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Асканио by Alexandre Dumas
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Jul 07, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: re-read, 2009, own, fiction, read_in_russian, alexandre_dumas, favorites
Recommended for: Dumas fans
Read in September, 2009

This is a re-read; first read about fifteen years ago. I remembered vividly the scene of the taking of the Great Nesle Castle, but had forgotten the glory of the story that followed. This is such a wonderful historical novel. You have adventure; you have intrigue; you have romance (innocent and lovely (Ascanio and Colombe), contrasted by the selfish love that satisfies but the cold, cruel heart (Duchess D'Etampes -- To win your heart I would sacrifice France!); you have revenge; you have the art. The scene of casting of statue Jupiter alone is breathtaking! Benvenuto Cellini is unbreakable (and a remarkable man in this novel; the novel, itself, is largely based on his autobiography); Ascanio too much in love to see the evil around him; Colombe too innocent; Jacques Aubry a comical relief to the intense drama; Duchess D’Etampes very evil; the novel – very lush! Dumas rarely disappoints, and this is one of his best novels.
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