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  • Author:
    Alexandre Dumas,Werner Sollors,Tina Kover,Jamaica Kincaid
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    Modern Library; Translation edition (May 1, 2007)
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Tina A. Kover has worked as a translator in the United States and Europe for more than ten years.

Tina A. Her first literary translation, George Sand’s The Black City, was published in 2004. Werner Sollors teaches African American studies, English, and comparative literature at Harvard University.

Jamaica Kincaid is the acclaimed author of many books, including Annie John, A Small Place, and Lucy

Tina A. Jamaica Kincaid is the acclaimed author of many books, including Annie John, A Small Place, and Lucy. She lives in Vermont.

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Home of the Modern Library, renowned publisher of classics, chronicles, essential writings, and translations. Georges stands apart as the only book by Dumas that explores the potent subject of race. 2. As Werner Sollors points out in his Introduction, Alexandre Dumas never visited the île de France in his lifetime; his grandmother, however, had been a slave on Haiti, an island with similar mixed demographics and the site of history’s most famous slave rebellion. Why do you think Dumas did not choose to set his novel there?

Georges stands apart as the only book by Dumas that explores the potent subject of race. 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

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.

Georges stands apart as the only book by Dumas that explores the potent subject of race

Georges stands apart as the only book by Dumas that explores the potent subject of race. The Columbus Dispatch. A remarkable discovery. 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.

Georges is a novel by Alexandre Dumas, père set on Isle de France (Mauritius), from 1810 to 1824 A Bibliography of Alexandre Dumas père.

Georges is a novel by Alexandre Dumas, père set on Isle de France (Mauritius), from 1810 to 1824. This novel is of particular interest to scholars because Dumas reused many of the ideas and plot devices later in The Count of Monte Cristo, and because race and racism are at the center of this novel, and this was a topic on which Dumas, despite his part-African ancestry, rarely wrote. Georges was first published in 1843. A Bibliography of Alexandre Dumas père.

Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870; Kover, Tina A; Sollors, Werner

Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870; Kover, Tina A; Sollors, Werner. Yet it stands apart as the only book Dumas ever wrote that confronts the subject of race - a potent topic, since Dumas was of African ancestry himself.

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Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Brilliantly translated by Tina A. Kover in lively, fluid prose, this is Dumas’s most daring work, in which his themes of intrigue and romance are illuminated by the issues of racial prejudice and the profound quest for identity. Georges Munier is a sensitive boy growing up in the nineteenth century on the island of Mauritius. Yet it stands apart as the only book Dumas ever wrote that confronts the subject of race–a potent topic, since Dumas was of African ancestry himself.

A major new translation of a stunning rediscovered novel by Alexandre Dumas, Georges is a classic swashbuckling adventure. Brilliantly translated by Tina A. Kover in lively, fluid prose, this is Dumas’s most daring work, in which his themes of intrigue and romance are illuminated by the issues of racial prejudice and the profound quest for identity.Georges Munier is a sensitive boy growing up in the nineteenth century on the island of Mauritius. The son of a wealthy mulatto, Pierre Munier, Georges regularly sees how his father’s courage is tempered by a sense of inferiority before whites–and Georges vows that he will be different. When Georges matures into a man committed to “moral superiority mixed with physical strength,” the stage is set for a conflict with the island’s rich and powerful plantation owner, Monsieur de Malmédie, and a forbidden romance with Sara, the beautiful woman engaged to Malmédie’s son. Swordplay, a slave rebellion, a harrowing escape, and a vow of vengeance–Georges is unmistakably the work of the master who wrote The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo. Yet it stands apart as the only book Dumas ever wrote that confronts the subject of race–a potent topic, since Dumas was of African ancestry himself.This edition also features a captivating Introduction by Jamaica Kincaid and an eloquent Afterword and Notes by Werner Sollors, who addresses key themes such as colonialism, racism, African slavery, and interracial intimacy.Long out of print in America, Georges can now be appreciated as never before and added to the greatest works of this immortal author.

Nidor
I truly enjoyed this book/translation. I am at a loss as to why this book by Dumas was so relatively difficult to find. While not autobiographical, I came to the impression that given the focus of race in Georges, Dumas used this work to address some of his feelings about his potential multi-racial background.
I heartily recommend Georges. I recommend reading the lengthy introduction discussing Dumas' background. All of this somewhat dry discussion here shouldn't scare you away from reading this action and adventure-filled tale that has enjoyment for readers at all levels.
shustrik
I have been a big fan of Alexander Dumas ever since I first read an abridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo back in high school. I followed that up a couple of years ago with an unabridged version of the same novel, which I now consider my favorite novel of all time, and with the first two volumes of the d'Artagnan series, which is also excellent. However, I've been reluctant to start any other works by Dumas recently mainly because most are extremely long and I haven't had much free time, so I immediately one-clicked a copy of Georges once I stumbled upon this little gem. At less than 300 pages, it presented a much less imposing option versus continuing the d'Artagnan series (which I will do at some point), and I'm glad I picked it up.

