Twenty Years After Paperback – 1961
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'All good fun.'Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) was a prolific French writer who is best known for his ever-popular classic novels The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Exciting and perfect for anyone who loves France and England, history and Musketeers. None of it is tedious or dull as so many writers of the time could be. He certainly knew how to keep the reader's interest. A shame more writer's dirge on endlessly over nothing very much.
I am English but live in France and know very well all the places he refers to.
'Twenty Years After' is the lesser-known sequel to the world-famous 'The Three Musketeers'. First published in serialised form from January-August, 1845, the book appeared only one year after its renowned predecessor, despite the action taking place two decades later. Those expecting Dumas' sequel to be a facsimile of the original swashbuckler must have been somewhat perplexed by the more unconventional approach given to the musketeers' middle age. Indeed, 'Twenty Years After' is a sprawling tale, lacking the unity of the original, not only in terms of a coherent narrative, but also via the disunity between the four main players; D'Artagnan, Porthos, Athos and Aramis. Whereas 'The Three Musketeers' has been truncated and adapted on countless occasions and may have an undeserved reputation as a "children's classic" (Those familiar with the downfall of Milady would rightly dispute this!), it is hard to imagine how the sequel could be similarly condensed and sanitised.
On one level, in 'Twenty Years After' (TYA) the reader has to give Dumas credit for not regurgitating his original. The decision to set the story the full twenty years after 'The Three Musketeers' (TTM) allows us to discover how the lead characters have changed in such time. Only D'Artagnan seems to have retained a genuinely youthful vigour despite his failure to rise up to the higher echelons of the military. The early chapters offer a useful summary of the key events of TTM, and the plot device (the scheming of the underhand Cardinal Mazarin) to bring the four back together is well-handled. The first appearance of Aramis is written with real comic flair.Read more ›
I found the values endearing and the idea that when they stood together they could conquer all.
"All for one and one for all" so as to speak.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still a ripping yarn with non stop action and lovable characters with something of a history lesson added to bootPublished 12 days ago by Barbara Cambridge
Love the Musketeers, and this doesn't disappoint. Honour to be upheld, money and food to be found - a new villain and valinat deeds with old friends reuniting - eventually. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ian Titler
Was great to read about our heroes again and to go on another adventure. Would recommend this book to all true fansPublished 13 months ago by 8263mel
A classic with typical Dumas' well drawn characters. It proceeds leisurely but interestingly - remember it was serialised by Dumas in a magazine.Published 14 months ago by Peter
Not a patch on the original story. Very laboured...possibly due to a rather strained translation, I would think. Some small interest to find out how the Fearless Four ended up.Published 19 months ago by O.Pinion