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  • Mass Market Paperback: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Cle International (15 Nov 1996)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2090319208
  • ISBN-13: 978-2090319200
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 11.3 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,329,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Coward is Professor of Modern French Literature at the University of Leeds. He won the Scott-Moncrieff Award for translation in 1996 and has edited all the Dumas père editions in World's Classics. He also translated for the series Dumas fils's Lady of the Camellia. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. F. I. Dudaniec on 15 Nov 2005
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Don't know why The Three Musketeers remains Dumas' most celebrated work when his true talent is illustrated in books of real substance and humanity like this. La Reine Margot is a novel of power, written by a master in his element, in my view, second only to his Monte Cristo. Passionate, dark, sinister, thrilling, glorious. Everything you could want from a novel and more. Will leave you with a thirst for literature, history and life.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 July 2001
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I was recommended this book by a friend and loved every minute of it. It is the story of two couples, both in love, and the friendship between the four of them. However, in true Dumas fassion, the intregues and plots of the French court are all mixed in as well: the attack on the Huguenots, the scheming Catherine de Medicis and many more. This book will keep you gripped from start to finish; you'll really be in 16th century France!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 7 Jan 2007
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This is probably my favourite Dumas novel but there's something about this translation that doesn't feel quite right. I suspect it's Dumas rather than the translator: there's an elusive tone and register to his prose which just doesn't translate into English in any seamless fashion.

That apart, this is a brilliant story: set in 1572, it concerns itself with the French wars of religion, especially the horrendous St Bartholomew's Eve massacre when Catholics slaughted Huguenots (Protestants) on the streets of Paris. The poisonous (literally) Catherine de Medici is set against the luminous Marguerite (called Margot by her brothers), and Dumas creates a story that pulses with drama. This is especially good on the claustrophobia of the Louvre where conversations are always elliptical and opaque, where secret lovers breath messages to each other in Latin, and where truth and integrity are always at a premium.

Like other Dumas novels (e.g. The Three Musketeer series) you do need to understand the historical background, and while the notes in this Oxford edition do an admirable job of filling that in you should be wary of the editor slipping in frequent 'spoilers', for example contrasting the historical career of a character with his/her role in Dumas' novel - very iritating for the first time reader.

So this is a great read, in my view better than the Three Musketeers. If you can, though, I would strongly recommend reading it in the original (a free Kindle edition is available: La Reine Margot (French Edition)) which has a certain something that the English doesn't capture.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rob crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 May 2011
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This is a lesser known Dumas novel than, say, the Count of Monte Christo. But it is just as good as the others he did: vivid personalities, attention to detail, and fabulously intricate plots. It tells the story of Margot and her marriage to the King of Navarre, an ambitious Hugenot in constant danger of assassination. With the backdrop of the religious wars, she finds love in a knight that she attempts to cloister from the dangers of court intrigue. It ends in tragedy, hope, and the promise of further adventure.

Based on available historical sources at the time and embellished with Dumas' unique sense of drama, it is a spectacular read, full of danger, sudden developments, and psychological depth. While it may not be as deep as Stendhal's best works, it is absolutely first rate as a historical novel, a genre that Dumas helped to develop. It stimulates the reader's desire to plung more deeply into French history as well.

High recommendation.
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