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My Memoirs - Volume 5

Alexandre Dumas

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Chodruc-Duclos was born at Sainte-Foy, near Bordeaux. He would be about forty-eight when the Revolution of July took place; he was tall and strong and splendidly built; his beard hid features that must have been of singular beauty; but he used ostentatiously to display his hands, which were always very clean. By right of courage, if not of skill, he was looked upon as the principal star of that Pleiades of duellists which flourished at Bordeaux, during the Empire, under the[Pg 73] title of les Crânes (Skulls). They were all Royalists. MM. Lercaro, Latapie and de Peyronnet were said to be Duclos' most intimate friends. These men were also possessed of another notable characteristic: they never fought amongst themselves. Duclos was suspected of carrying on relations with Louis XVIII. in the very zenith of the Empire, and was arrested one morning in his bed by the Chief of the Police, Pierre-Pierre. He was taken to Vincennes, where he was kept a prisoner until 1814. Se. . . 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