Thursday, May 10, 2012
the black count review
"The Black Count:Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo" by Tome Reiss is a non-fictional geneology account of Alexandre Dumas, the author. Never heard of him? How about the three mustketeers? aaah! Now you know what I am talking about. Reiss tells the story of Dumas and the two generations before him, sharing the history of the times, culture, and racial problems of the era. Dumas' father, Count Alex Dumas was half black during a time when slavery was the way of life. He was also half white and the product of nobility. This book also tells the complete history of France. Well, not complete, but it feels like it. This is a really long book. I know little about French history. I know a little about the French Revolution through movies. This clears up any mystery that one might have. The format was a little hard to follow in the kindle. The footnotes came at random on the kindle making it read like notes at times. Otherwise it is well written and interesting. I received this book for free from http://www.abovethetreeline.com/.