- Paperback: 768 pages
- Publisher: OUP Oxford (29 Jan. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019953845X
- ISBN-13: 978-0199538454
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 3.6 x 13 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Louise de la Vallière (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 29 Jan 2009
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In 1829 the production of his play, Henri III et sa Cour, heralded twenty years of successful playwriting. In 1839 he turned his attention to writing historical novels, often using collaborators such as Auguste Maquet to suggest plots or historical background. His most successful novels are The Count of Monte Cristo, which appeared during 1844-5, and The Three Musketeers, published in 1844. Other novels deal with the wars of religion and the Revolution. Dumas wrote many of these for the newspapers, often in daily instalments, marshalling his formidable energies to produce ever more in order to pay off his debts. In addition, he wrote travel books, children's stories and his Mémoires which describe most amusingly his early life, his entry into Parisian literary circles and the 1830 Revolution. He died in 1870.
one of the very best of the series, mixing amorous and political intrigue with an élan peculiar to Dumas ... this quasi-historical series remains remarkably readable (The Irish Times (Dublin))
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David Coward is Professor of French at the University of Leeds. He has edited all OUP's Dumas titles and is the translator of Maupassant: Mademoiselle Fifi and A Day in the Country.
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They are a retelling of the history of the French court over the period from the about midpoint of Louis XIII's reign (TTM) to the early 1660s, when Louis XIV was taking power from Mazarin. The stories are, like all Dumas's histories, heavily romanticised, historical characters being freely - loosely even -intermingled with fictional and semi-fictional (e.g d'Artagnan), and C17 activities being rewritten for C19 sensitivities - King and mistresses never actually seem to bonk, for example, passionate kissing symbolising it all unspoken.
This translation, with copious historical notes, is a good rollicking read, and highly recommended.
The first part, also called the Vicomte de Bragleonne, was very good - didn't add too much to the core Musketeer story, but stuck to the high paced excitement of its predecessors. The third part, The Man in the Iron mask was excellent - a fitting conclusion to the saga.
Unfortunately this part, Louise de Valliere, was in my opinion awful. Most of our regular heroes disappear for most of the book, to be replaced with limp courtiers; there is very little link to the main storyline taken up in The Man in the Iron Mask; and it is far too long and slow. Half way through I was so bored I even considered giving up - almost a first.
My advice would be to give this book a miss - I have friends who went straight from Twenty Years After to The Man in the Iron Mask and didn't even realise they had missed this one out.
Louis' effeminate brother Philippe (Monsieur) has just married Henrietta (Madame) of England, but Henrietta only has eyes for Louis, an attraction that Louis returns. In order to allay suspicion of Louis' jealous brother, Louis feigns an attraction to Louise (who is one of Madame's ladies in waiting), but finds himself trapped by his own schemes when he falls in love with her. LOL, some of the antics involved in trying to be alone with Louise that are constantly hampered by Madame's efforts to keep them apart.
This book is different from the preceding novels of the Musketeers -- there is little if any of the swashbuckling, sword fights and derring do that the other books contained. This book focuses on the love story of Louis and Louise, along with the pomp, intrigues and scandals of Louis XIV's court. Although some readers will be disappointed at the virtual absence of the Musketeers in this book, I was fascinated at the glimpses of French history and court life which was beautifully sprinkled with laugh out loud humor reading the antics of the French court, most especially the "revolving" confessions at the Royal Oak tree.
If you've come this far, you've already read The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After and The Vicomte De Bragelonne.Read more ›
Louise De La Valliere should not, therefore, be read out of sequence as it will not make much sense. It is the middle part of a long novel, during which Dumas spends most of his time setting up for the climax that will take place in The Man in The Iron Mask. As such the book can, at times, seem slow and inconsequential with the musketeers barley appearing at all. It is however a good story, although not what we might have expected and it is definitely worth getting through not least because The Man in the Iron Mask is so fantastic and will not make sense without this.
Louise is a beautiful and well told story, if a little slower than one might expect from the author.
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I love all the Musketeer books and this is no exception. If you don't want to hear about politics and Court machinations and the at times very immature and bad behaviour of the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Helen
Usually Dumas gets 5 stars - this is better than 3 but not quite4. The end of the musketeers as their characters lead to their respective not quite flowing denouementsPublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Again book five out of the six a very good read and really looking forward to the last of the set.Published on 11 July 2013 by Mark mason
very easy download and an extremely good read,as a fan of the musketeer genre i thoroughly enjoyed this series thanksPublished on 4 April 2013 by jimmibob
The middle section of this final musketeer trilogy is situated primarily at Fontainbleu, and the court of Louis XIV. Read morePublished on 21 Nov. 2000