Long out of print in America, Alexandre Dumas’s most daring narrative is now available in this major new translation by Tina A. Kover. Filled with intrigue, romance, and deadly vengeance, Georges is the story of a wealthy mulatto boy who is driven from his island home by racist landowners.... show more
Long out of print in America, Alexandre Dumas’s most daring narrative is now available in this major new translation by Tina A. Kover. Filled with intrigue, romance, and deadly vengeance, Georges is the story of a wealthy mulatto boy who is driven from his island home by racist landowners. Returning to Mauritius as an accomplished young man, Georges pits his strength against a powerful plantation owner, leading a dramatic slave uprising and claiming the heart of a beautiful white woman. Georges stands apart as the only book by Dumas that explores the potent subject of race. Praise for Georges:“A rousing and vivid adventure . . . packed with action and atmosphere.”–The Columbus Dispatch“A remarkable discovery . . . We are indebted to Werner Sollors and Jamaica Kincaid for providing us with a critical lens for the journey Dumas has created out of his own generous and expansive imagination.” –Rudolph P. Byrd, Emory University“As compelling and relevant today as it was back in the 1840s, when it was first published.” –Adrienne Kennedy, author of Funnyhouse of a Negro
Publish date: June 10th 2008
Publisher: Modern Library
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
I dunno. This book is such a complicated morass of internalized racism, straight up racism, and deep insights on racism. I read this book because I've been a long time fan of Dumas, having read Three Musketeers when I was but a tot and being a huge fan of Count of Monte Cristo when I got older. One ...
This is a really complicated, moment-in-history (and moment in an individual author's understanding) look at race in French/English sociey in a colony (Mauritius, although it's pretty generic -- Dumas had never been there). It's very messy. Georges is a superior human being, a mulatto who is of su...
Dumas' only book that deals with issues of race in a straightforward, and at the time somewhat unprecedented, way. I talk a bit about it here http://abouttocharge.wordpress.com/2007/07/10/the-planter-of-the-isle-of-france/ but plan to do a more in-depth review in the future, when I finally get this ...