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Product details

  • 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)

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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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An abridged edition of Alexandre Dumas' flamboyant tale of action and adventure in 17th century France. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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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This claims to be the translation by Richard Peavar, published in 2008, but it isn't. This is a translation by Lord Sudley, published in 1952. Check the preview before you buy - this might get fixed, I suppose.
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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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By LittleMoon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Sept. 2010
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Apparently, when he was dying, Dumas said of death: "I shall tell her a story, and she will be kind to me." If it is so, then I assume he is lounging on a cloud with an entourage of angels to do his bidding, for Dumas in his lifetime was a consummate storyteller, and his particular brand of epic adventure is loved today by readers across the globe.

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.
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I'd always wanted to read this book, having seen numerous films. However, all of those paled compared to this wonderful historical novel. I'm not one for lengthy descriptions normally, but the narratvie had the perfect mix of description and dialogue. I read it over three weeks, (when I should have been revising for my incredibly important, life changing exams oops) and felt that the chararcters were all well crafted and didn't always seem to fit the allegorical roles, with even the antagonists having their moments and the protagonists having their failings.
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.
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What can one say about this book? It has always been a favourite of mine since I first read it at the tender age of 12 some thirty years ago.

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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Just received my copy and I can confirm that it's the Peaver translation. Book looks and feels good and the Tom Gauld cover is a real treat. The Count of Montecristo is possibly my favourite book, so can't wait to get stuck in to the Three Musketeers.
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Dumas' classic has much to recommend it; fabulous action scenes, complex plot twists and appealing characters racing about France (and occasionally England) in order to serve the great historical personages that determine their fates and their own sense of duty to them. If Dumas' book has a fault it is that the dramatist in him wins out over the novellist, and the last third of the book, particularly when Milady's influence begins to be truly felt, is often reduced to the episodes of a play rather than the complex internal dialogues and narrative observations of the earlier parts. The characters exist solely in terms of what they do and say, and whilst the ride is exhilarating, the effect is less impressive. But, a classic instruction manual for the young and noble, and makes you want to get out your epeé for the cut and thrust of musketeering.
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