I’ve never been a person who reads books for the author because for me only content matters, but Alexander Dumas is without doubt among my favorite authors.
Until a few months ago The Three Musketeers was my favorite book, but ever since reading The Count of Monte Cristo, I’ve been feeling ambivalent.
I love The Three Musketeers because of all the action, the politics, and the chivalry. On the flip side I really enjoyed The Count of Monte Cristo because it had a deeper message which I feel The Three Musketeers lacks.
A Brief Biography of Alexandre Dumas…
Born in 1802, Alexandre Dumas was the son of Thomas-Alexander Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie who was a famous general of mixed-race in Napoleon’s army. Alexandre’s father died when he was young, so his mother raised him, along with his two sisters. He did not receive a formal education, but was an avid reader, and after the restoration of the monarchy in 1822, he went to Paris and secured employment in the Palais Royal. This was when he began writing, his first works being plays. Following his initial success, Dumas published more and more novels. Unfortunately, Dumas was pursued by angry creditors and disliked by the new French president, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, which forced him to flee to Brussels. He later travelled to Italy, and finally returned to Paris. Retiring to a place near his birthplace, Dumas took his last breath in 1870. Throughout his life Dumas dealt with racism due to his mixed race and this influenced some of his writings such as his short novel Georges.
Some writings of Dumas that I wish to read in the future:
- The Fencing Master: It takes place in nineteenth century Russia, and as a huge fan of War and Peace, this excites me.
- The Black Tulip: Anything about tulips is fascinating. After all, they are the only flowers in the world that managed to ruin an entire nation’s economy.
- The Knight of Sainte-Hermine: It was Dumas’ last major work, and it takes place during the rise of Napoleonic Empire. Plus it promises a lot of action, the main theme being vengeance.