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Vaninka - Celebrated Crimes, Book 17

Alexandre Dumas

To paraphrase the note from the translator, The Celebrated Crimes of Alexandre Dumas père was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language—has minced no words—to describe violent scenes of violent times. In this, the seventeenth of the series, Dumas, in this case more a novelist rather than a historian, turns his attention to a story from Russia: that of Vaninka. Her father was a Russian count and a general in the Russian Imperial army under Paul I. She falls in love with one of her father's officers, whose tragic but accidental death leads her to a savage crime. Ironically, bringing her to justice requires a great perversion of justice itself. This story is historical romance, not history. It does show us something of the life of Russia at the time, and takes a side trip through part of the Napoleonic wars, but the focus is firmly on the price a beautiful young girl pays for her arrogant willingness to play fpr keeps with human hearts. Dumas may have collaborated on this, as he frequently did in his works, with other writers. Nevertheless, it is clearly Dumas who has the final say on this work, as with all the other works in this series. Enjoy!

To paraphrase the note from the translator, The Celebrated Crimes of Alexandre Dumas père was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language—has minced no words—to describe violent scenes of violent times. In this, the seventeenth of the series, Dumas, in this case more a novelist rather than a historian, turns his attention to a story from Russia: that of Vaninka. Her father was a Russian count and a general in the Russian Imperial army under Paul I. She falls in love with one of her father's officers, whose tragic but accidental death leads her to a savage crime. Ironically, bringing her to justice requires a great perversion of justice itself. This story is historical romance, not history. It does show us something of the life of Russia at the time, and takes a side trip through part of the Napoleonic wars, but the focus is firmly on the price a beautiful young girl pays for her arrogant willingness to play fpr keeps with human hearts. Dumas may have collaborated on this, as he frequently did in his works, with other writers. Nevertheless, it is clearly Dumas who has the final say on this work, as with all the other works in this series. Enjoy!
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To paraphrase the note from the translator, The Celebrated Crimes of Alexandre Dumas père was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language—has minced no words—to describe violent scenes of violent times. In this, the seventeenth of the series, Dumas, in this case more a novelist rather than a historian, turns his attention to a story from Russia: that of Vaninka. Her father was a Russian count and a general in the Russian Imperial army under Paul I. She falls in love with one of her father's officers, whose tragic but accidental death leads her to a savage crime. Ironically, bringing her to justice requires a great perversion of justice itself. This story is historical romance, not history. It does show us something of the life of Russia at the time, and takes a side trip through part of the Napoleonic wars, but the focus is firmly on the price a beautiful young girl pays for her arrogant willingness to play fpr keeps with human hearts. Dumas may have collaborated on this, as he frequently did in his works, with other writers. Nevertheless, it is clearly Dumas who has the final say on this work, as with all the other works in this series. Enjoy!

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Bethune

Length:

2h 16m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:25


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:50


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:55


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:08


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:02


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:56


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:06


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:53


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:05


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:08


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:55


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:00


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:49


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:08


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:57


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:51


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:05


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:59


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:44


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:12