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on 23 June 2015
A very good book. This story and these characters are having become classic icons for a reason. I have been a Musketeer fan since the early 80's when the Muskethounds carton series. I loved the original movie; the new steam punk version was not really by cup of tea. I loved the new BBC series, but with a bunch of British actors not even trying to hide their accents the series just had a bit of a too British feel to it. I bought it as a companion to read the original work.
The book is extremely well written I am sure it loses something in the translation but I really did think I get a great feel for French society of the time. I know the later version did not follow the story exactly, but I saw where the movies and shows got their classic moments, like d'Artagnan picking a fight with all Three Musketeers in succession and the adventure over the diamond tags.
There is a real sense of, I think what they then called honour we would call pride, but things like a gentleman's word meant something. These days if someone says they will do something you still check to make sure then if you are given someone's word they would die to fulfil it. If you had offended them then you would fight to satisfaction. This could be till someone conceded or were dead. I learn about the difference politics of the time. The two powers vying for control of France the Cardinalist, and the Royalists.
We do learn about the other Musketeers but first and form most this is d'Artagnan's adventure. The only thing I found lacking in this story was even though there were plenty of fights and action the actual thrust and parry, or the details of the fight were left out, which was a bit of a shame for me. I think the reason for this was Alexandre Dumas being a play right gave the outcome to duel but left it to the actors the fill in that part. A great read. I am tempted to learn French just so I could read the actual original, but that would take another 3 decades to get to that level of understanding. So I will stick to this very enjoyable translation.