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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Classic Books Library (February 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600967442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600967443
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,065,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The author's cinematic brushstrokes brilliantly bring to life the clash of cultures . . . a welcome reminder of [Dumas's] storytelling brio." --"Times Literary Supplement"

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"The author's cinematic brushstrokes brilliantly bring to life the clash of cultures . . . a welcome reminder of [Dumas's] storytelling brio."   Times Literary Supplement

</DIV> --Times Literary Supplement --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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<DIV>One of the most widely read French authors in the world, Alexandre Dumas (1802 1870) wrote novels of high adventure that were often serialized, as well as travel literature, plays, and magazine articles on politics and culture. </DIV> --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By AvalonSilver on July 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As The Corsican Brothers is one of Dumas' less popular works (I'm not sure if I should call it a novella or a short story), I expected it to be fairly dry: either very historical or very travel-oriented. It IS travel-oriented, and one CAN see the travel writer incarnation of Dumas, but it is far from boring and does not lack for interesting characters. The brothers may not have the relentless adventures of D'Artagnan, but they leap off the page and make themselves unforgettable nonetheless. There are some beautifully humorous moments as well (Dumas walks into one brother's library and checks to see if the man has any Dumas books!). If I had to compare this work to a more famous Dumas work, though, I would compare it to "A Masked Ball." Short, quick to read, using Dumas himself as narrator, and brilliant. I very much reccomend this one.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Riccardo Pelizzo on March 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This short novel By Alexander Dumas is nice and quite interesting in spite of the fact that the plot is not particualrly elaborated.
The plot goes more or less as follows. Dumas is a famous writer undertaking a journey in Corsica, meets one the two Corsican brothers, goes back to Paris, meets and befriends the other brother who enjoying the life Parisian high society. This second brother falls in love, has to fight in a duel and dies. The other brother who had sworn never to leave his mother and his (father)land goes to Paris and avenges the death of his beloved brother.
What is interesting is that Dumas demonstrates a phenomenal understanding of the customs and the institutions of the Corsican society. His treatment of the 'revenge' as a social institution is simply masterful.
Even more interesting is the fact that both the setting (a Mediterranean Island, Paris) and the themes (the journey, the revenge) of the Corsican Brothers are the same that Dumas adopts in the Count of Montecristo.
The reader has the impression that the Corsican Brothers is a study that Dumas made to prepare himself to write The Count of Montecristo. I think they should be read in exactly this order.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Lapin on April 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
i had always wondered why it was near impossible to find this book, unlike the other dumas novels which had been turned into movies. the reason is apparent; the book has nothing to do with the movie, beyond the notion of sympathetic twins.
yet this is a nice read, more of a novella than a short story -- you should be able to finish it in two hours. and it gives a nice idea of that travel writer that dumas was, tho we barely know him as such. this is a good travelog of 19th century corsica (and certainly more readable than trash like thoreau's bloated "cape cod".)
don't expect d'artagnan or edmond dantes, but settle in for a pleasant afternoon's read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karl Janssen on December 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Corsican Brothers, a short novel by Alexandre Dumas, was originally published in 1844. The narrator of the story is Dumas himself, or at least a famous Parisian author named Alexandre. Visiting the island of Corsica as a tourist in the Spring of 1841, the writer seeks to experience the rustic local color of France's most remote province. In the small mountain village of Sullacaro, he decides to take advantage of some of the famous Corsican hospitality and requests lodging in the home of a local family. He is welcomed with open arms by the owner of the house, the widow Madame de Franchi, and her son Lucien, a dashing young example of a Corsican country gentleman. The author soon learns that Lucien has a twin brother, Louis, who is a lawyer in Paris. Though the de Franchi brothers are almost identical in appearance, they could not be more different in their lifestyles, habits, and dispositions. The two were in fact born conjoined twins, separated surgically in infancy, and they share an uncommon bond with one another despite the physical distance which separates them.

The first half of the book is spent with Lucien in Corsica, where the author witnesses the unique Corsican custom of the vendetta--a blood feud between families which can be declared over matters as trifling as a dispute over a chicken, yet may result in dozens of murders being committed between the families in question over the course of many generations. The second half of the book is spent with Louis in Paris. Here the author becomes involved in the more civilized pursuits of operas, salons, mistresses, and duels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Maxfield on January 30, 2010
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I enjoyed the OLD movie The Corsican Brothers so much that I wanted to "read" the original story. While it wasn't the same, it was still excellent.
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