Georges follows the exploits of the young mulatto Georges Munier and is set on the Ile de France, a small French (and later English) colony located in the Indian Ocean. While the population of Ile de France is racially diverse, it is not exactly tolerant, as the economy is based upon slavery and the large mulatto (and other free non-white) population can never achieve the upper echelon of society (can't marry a white woman, can't attend certain social events, can't march with the white regiments into battle, etc.). Georges, after his father sends him to Europe as a young teenager in order to complete his education, returns to Ile de France as a young man in his twenties in order to undertake the Quixotic task of eradicating prejudice from the island - a task which he is determined to either accomplish or die trying.

I won't get into the plot in any more detail in order to avoid spoiling any of it, but the novel is very enjoyable, although it could have used a bit more swashbuckling action. The characters are well crafted, with the vindictive young Georges very much resembling the somewhat more developed Edmond Dantes (Georges was released one year before The Count, and from reading both I get the impression Dumas experimented with the character in Georges before perfecting and recasting it as Dantes, although for all I know the release dates may not coincide with the timing of when the bulk of each was written, so I could be completely wrong). Georges' character doesn't quite achieve the depth of the excellent Dantes or d'Artagnan, but that's a given due to the much shorter length of this novel. The real antagonist isn't a man but rather an idea (prejudice), and Dumas does a good, though not quite perfect, job of personifying this via the characters it embodies.

The translation, in my opinion, is pretty good. I don't speak French and haven't read any other translations of this work so I can't give a very good review of the translation, other than to say it is easy to read yet for the most part it doesn't lose too much of the "feel" of the 19th century French speaking civilization. The writing itself isn't quite as enthralling as some of the other Dumas works I've read, although I can't say whether this is due to the translation or the original work.

In short - if you haven't yet discovered Dumas, read The Count of Monte Cristo or The Three Musketeers (in unabridged form!). If, on the other hand, you're already familiar with Dumas' writing and are merely wondering whether Georges lives up to the standards of his better known works, or if you don't have the guts to undertake a 1,000+ page tome, then I would whole heartedly recommend picking this up. For the latter group, reading Georges is by far a preferable option to reading an abridged (read: gutted) version of one of his longer works.

In my opinion, Georges isn't *quite* as good as the two works mentioned elsewhere in this review, but it's pretty damn good nonetheless. If half stars were allowed I'd give Georges 4.5 stars, as I consider it excellent though not quite perfect.
Onath
Another exciting adventure by an author I regard as one of the best! Has a lot of similarity to my all -time favorite “The Count of Monte Cristo,” also by Dumas, e.g., the swaggering comeback and revenge. The rebel rousing ending was a pleasant surprise! Georges’ confrontation of racism and prejudice is in true Alexander Dumas style. A short read in comparison to his other works, but just as stimulating.
Nalme
Great hidden gem. Alexandre Dumas sure told it like it was. I love it that he was kinda ahead of his time eh. ;). Authors today are good at hiding thier "xpertise", but are just copying/plagiarising authors of his era & earlier. Sad & pitiful -;(. It ain't an accident why they are not heard of at all.
Oppebro
I was not aware of Dumas' heritage until I read this book. The book is very well written and captures the plight of the black man in the 19th century.
Velan
Great work by Alexandre Dumas.
Wymefw
Have not read yet but this work by Dumas is not well known & diffcult to find. Glad I got it.
Dumas gives us a swashbuckling adventure set in the colony of Ile de France. What makes this novel intriguing - and why we read it today - is the title character's mixed racial heritage, an added dimension that sets this book a notch above standard adventure fare. As a study in racial prejudice, and how one exemplary young man attempts to deal with that prejudice, Dumas has given us a powerful document, almost a blueprint for living in a multiracial society: family first, be true to yourself, and be the very best that you can possibly be.

But as entertainment this reviewer found the book somewhat lacking. Perhaps too much is made of what an amazing young man Georges Munier is - it's hard to identify with someone who's so perfect in every way. And certainly the pace of this book is problematic; the first half of the book was painfully slow, then the second half almost seemed to move too quickly. Yes, there's no shortage of adventure: a horse race, a prison break, a native uprising, a wedding, a betrayal, an execution, a sea battle, surprisingly little man to man swordplay... but without the emotional engagement that should have made us really care about the characters, this reviewer felt the book fell a little flat. The easy-to-read prose of this translation makes it accessible enough for young people, but not all will find it much to their liking. Highly recommended for students of the history of race relations. For casual readers: 3.5 stars.

A note on the cover of the hardback edition: a very dark-faced Georges is shown holding hands with two white women, although Dumas makes it pretty clear that Georges is actually light-colored enough to "pass". One presumes this cover was designed to emphasize Georges' ancestry, and not just to generate controversy.