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D'Artangan and Co. clash into battle once again!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Twenty Years After (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
I picked up 20yrsAfter with mixed feelings. The first book - The Three Musketeers - had made such a massive impact on me, that I was a little worried how the mighty quartet would fare twenty years down the line, and if there would be such a parrllel of greatness I felt from reading the first. I need not have worried - Twenty Years After is as brillant and gripping as The Three Musketeers - if not better. The beginning sets the scene - France is in a terrible state, with civil war around the corner. In England, Charles I is in danger of losing the throne of his forefathers to a brewers son (a brooding general by the name of Cromwell), and for their sins God has sent Milady's son after D'Artangan, Athos, Aramis, and Porthos. If you love history as it is, just left the way it happened, then step back from this novel. But Dumas loved history as well as fabled fantasy - as he wrote in his Memoirs - "I perceived a living complete world buried twelve centuries deep in the shadowy abyss of the past... I realized that the past held more than the future..." Twenty Years After is part of Dumas' annus mirabilis writing flood of 1844-1854, but a beautiful and profound, and gripping chapter that should not be over looked as it so often is.