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The Prussian Terror   By: (1802-1870)

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In his historical novel, Alexandre Dumas takes us on a thrilling journey through the dark and treacherous times of the Prussian Empire. Set in the 18th century, The Prussian Terror offers a captivating blend of political intrigue, romance, and suspense that keeps readers thoroughly engaged from start to finish.

Dumas masterfully weaves together the personal struggles of the protagonist, a young French nobleman, with the larger political turmoil of the era. The author's meticulous attention to detail and extensive research is evident throughout the novel, painting a vivid picture of Prussian society and its oppressive regime. From the ornate palaces to the murky backstreets, each setting is richly described, immersing the reader in a world on the brink of revolution.

One of the novel's greatest strengths lies in its complex and multi-dimensional characters. Dumas carefully crafts a cast of individuals who embody the various factions vying for power and control. As the protagonist navigates the treacherous landscape of royal courts and secret societies, we witness his evolution from an idealistic youth to a cunning and resourceful adversary. The supporting characters are equally well-developed, adding depth and intrigue to the story.

The Prussian Terror also explores themes of loyalty, honor, and sacrifice, forcing the characters to confront their own demons and make difficult choices. It delves into the moral ambiguity of power and the lengths to which individuals will go for the greater good. Dumas skillfully poses questions about the essence of humanity and the corrupting nature of absolute power, inviting readers to reflect on their own values and beliefs.

The novel's pace is relentless, with each chapter ending on a tantalizing cliffhanger that compels readers to turn the page. Dumas expertly balances the action sequences with moments of introspection and romance, ensuring a well-rounded narrative that appeals to a broad audience. The political intrigues and alliances are intricately plotted, keeping readers guessing until the very end.

While some readers may find the extensive historical details overwhelming at times, they ultimately serve to enhance the authenticity of the story. Dumas' eloquent prose and vivid descriptions transport us to a bygone era, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the narrative.

In conclusion, The Prussian Terror is a captivating historical novel that combines thrilling adventure with a profound exploration of human nature. Alexandre Dumas' compelling storytelling, well-drawn characters, and meticulous attention to historical detail make it a must-read for fans of the genre. Prepare to be transported to a world of political intrigue and danger, where loyalty is tested and the true cost of power is revealed.

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THE PRUSSIAN TERROR

BY

ALEXANDRE DUMAS

A FIRST TRANSLATION FROM THE FRENCH

BY

R.S. GARNETT

WITH AN INTRODUCTION

LONDON: STANLEY PAUL & CO

PHILADELPHIA: DAVID MCKAY COMPANY

1916

[Illustration: ALEXANDRE DUMAS.]

"L'ennemi, c'est le Prussien"

GAMBETTA.

CONTENTS

TRANSLATOR'S INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER I. BERLIN II. THE HOUSE OF HOHENZOLLERN III. COUNT VON BISMARCK IV. IN WHICH BISMARCK EMERGES FROM AN IMPOSSIBLE POSITION V. A SPORTSMAN AND A SPANIEL VI. BENEDICT TURPIN VII. KAULBACH'S STUDIO VIII. THE CHALLENGE IX. THE TWO DUELS X. WHAT WAS WRITTEN IN A KING'S HAND XI. BARON FREDERIC VON BÜLOW XII. HELEN XIII. COUNT KARL VON FREYBERG XIV. THE GRANDMOTHER XV. FRANKFORT ON MAIN XVI. THE DEPARTURE XVII. AUSTRIANS AND PRUSSIANS XVIII. THE DECLARATION OF WAR XIX. THE BATTLE OF LANGENSALZA XX. IN WHICH BENEDICT'S PREDICTION CONTINUES TO BE FULFILLED XXI. WHAT PASSED AT FRANKFURT BETWEEN THE BATTLES OF LANGENSALZA AND SADOWA XXII. THE FREE MEAL XXIII. THE BATTLE OF ASCHAFFENBURG XXIV. THE EXECUTOR XXV. FRISK XXVI. THE WOUNDED MAN XXVII... Continue reading book >>




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