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The Three Musketeers (Wordsworth Classics) [Paperback]

Alexandre Dumas
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1 May 1992 Wordsworth Classics

With an Introduction and Notes by Keith Wren. University of Kent at Canterbury.

One of the most celebrated and popular historical romances ever written, The Three Musketeers tells the story of the early adventures of the young Gascon gentleman, D'Artagnan and his three friends from the regiment of the King's Musketeers - Athos, Porthos and Aramis.

Under the watchful eye of their patron M. de Treville, the four defend the honour of the regiment against the guards of Cardinal Richelieu, and the honour of the queen against the machinations of the Cardinal himself as the power struggles of seventeenth century France are vividly played out in the background.

But their most dangerous encounter is with the Cardinal's spy, Milady, one of literature's most memorable female villains, and Alexandre Dumas employs all his fast-paced narrative skills to bring this enthralling novel to a breathtakingly gripping and dramatic conclusion.


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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; annotated edition edition (1 May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853260401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853260407
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This swashbuckling classic is set in Louis XIII's France at the same time as Descartes' wanderings took him in 1627 to La Rochelle, whose Huguenot occupants were being besieged by Cardinal Richelieu. Dumas's cardinal, one of the book's many real-life characters, is simultaneously laying devilish plans to be rid of d'Artagnan and his fellow musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis. I'd forgotten how complex the plot is, how relentless the action (you can't cut to the chase the whole thing is one long desperate chase on horseback, in postillions, aboard ships) and how outrageous the characters. There's no grey in Dumas's novels, especially where women are concerned. The goodies, such as saintly Constance Bonacieux with whom our brave, penniless, honourable, hot-headed young hero from Gascony, d'Artagnan, is in love are purest snowy white. The baddies, represented by beautiful, treacherous Milady de Winter, once bigamously married to Athos and now working as a spy for Richelieu, make Madame Defarge look as dangerous as Miss Muffet. --Sue Arnold, The Guardian

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Alexander Dumas was born in 1802 at Villes-Cotterets. He received very little education but when he entered the household of the future king, Louis-Philippe, he began to read veraciously and then to write. In 1839 he began writing novels dealing with the wars of religion and the Revolution, but he is most remembered for his historical novels, 'The Count of Monte Cristo' and 'The Three Musketeers'.

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ON THE FIRST MONDAY of the month of April, 1625, the small town of Meung, the birthplace of the author of the 'Romance of the Rose,' appeared to be in a state of revolution, as complete as if the Huguenots were come to make a second siege of La Rochelle. Read the first page
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Errors 3 Jun 2011
By Les
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read The Three Musketeers several times over the years, I wished to read the 'e' version by way of a test. It has been my first Kindle-book.

I have been very disappointed to find so very many errors of spelling, and translation. it's as though someone has very rapidly transposed the novel from page to computer, with no proof-reading afterwards. A great shame to spoil so wonderful a book.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece of adventure/literature 23 Dec 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
An unusual book that reflects Dumas's views of both honour and chivalry as well as his interest in esoteric societies. Woven into the adventure romp are countless referernces to the philosophical dilemas that confront man's existence and most of all regarding his relationship with fellow man. It is hard not to identify with the politically incorrect charcters of the four heroes and even the villains lack any real malice.
By far and away the best aspect (for me) is the astoundingly uplifting quality of the narrative. Comparable to three pints of Youngs on an empty stomach after half a chapter you will feel that all is right with the world and after the battle scenes you may feel it necessary to re-enact the sword play with an old golf club.
Far outshines the authors other work and will provide you with many hours priceless entertainment.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seen the movies? 2 Jun 2003
Format:Paperback
My first introduction to 'the three musketeers' was during my childhood when I used to avidly watch 'dogtanian and the three muskehounds' - you may well laugh, but years later my fond memories of this cartoon impelled me to read the book. Yes the book is much better than any cartoon or film version, but when you read it you realise why. Basically, the characters are initially introduced in a rather sketchy manner - you only 'get to know' the characters as you read through the book. It is therefore understandable that this is difficult to portray in a film - hence reading the book is a must, it is a classic.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Popular 29 April 2011
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I think everyone must know the story of D'Artagnan, how he wants to join the King's Musketeers, and makes friends with Athos, Porthos and Aramis who are already musketeers. Fighting against the intrigues of the cardinal, Richelieu, they also come up against Milady, as they carry out a secret mission for the Queen.

Over the years this has appeared in many editions, and many media formats, and I expect that like myself most people read it when they were still quite young. But this is a tale that is always worth reading for any age. It has romance, intrigue and loads of adventure, and is most definitely fast paced. So if you have never read this before, or are thinking about re-reading it again, then download this copy to your kindle and escape to a different world.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still holds its own 5 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Having some of the classics free for e-books has allowed me to delve into some of these older books,that otherwise I might not have read at all. I read a similar version when I was a lot younger and like most people have enjoyed the various films about the musketeers, and perish the thought that I should forget Dogtanian and the three muskehounds(showing my age here).

I thoroughly enjoyed this book it has some great characters who are covered in great depth so that you feel you know them.The interactions between them, both heroes and villains,are both realistic and varied.
The story itself is well known and has a good pace with sub-plots for all the characters interlacing the main plot. I was quite surprised how long the book was, some of the other classics I have read would not even be half the size of this book, but it was still never boring or slow.
I must mention that although there are the four main heroes of the book, the lackeys/servants of the musketeers play an important part in keeping the book interesting,the mention of d'artagnan's planchet always make me think of Roy kinnear who played a very good planchet in one of the films of the three musketeers, who sadly died while making the last film. The memory of his long suffering but loyal planchet made it easier to relate to the poor lackeys who shine in the story but never get the glory.

An excellent read especially not to be missed while it is free or cheap, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good book.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an Adventure - READ 10 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I don't usually read this type of literature, going mainly for sci-fi or fantasy novels though I suppose this could fall under fantasy. I was recomended this by my wife to read and read I did! I had a copy of this book in hardback, a very old copy that came from a second-hand book shop for about 50p and it was amazing to read. It is such a swashbuckling adventure I literally could not put it down, I feel so sorry for everyone who had to read this as a serial when it was first published, I wouldn't be able to wait for the next installment.

I got the kindle version to read it again, and it was just as good the second time around, even though it wasn't in the real old book that I had, at least it is less wear and tear on that to make it last into another generation. Given that this is FREE on kindle there is absolutely no excuse not to read a true classic of literature.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book recommded for all ages 19 Jun 2013
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What a good book, great translation, wonderful use of language and vocabulary.

There are a couple of transcription errors, however, these do not detract from the reading.

The story develops quite slowly and builds on the personalities throughout, it subtly introduces and discusses a number of religious and moral thoughts and philosophies.

The story has all you would expect; adventure, romance, intrigue, heroism, stupidity, violence, duplicity and not forgetting swashbuckling.

The only disappointing aspect is that in the latter part of the book the antics of `Milady' come across as too outlandish.

I thought this book was aimed at the youth - not so - I would recommend this book to all.
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