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My Memoirs - Volume 4

Alexandre Dumas

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. . .more they are probed the more they are proved to be true. Alphonse Karr was, in those days, a handsome young man of twenty-two or twenty-three, with regular features set in a frame of dark hair; he had adopted an eccentric form of dress, which he has always adhered to; he was extremely well made, strong physically, and an adept at all gymnastic exercises, especially at swimming and fencing. During the year 1829, when bathing in the Marne, he had rescued a cuirassier from drowning. The man was heavy and nearly as strong as Karr himself, so that it almost happened that, instead of Karr saving the cuirassier, the cuirassier drowned Karr. The act made sufficient of a stir for Karr to receive a medal from the Government, and I have occasionally seen him wear it. This medal was, in the hands of wags, the source of endless gibes, which Karr's reputation for bravery maintained, it is true, within the bounds of propriety, but which was never exhausted. There was no precedent for t. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Great book

I read this book just after I finished The Count of Monte Cristo. His memoirs were a great read by themselves, but really added to my knowledge of Dumas and my appreciation of the Monte Cristo book. Very much enjoyed both of them.

Azért kevés olyan beszélő név van az irodalomban, mint éppen Dumas-é. Ez a könyv önéletrajznak látszik, de valójában egy olyan Dumas-regény, aminek véletlenül éppen Dumas a főszereplője, aki lobbanékony vidéki D'Artagnanként mindenféle gáláns és kevésbé gáláns kalandba keveredik, közben pedig jó sok

There is much more to the man who brought us the Three Musketeers. Dumas lived a life found in his novels. A fatherless scalawag who charmed his way to success. He took risks, hobnobbed with the likes of Hugo and stage celebrities of the time. Hardly educated, his plays reached new levels of art, an