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Georges: Or, the Isle of France

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  341 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
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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Dumas has done it again!

Here we meet Georges Munier a Mulatto who's soul ambition is to get revenge on the white men who scorned him and his father and so many others for centuries. In particular Heni who scarred him as a child. Georges despises the treatment of slaves, yet he himself views himself racially superior to the slaves. Which I'll admit made it hard for me to like him. But, he is unquestionably full of good ideals at least as long as he lets his pride lie dormant. Everything comes bac
Three and a half stars, rounded up to a four. Not quite as good as the The Count of Monte Cristo but an amazing story and if you loved the Count you should read this one too.

Published the year before Dumas started The Count of Monte Cristo, Georges has many of the same elements that make the Count such fun: melodrama, adventure, romance, exotic settings, and a fascinating central character. Bucklers swash gloriously: Sea battles, slave rebellions, a fight to the death with a killer shark (rescu
Aug 19, 2011 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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

Not all books are created equal. In this particular work's case, we have a 134 year difference between the time of composition and the time of publication in a certain land of the free, as well as a concerted effort by readers far and wide to forget that the author is black. Add in a slave rebellion as subject material and a main character who happens to be mulatto, and you have a recipe for the sort of obfuscation that leads people to believe that The Book of Night Women could have not bee
Tejas Janet
Feb 29, 2016 Tejas Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book by Dumas I have read, and I expect I'll be back for more, especially his The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo. Good story telling evoking elements of the larger than life, romantic heroism of classic epic literature. Dumas' writing is written in a smoothly flowing, seemingly effortless style. The plot is simple, but the writing is masterful tho the stereotyping of groups of people throughout is awkward. However, in my opinion, this aspect actually serves to c ...more
Jul 24, 2014 Mmars rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Adam Spunberg
Oct 28, 2014 Adam Spunberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Count of Monte Cristo has long been my favorite book of all time, and as an adolescent, I hungrily pawed through all the Musketeers books as well. So, when I found out Alexandre Dumas had written a book that somewhat resembled The Count of Monte Cristo, yet also featured the semi-autobiographical slant of a biracial hero battling prejudice, it was a no-brainer for me to pick up Georges at the local library.

In much the way Peter Jackson's Hobbit films are solid, but not quite as exceptional a
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
Sep 18, 2008 Zachary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
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
Aug 08, 2010 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
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
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.
Jun 13, 2015 Alfredo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: histórica
Agregarle subtítulos a las novelas sin el consentimiento de sus autores siempre es complicado. En el mejor de los casos, se corre el riesgo de hacer evidente algo que el pergeñador del texto hubiera querido dejar un tanto velado. En el peor, es posible decir un disparate e indicar algo que no aparece en la obra. Y que, por lo mismo, fue dejado de lado por el que la escribió que, se supone, tiene buena idea de lo que ha hecho y dicho.

Este es el caso de Georges. La novela contra la esclavitud, a l
Aug 09, 2007 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007
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.
Diana Skelton
It is quite interesting to discover that Dumas also wrote this book about a hero who, like Dumas himself, had a bi-racial heritage. The character's pridefulness is so overbearing that I kept wishing for a Jane Austen-ish character to show up and start taking him to task over it.
The ending is both dramatic and ironic. For lovers of swashbuckling adventures, this book should probably rate a fourth star because it does indeed have action. (In one particularly cinematic scene, one character swings
Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder
CNF @ 30% ch 8 last chapter completed.

I enjoy reading 19 C literature and when I do, I make a conscious effort to "check my 21 C sensibilities at the door."

This book is too much for me.

Elijah Kinch Spector
Dumas' only book that deals with issues of race in a straightforward, and at the time somewhat unprecedented, way.
Missy J

This is the only novel in which Dumas (who is of a quarter African descent) deals with the issue of race. The story is set in Mauritius, even though Dumas had never even set foot on the island. The main protagonist Georges is a mulatto, who after 14 years of education and travel abroad, returns to his home islang to get revenge and punish the Whites on the island, who look down at him and his family simply because they are not completely white. Oh, and Georges also wants to marry a white woman.
Jul 25, 2014 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-a-bookclub
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
Nov 06, 2012 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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) and "That Girl Started Her Own Country" (Book III) Price ...more
May 30, 2011 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Not Dumas's most enjoyable work, but one of his more significant. Dumas's maternal grandmother was a black woman. However, Georges is his only book that deals with his heritage. Considering how few platforms there were for POCs to be heard at the time, this book is an incredibly important document.
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.
Dec 27, 2012 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Alicia Fox
Jul 25, 2014 Alicia Fox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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.
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
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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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