered himself a mulatto..a class and racial identity similar to the South African "colored". Not white, not Black. He tells a swashbuckling, rip roaring tale h...more
Mmars
Oh dear, why have I never read Dumas before? I guess he didn't fall into my hands at a young age and I just never got around to searching him out. But when one of my GR groups selected Georges, set in the exotic locale of Ile de France, known today as Mauritius, my interest peaked. Oh, how I love discovering something I know nothing about. I even needed to look the place up on Google maps!

And it's okay to use lots of exclamatory remarks in this review. Because this book is over the top with hero...more
Diane
4.5 Stars. Dumas is in a league of his own as a writer. This was yet another beautifully written and brilliantly executed novel by him. I am surprised how few ratings it has received in contrast with some of his better known books. The story was packed with gorgeous prose and thrilling adventure. A true pleasure to read.
Scarlett
I think this book could make an amazing movie.

Georges, the hero who is "mulatto" yet invisible among European society until he chooses to reveal himself, has undeniable star power. I spent the first half of the book marveling at his apparent sexiness. not to mention the supporting characters, love interest, and villain are all equally striking at first glance, as Dumas always ensures.

I can even picture the promotion. for instance, I had no idea that Alexandre Dumas had African heritage until the...more
Zachary
Dumas' shorter adventures, like Georges, aren't nearly as well-known as his longer serialized novels, like The Three Mustketeers. This book seems to have languished in 19th century translations since it was written. Modern Library's new edition (and translation) is an attempt to breath some life into the novel. Georges is an anomaly for 19th century European works, in its focus on race. Georges, our hero, is one quarter African (like Dumas himself), thus fully non-white according to French socia...more
Bonnie
Aug 08, 2010 Bonnie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love classics
Recommended to Bonnie by: Book Lovers' Page-a-Day Calendar
Georges is a WONDERFUL story of swashbuckling, retribution, redemption, romance, ethics (slavery), men of valor, island living (I know that doesn't go with the rest but I love to read books that are based on some tropical isle), etc.

Being a man of color, it is the only book that Dumas writes wherein he visits the race issue.

Can't believe this isn't as popular and well known as other of Dumas' books. Great translation. Loved it! All thumbs up! Oh, and much easier (shorter) read than The Three M...more
Aoife
Georges isn't the only Dumas hero who is larger-than-life and terribly good at everything. (I assume he's not even the only one in adventure-novels from that period in general). Yet he manages to stand out even among those. He's a terrific fencer, the best shoot, all the women want him (but he resists just to prove how much self-control he has), he gambles on three days and wins a huge sum on the last and then – again to show his self-control – he leaves and never returns again. We learn all thi...more
Fiona
Great swashbuckling tale of battles, love, pride, and race relations.

This story takes place in Mauritius (formerly called Ile de France)in the early 1800's. Georges Munier is a mulatto who is sent to live in France and England as a young child. He knows he is weak and spends years on developing strength and character. What resolve he has. His downfall is his pride. He returns to Mauritius as a young man and falls in love with a white woman and the intended bride of his nemesis, Henri de Malmedes...more
najla
having ploughed through the musketeers and all subsequent carnage, this one took me by surprise. there is certainly a gratifying percentage of swashbucklery, a fetching damsel that is secretly butch, but also a half-black protagonist plantation owner who is a kind of underdog robin hood to his own slaves? huh. i know i've said this before, but i so enjoy reading dumas because he makes me love men.
Elijah Kinch Spector
Dumas' only book that deals with issues of race in a straightforward, and at the time somewhat unprecedented, way. I talk a bit about it here http://abouttocharge.wordpress.com/20... but plan to do a more in-depth review in the future, when I finally get this new edition. (I read an older one from the library.)
Samantha
I love Dumas' work and I get very excited when a new translation is released. And this one didn't disappoint. This is the only novel Dumas wrote that approaches the subject of race. Like any other Dumas novel this one is beautifully written and full of action, no swordfighting like I love in the Musketeers novels, but still plenty of action.
Angie
This is a really complicated, moment-in-history (and moment in an individual author's understanding) look at race in French/English sociey in a colony (Mauritius, although it's pretty generic -- Dumas had never been there). It's very messy. Georges is a superior human being, a mulatto who is of superior character to the whites around him. But he is also disdainful of the black slaves on the island -- he finds only one that he calls worth of the title of human. Eeeuuuugh. I guess he comes out as...more
Anna
Another enjoyable classic from the master himself. As a matter of interest, for fans of "The Count of Monte Cristo", have to take a look at these two amazing new sequels to the original, written by the mysterious "Holy Ghost Writer". They are written in the same style as the original, and are equally as gripping. Titled "The Sultan of Monte Cristo" (Book II) http://www.amazon.com/The-Sultan-Mont... and "That Girl Started Her Own Country" (Book III) http://www.amazon.com/STARTED-COUNTRY... Price...more
Matt
One of Dumas' lesser known books, it's apparently his only one where racial prejudice is the main theme, even though Dumas himself was of mixed race, his mother being an afro-caribbean creole. This historical fiction takes place mostly in Mauritius during the 1820's (even though Dumas never visited Mauritius himself), when slavery was still legal and 'mulattos' (like Georges, our hero) were still second-class citizens regardless of wealth or prestige. Written in 1843, the book is most interestin...more
El
This fantastic short novel may feel familiar to readers of Dumas in the way Dumas writes high adventure (swashbuckling-style). But unlike The Three Musketeers or even The Count of Monte Cristo, what makes Georges different is that it is, above all, a novel about race relations.

