Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Black Count

I must apologize for being a day late with my blog.  Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy today's thoughts!

I knew that Alexandre Dumas was of mixed race heritage, but only recently learned about his father.  He's profiled in the new release (that's currently on my reading list) entitled The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss.

It's always fun to see what inspires a writer, and here we learn who inspired one of the greatest.  Through historical sleuthing, Tom Reiss has uncovered the life a forgotten hero who was the inspiration for The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.

The real-life protagonist of The Black Count, is General Alex Dumas.  Though almost unknown today, his story is familiar, because his son, the novelist Alexandre Dumas, used it to create some of literature's best loved heroes.

Not only does this book tell of swashbuckling adventures, it reveals a secret: the real hero was the son of a black slave.  He rose higher in the white world than any man of his race would before our current time.

Born in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), Alex Dumas was briefly sold into bondage but made his way to Paris. There, he was schooled as a sword-fighting member of the French aristocracy. After enlisting as a private, he rose to command armies at the height of the Revolution.

This is a fascinating story that I can't wait to read!  Too many books, too little time...

Are you familiar with The Black Count?

Thanks for visiting and have a great week!


Jennette Marie Powell said...

Never heard of The Black Count, but it sounds really interesting!

Old Kitty said...

Heard of Alexander Dumas but not of his ancestry!! Wow!!

Take care

William Kendall said...

I will have to check out the book. I'd heard about this element of the Dumas family some months ago, of course...

Maria McKenzie said...

@Jennette: It does sound interesting!

@Old Kitty: Me too! I was surprised to see he had such an interesting father.

@William: I just found out;)!

Hanny said...

I'm a huge Dumas fan. I can't believe there's a whole story about his father. Thanks for the post!

Maria McKenzie said...

Hi, Hanny! You are so welcome:). Hope you enjoy the book!