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Telynor's Library, and then some

A woman of a certain age who has three cats underfoot, and has the dream of filling her passport with stamps. Books, classical music, tea, cats, movies, art, fancy needlework,  and anything else I can think of.

A terrific tale of Adventure and Race in the Napoleonic wars

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo - Tom Reiss

This is the sort of book that I love to read. Full of history and surprises, I had never given any thought to race in Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries before. But in this tale of a soldier-aristocrat in revolutionary and Napoleonic France, race certainly matters in the life of Alex Dumas, a man who was born in what is now Haiti as the son of an aristocrat and an African-American woman. There are battles, ups and downs and his very remarkable son. Alexandre Dumas. All kinds of historical tidbits and adventures that go from the Caribbean to France to Egypt and back again. No pictures, unfortunately, but plenty of notes and maps. I give this one five stars and a muchly recommended.

For the longer review, please go here:
http://www.bubblews.com/news/3488746-the-black-count-a-splendid-tale-of-race-heroism-and-revolution