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text 2014-02-06 17:51
Reading progress update: I've read 60%.
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betr... The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo - Tom Reiss

English words I did not know and really wish I hadn't looked up while eating: enema.

 

In slightly related news: reading the descriptions of 18th/19th century medicine makes me wonder how anybody survived visiting a doctor at all.

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text 2014-02-03 12:14
Reading progress update: I've read 45%.
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betr... The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo - Tom Reiss

As Dumas charged into town with the new troops at his back, the austrians still outnumbered him - but only about two to one.

 

Well in that case...there's clearly no problem with this situation.

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text 2014-01-29 17:24
Reading progress update: I've read 23%.
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betr... The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo - Tom Reiss

This is the biography of a person about whom not many records exist. There are a couple of things others wrote about him and his son wrote a lot about him in his memoirs but he himself wrote very little about his life.

That obviously makes it hard to write a biography though it can be done. Unfortunately Reiss tries very hard to distract from the fact by giving a lot of background-information about the time Dumas lived in. Again that is not a bad thing. In fact one needs quite a good understanding of how society would treat the son of a white count with his black slave in that time but Reiss goes into a lot of detail. First into Dumas' family-history, then into the situation of slaves in France and the French Colonies at that time, then the French upper class and now we've reached the French Revolution...

At this stage I'm sure we spent more pages on the background than on Dumas himself. (It's not even that it's not interesting*...I just feel mislead as the cover promised a biography of Dumas)

 

 

*except for the bit on the French Revolution. Not that it's boring but I already read Mark Steels' take on it and this book doesn't offer anything new.

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text 2014-01-24 12:04
Reading progress update: I've read 12%.
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betr... The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo - Tom Reiss

The lawyers argued that slavery was immoral, illegal and wors of all anti-French.

 

And we can't have anti-French stuff. That would be horrible.

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