The Last Cavalier: Being the Adventures of Count Sainte-Hermine in the Age of Napoleon

By Alexandre Dumas
Translated by Lauren Yoder
Read by Simon Prebble

35.65 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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The discovery of Dumas’s last, incomplete novel, lost and completely unknown to historians for more than a century, was a literary bombshell. The Last Cavalier is Dumas’s swan song, a rousing adventure that completes his epic retelling of French history from the Renaissance (La Reine Margot) to his present day (The Count of Monte Cristo) by filling in that one vital, dramatic era that was missing: the Age of Napoleon. A tale of family honor and heroic derring-do, The Last Cavalier follows the fortunes of young Hector, Count de Sainte-Hermine, who has sworn an oath to avenge his Royalist family members’ deaths by fighting against Napoleon. When he is defeated, he is sentenced to serve as a common soldier in Napoleon’s imperial forces. Though he courts death fearlessly, Hector’s daring deeds will change his destiny—and Napoleon’s. It is rousing, big spirited, its action sweeping across oceans and continents, its hero gloriously indomitable. This newly discovered last novel of Alexandre Dumas, lost for 125 years in the archives of the National Library in Paris, completes the Dumas oeuvre.

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Summary

Summary

The discovery of Dumas’s last, incomplete novel, lost and completely unknown to historians for more than a century, was a literary bombshell. The Last Cavalier is Dumas’s swan song, a rousing adventure that completes his epic retelling of French history from the Renaissance (La Reine Margot) to his present day (The Count of Monte Cristo) by filling in that one vital, dramatic era that was missing: the Age of Napoleon.

A tale of family honor and heroic derring-do, The Last Cavalier follows the fortunes of young Hector, Count de Sainte-Hermine, who has sworn an oath to avenge his Royalist family members’ deaths by fighting against Napoleon. When he is defeated, he is sentenced to serve as a common soldier in Napoleon’s imperial forces. Though he courts death fearlessly, Hector’s daring deeds will change his destiny—and Napoleon’s.

It is rousing, big spirited, its action sweeping across oceans and continents, its hero gloriously indomitable. This newly discovered last novel of Alexandre Dumas, lost for 125 years in the archives of the National Library in Paris, completes the Dumas oeuvre.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The Last Cavalier reads like a Dumas classic. James Bond, Indiana Jones, and many others owe a deep debt to Dumas, who stuffs his tales with thrilling exploits and exotic locales. No one with a pulse will be able to resist Dumas's lost classic.” Christian Science Monitor
“It’s absolutely wonderful. I finished The Last Cavalier in a day. These 800 pages almost turn themselves. Alexander Dumas remains, now as ever, the Napoleon of storytellers.” Michael Dirda, Washington Post, a Top Ten Book for 2007
“A hit from the vaults: Dumas pere’s final work—a grand tale of adventure. A big book, and a pleasure for anyone who thrills at the likes of D’Artagnan and company.” Kirkus Reviews
“Wonderfully vivid and intelligent! I am delighted it has been rediscovered, and delighted to find that so much of Dumas’ magic still exerts its spell in this work from his last years.” Scotsman
“Dumas deserves to be read alongside Dickens and Tolstoy as an influential, enduring writer! The Last Cavalier is pure, distilled Dumas in its conception, its obsessions and in its art.” Glasgow Herald
“Reviews have been unanimous in praising The Last Cavalier: The novel is a reminder that readers are always willing to make time for epic storytelling when the narrative is in the hands of a master.” Los Angeles Times
“Vintage Dumas…enough adventure and intrigue to satisfy the most demanding reader.” Library Journal
“[This] is the rousing tale of Hector, Compte Sainte-Hermine…His exciting life is narrated by Simon Prebble…[who] maintains both the breakneck speed of the battles and the thoughtful pastoral descriptions of European countryside…Highly recommended for its admirable main character.” SoundCommentary.com (starred review)

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Author Bio: Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870), French novelist and playwright, was born the son of an innkeeper’s daughter and one of Napoleon’s generals. He moved to Paris in 1823 to make his fortune in the theater, and at twenty-eight he was one of the leading literary figures of his day. His complete works were eventually to fill over three hundred volumes, and his stories made him the best-known Frenchman of his age. He is best known for his ever-popular classic novels The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 35.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English