Georges is the son of a mulatto, much like Dumas himself. Georges witnesses his father's attitude of inferiority amongst whites and vows to live a different sort of life. He does well for himself - he shapes his mind and b...more
Ellen Librarian
A fun read about a swash-buckling mulatto in the 19th century on the island of Mauritius. Although there is lots of action and romance, the book is at heart about race and prejudice - not a common subject in literature from the period.
Jen
Holy crap this book is fun.
It is a story of a mixed race family living on Ile de France (Mauritius today) in the first half of the 19th century. It is full of British finery and tropical splendor. There is love and romance, class wars, sea battles, discussions of the human condition. There's even an f-ing shark attack. And besides being fun, the book is also a very interesting and thought provoking reaction and take on slavery and racial prejudice. The author, Alexandre Dumas, was, himself, a F...more
Alicia Fox
No one writes an adventure story like Dumas. In this one, the main character is 1/4 black (like Dumas was), which is rare for his stuff. Well worth reading.
Sylvester
3.5* I can't understand why this book isn't more popular. It's not nearly as intimidating in size as some of Dumas' others, it's got nothing but action and intrigue - oh, and a little romance for those who have to have it - not to mention the fact that A. Dumas' grandmother was a black slave, and so this character could possibly be the most personal and heroic of all his amazing creations. I haven't as yet read any of Dumas' larger works, but "Georges" has clearly shown it's author's wonderful s...more
Raro de Concurso
Entretenido libro de Dumas, que parece un ensayo de lo que será un año más tarde, una de sus mejores novelas: El Conde de Montecristo.
En este caso Edmundo Dantés es un joven mulato, que vuelve a su isla natal para luchar contra los prejuicios raciales. Supuestamente de tintes autobiográficos o basados en su vida, ya que Dumas era mulato también.
De trama ágil, mezcla con gran maestría aventuras, amores, venganzas, piratas, combates marítimos y esclavitud. Todo ello en un marco exótico como lo es...more
Lauren Hu
Georges was a work typical of Dumas. The characters were brave and honorable and the women beautiful and dutiful. The book had some grand naval battles, marked in a way that reminded me of a French version of Horatio Hornblower. The plot was never terribly well organized though and there were moments when I wished they would go more into the relations between some of the other characters a bit more. All in all though it was an enjoyable read- just not such a work of art that I would immediately...more
Fsiemsen
Dumas is so good with plot plot plot. This is a very exciting read and a very edgy book, considering when it was written and its subject matter. Because it is a shorter Dumas book, and has complicated subject matter, I think the themes (particularly) and characters are a bit underdeveloped, but it didn't matter that much to me, because I was carried away with the action and the concept. Very much so worth a gander, it's amazing that this exists.
Pandora
It was an excellent book that moved very fast. The last quarter of the book was hard to put down as the sitution for Geroges was very dicey. The issue of race and slavery was complex and it was intresting to read Dumas' views. Side note when Dumas says Creole he is not talking about mixed race people but, instead is refereing to the white French who are born on the Islands. I was reading this on a Kindle and missed the endnote that explained this.
Matt
métis Edmond Dantès fights racism in 19th century Mauritius.

a bit of an odd one, this: on one hand, Dumas takes on the injustices of institutional racism. on the other hand, the racial stereotypes tend to be rather.....crude, to put it mildly.

otherwise, nothing but the best swashbuckling high adventure, as would be expected from the uncontested master of swashbuckling high adventure.
Kami
Dumas is a fantastic writer. He creates beautiful literature. This book is well written, has great characters and kept my attention, after a few chapters I couldn't put it down. However, I did not like the main character very well and had a hard time with the way he solved his problem and treated his enemies. Not my favorite. There would be a lot to discuss though.
Kate Robinson
True love, lifelong prejudice, slave revolts, pirate ships, daring rescues on the way to the scaffold, jungle hideaways, shark attacks... I mean Dumas packed it all in to the 300 pages of this novel. Totally 'swash-buckling.'

I really enjoyed this book. Dumas is just so much damn fun. Ridiculously heavy on plot, but then again, that is why you read him.
Peter
Aside from containing the types of characters and plot readers of "The Three Musketeers" would expect from a Dumas novel, this story also provides a snapshot of both the progressive racial attitudes of the mid-19th century and the limitations of those attitudes. Reads like a screenplay; plenty of action crammed into a reasonably short read.
Simon
Feb 27, 2008 Simon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Simon by: Tina
Shelves: fiction
A rip-snorting, swash-buckling, lushly romantic adventure yarn in an exotic setting which nonetheless manages to tackle some weighty subjects (racism and colonialism). I'll admit to feeling a little let down by the ending (which I won't spoil here) which I felt didn't really resolve some of the questions the book had raised.
kasia
Actually 3.5 stars. It's a fairly standard adventure story, and though entertaining, it's not as good as his others. There's an added interest though, because it's Dumas' only novel that deals with race, which it treats in pretty fascinating ways.
Christopher
Lesser known Dumas book, but the only one that addresses racial issues. The main character is a mulatto from the islands, like Dumas's father. Good read, interesting insight into the French Indies.
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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...more
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