The Black Count
June 4, 2013 § Leave a comment
Alexandre Dumas is one of my favourite authors (Count of Monte Cristo, Three Musketeers, among others). In The Black Count by Tom Reiss, we are introduced to the inspiration behind The Count of Monte Cristo. It’s no spoiler to tell you that the man who was the real count was Dumas’s father, General Alexandre Dumas (a name he took when he gave up the wealth and lineage of his own family to join the French army).
Reiss writes a swashbuckling nonfiction tale of the truth behind the General–a man who had grand adventures, became Napoleon’s enemy, was the talk of the town wherever he went, and was, also, black at a time when black men were generally slaves or, when freedmen, never rose above certain ranks. Truly, this is a grand tale and worth reading if you enjoyed Dumas’s work or if you simply enjoy nonfiction adventure tales.
The Black Count : glory, revolution, betrayal, and the real Count of Monte Cristo at DC146 .D83 R46 2012 (4th floor).