- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; annotated edition edition (5 May 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1853260401
- ISBN-13: 978-1853260407
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.3 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Three Musketeers (Wordsworth Classics) Paperback – 5 May 1992
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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
An abridged edition of Alexandre Dumas' flamboyant tale of action and adventure in 17th century France. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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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.
Dumas' novels are heavyweights, literally, and readers will have to contend with a lot of pages; these pages are filled with a lot of characters and events that though often convoluted, are always intriguing. In this first instalment, a young d'Artagnan sets out to join King Louis XIII's highly regarded Musketeers, only to find himself sword-to-sword with the eponymous "three": Porthos, Athos and Aramis. Meanwhile, Queen Anne of Austria, is having an affair with the Duke of Buckingham, and the scheming Cardinal Richelieu is determined to expose them... so begins a wild ride of murder, deception and secret assignations against the backdrop of 17th century England and France.
The loyalty of our four "heroes" is well known, and none can hear of the Three Musketeers without remembering "One for all, and all for one." Still, the musketeers are hardly ideal heroes, being essentially lazy, prone to eating and drinking, and doing little else except beating their servants and cavorting with their (various) women. Yet, it is their devotion and friendship that we ultimately remember them for, when it comes to each other, and their King, their honour knows no bounds.
Pitched against them is the formidable Milady de Winter, deceitful and beautiful, a lethal combination for many who cross her path, even before she is given, in the form of a note from her employer, carte blanche to murder.Read more ›
Overall, this is truly an epic and I enjoyed the history, and although not always accurate I felt it was still plausible enough to class as historical fiction.
The characters have become some of the most famous in fiction (for reasons that will be obvious to anyone who has read this book) and the plot is driven forward with energy, humour and, dare I say, panache.
If you want to devour a good book then sit back, read this and relish the company of M D'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis.
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A story of adventure, bravado, plotting, intrigue, friendship and revenge. Our protagonist is d'Artagnan a brave and idealistic young man who travels to Paris to join the... Read morePublished 23 days ago by L.W
A classic story bought it for my brother who has had a stroke and has trouble reading. He really enjoyed it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Thoughtfully edited, interestingly selected and certainly readable. Enjoying the adventures and follies of D'Artagnan and company in this admittedly good digital edition may not be... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Reginald "Bulldog" Chartwell
Lots to enjoy in this classic tale of derring-do in 17th century France as we follow the fortunes of the heroic musketeers as they fight and drink their way through a series of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Partick Potter
You have to love these bold and brash soldiers, who save the innocent and struggle in lovePublished 5 months ago by Tea-and-toast