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The Three Musketeers (Classics) Mass Market Paperback – 29 May 2003

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reissue edition (29 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140440259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140440256
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3.3 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 761,180 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Aug. 2003
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This is the best book I have read in ages. I remember it as a childrens story but (as they say) you can't beat the real thing! The pace of this story is breathtaking and I soon found myself consumed with the whole tale. I really like his style. It's fast, it's fun, it's cheeky and the indiscretions add a certain something that, as I say, is wasted on kids. It's a classic for all the right reasons, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Valeyard on 4 Feb. 2014
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A timeless and ever engaging piece of literature.

The magic of The Three Musketeers lies in its ability to have you relate to some part of the tale at any point in your life. Tales of friendship, solidarity, love, loss, hatred, deceit, lust and trust all combine to make one of the finest novels ever written.

Considering that this was Dumas' first ever novel the flow and elegance of the writing convey skill of an accomplished novelist.

If you're brought up on the Hollywood versions of D'Artagnan, Athos, Aramis and Porthos then stepping into the world of the original will be somewhat of a shock. Gone is the frivolity and campness of the film and television versions for here you are treated to solid and emotionally charged writing.

It took me over twelve years to give this its second read through and I will never leave it that long again. The Three Musketeers ignites a fire in your imagination and connects with you in a way that is as rare as multi-planet alignments

If you want an adventure story of old that's line with laughter, joy and everything you could find in a modern tale then The Three Musketeers is for you. Almost 200 years later and this novel stands the test of time perfectly.

I couldn't recommend it any higher.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Jan. 2001
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This tale gallops along nicely and gives great value for money in that it combines tremendous adventure with great history. I love all the mannerisms and social etiquette of the day. The dodgy morality combined with corrupt religion and devious politics make it exciting any way you cut it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jun. 2000
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While it may seem difficult to bestow such a title with a book this good it is easy. The story is fascinating and told so well that it is impossible to put down. The characters are, without exception, wonderful. We have the dashing heroism of the musketeers, the utter evil of Milady and the ruthless cunning of Richelieu.
This is a book which has everything. There is action and excitement. There is tension, drama and intrigue. There is comedy. There is love and romance. There is honour, loyalty, friendship and duelling. And there is moral conflict. From the start to the end there is no real way in which this book could be improved. If you have not read it you should.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N Dawson on 31 Oct. 2002
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I was inspired to read this after enjoying Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo". It was just as fast paced, enjoyable and entertaining. However I couldn't help feeling a little cheated. The plot was very predictable: we always knew none of the musketeers would die, and whatever troubles they had they would overcome them, giving the story a plodding, formulaic inevitability. Also, many of the characters were very one-dimensional: even the evil protagonist, Milady, who was just evil, with seemingly no motivation for her heinous crimes.
In short, enjoyable in it's own right, but "literary classic"- I don't think so.
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