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The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas

The Corsican Brothers (1844)

by Alexandre Dumas

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With all the buzz floating around about the new Three Musketeers movie, I started craving a little Dumas fix. That happens every now and again and when it does, I turn to my little copy of The Corsican Brothers. The Brothers was actually my first introduction to Dumas. I was young, probably a pre-teen, when I saw a Hallmark Hall of Fame version. Of course, the filmmakers took a little artistic license (not nearly as much as Cheech and Chong, of course) but I was immediately smitten with the tale.

Told from Dumas' point of view, the short travelogue begins as he's on horseback in Corsica and asks to be put up for the evening in the de Franchi household. He soon meets Lucien de Franchi, who regales him with the story of the ten-years vendetta between the Orlandi and the Colona families. Nine people have lost their lives due to the fighting, all over a 'ten-sous' hen that wandered into the wrong yard. Lucien invites Dumas to be a witness to the arbitration the next day at the village church. Dumas also learns that Lucien has a twin brother, Louis, who studies law in Paris. After Dumas returns home, he hand-delivers a letter to Louis. The two men attend a ball and a late dinner, at which Louis finds himself forced to defend the honor of a married woman. The next day Louis fights a duel at which Dumas is his second. Mortally wounded, Louis begs Dumas not to let his family find out the manner of his death for he fears it will offend their honor. Dumas sends off a letter to Corsica but is surprised to find Lucien at his door. Even more shocking, he knows his brother has died from violent means. For though the doctor attending their birth had severed the skin that connected them, the brothers retained a psychic bond. Louis was right, Lucien's deep sense of honor has been bruised and he has brought the fearsome Corsican vengeance to Paris.

The Corsican Brothers is so short that it doesn't have time for all the political layering and gilding that are in Dumas' more famous works, yet it still retains his flavor. It's like an infant cousin to The Count of Monte Cristo. I love the dialogue - the man certainly knew how to write some zingers. Ah Dumas, c'est bon! ( )
  VictoriaPL | Oct 19, 2011 |
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Alexandre Dumas, père (French for "father", akin to Senior in English), born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie (1802-1870) was a French writer, best known for his numerous historical novels of high adventure which have made him one of the most widely read French authors in the world. Many of his novels, including The Count of Monte Cristo (1845), The Three Musketeers (1844), and The Man in the Iron Mask (1848) were serialized, and he also wrote plays and magazine articles and was a prolific correspondent. Though best known now as a novelist, He earned his first fame as a dramatist. His Henri III et sa Cour (1829) was the first of the great Romantic historical dramas produced on the Paris stage, preceding Victor Hugo's more famous Hernani (1830). He was also a wellknown travel writer, writing such books as From Paris to Cadiz (1847), and Travel Impressions: In Russia (1860). His other works include Twenty Years After (1845), The Two Dianas (1846), Queen Margot (1845), The Black Tulip (1850), The Wolf-Leader (1857), and The Knight of Sainte-Hermine (1869).

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An exciting tale of love, jealousy, intrigue, and a merciless vendetta, this is Dumas at his finest. A man is traveling in old Corsica, "the land of the Vendetta." He lodges with the widowed Madame Savilia de Franchi, who has twin sons: peace-loving Louis, studying law in Paris, and the savage but noble Lucien, who lives with her and is going to be "a good Corsican." Their guest learns that these two brothers, apparently so different, were in fact born conjoined; now, whenever Lucien feels pain, Louis experiences it too-no matter the distance between them. On his return to Paris, the narrator meets Louis, and is drawn into an affair that ends in tragedy and revenge.… (more)

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