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The three musketeers
Dumas, Alexandre
Adult Fiction DUMAS

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Susan said:
After reading the greatest cloak-and-wand story of all time (HP), read the greatest cloak-and-sword story of all time. Alexandre Dumas' Musketeers are witty, rollicking, gallant, dashing, &c. &c. &c. They are the best and bravest, with the quickest of blades and sharpest of wit of all the King's musketeers--and whom do they most fear? A Marilyn Monroe type named Milady. Huh. Watch as the plot thickens in 17th century France, with pius Aramis, foppish Porthos, dashing, witty Athos, and the young prodigy of the blade and mind, d'Artagnan. Not to mention Milday, Kitty, Madame Bonacieux, M. de Treville, the wicked M. le cardinal, the dreaded Huguenots...and all those other people trying to kill them. For the very best English translation from 17th century French, get the translation by Richard Pevear. And don't ask me why there are four musketeers on the cover...you'll just have to find out.
posted Nov 9, 2007 at 11:03PM
fizzle37 said:
A classic adventure story.
posted Jul 6, 2008 at 7:23PM
Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
If you think The Three Musketeers is a stodgy old classic, think again. It is the original swashbuckler and an adventure story that has stood the test of time through hundreds of editions and translations, spin-offs, and movies. Hell, it’s even got a candy bar named after it. The Musketeers are the private bodyguards of King Louis XIII of France in 1624, and the three signaled out by the title are long-standing members of this guard: Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. But the real hero of the story is reckless young d’Artagnan, a wannabe Musketeer who must prove his mettle and his devotion to the cause as the trio fight to defend king, queen, and honor against a devious Cardinal and mysterious spy known only as “Milady.” Athos, Porthos, Aramis and d’Artagnan set the mold (and maybe break it too) for the dashing, daring, laughing-in-the-face-of-danger gentleman type that we associate with a swashbuckler. The story was first written over one hundred and sixty years ago, but it’s the sort of legendary stuff that the world will never be too old for. The Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, if you can get your hands on it, is a real treat to read, complete as it is with a very readable and rousing new translation and a gleefully comic illustrated cover.
posted Jun 23, 2009 at 1:59PM
Avatar for Scott Lommen Scott Lommen said:
One of the all-time great adventure novels, Volume 1 of the D’Artagnan Romances(followed by 20 YEARS LATER, THE VICOMTE DE BRAGELONNE [which the Hennepin County Library inexplicably DOES NOT HAVE!!!!! FIE!! SHAME!!], LOUISE DE LA VALLIERE, and THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK)is a top-shelf, rip-roaring swashbuckler. If you enjoy this, I heartily recommend CAPTAIN BLOOD and SCARAMOUCHE by Raphael Sabatini, THE PRISONER OF ZENDA by Anthony Hope, and THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL by Baroness Orczy.
posted Sep 4, 2011 at 4:55PM
Avatar for A.E.C.M. A.E.C.M. said:
I am well aware that this book is a classic, and a well written book at that, but I simply couldn’t enjoy the book for several reasons, dispite trying to analyse it logically. First, although the plot was realistic, it was so depressing. I kept hoping that it would have a bit happier ending, without Constance dying at least. Second, the main characters, especially D’Artagnan, are so annoying because they do so many stupid things. Half the time you’re wishing they will make logically decision and the other half you’re wanting to shake them. Third, the organization, because it was translated from French to English, is not quite right, making the book hard to read. After saying all this, however, it isn’t a bad book and I’m glad I read it at least once.
posted Apr 7, 2012 at 1:17PM
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