Rousing, big, spirited, its action sweeping across oceans and continents, its hero gloriously indomitable, the last novel of Alexandre 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 vib...more
Dumas, 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 day.
Dumas died, however, before his final novel was finished, and hence, n ...more
Dumas adds a lot of historical background information about t ...more
Final, unfinished novel. Third in a trilogy revolving around Napoleon's rise to power, the schemes surrounding both his supporters and those opposing him.
I read all three novels in this trilogy. This book is my favorite as it includes history of Nelson, India/Burma and Italy.
The disappointment is Dumas' death before he finished. However, reading the Introduction *after* reading the novel, there is wonderful reconstruction of what happens to the title character and educated guesses of ...more
All of the romantic elements are there, and the voyage is one of Dumas' greatest as you walk along side with Napoleon, Nelson, into the raw jungles of Burma, and wait ever patiently for true love to be validated as was fore told by the fortune teller - yet it is not, we are left hanging.
The Count Sainte-Hermine embodies all of the heroic elements that makes Dumas' men so grand and larger than life. He reinforces the humbl ...more
from hurried carriage ride chance encounter with Napoléon Bonaparte following Waterloo sets high adventure . spoiler alert isn't galley slave rubbish .. yet, le Comte de sainte-Hermine earns spurs in novel .
encore prison setting like the count of Monte Crist ...more
First of all it's taking ages before the main character finally shows up, and later he ...more
The first hundred pages of this book is retelling of the events of the first two novels. Many chapters are basically copied and pasted from those books but with few alterations. The Whites and the Blues left couple of plot threads hanging and those threads are resolved and integrated with the portion that retells The Compani ...more
well, just finished it (finally) and really thought this book would never end. It's interesting but it's very repetitive; the heroes keep having the same battles and adventures over and over again. It feels like Dumas just loved this character so much (once he finally introduces ...more
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 h ...more