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The Three Musketeers (Everyman's Library) (original 1844; edition 1966)

by Alexandre Dumas

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In seventeenth-century France, young D'Artagnan initially quarrels with, then befriends, three musketeers and joins them in trying to outwit the enemies of the king and queen.
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Title:The Three Musketeers (Everyman's Library)
Authors:Alexandre Dumas
Info:Dent (1966), Hardcover, 656 pages
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The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (1844)

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Uma boa aventura. Apenas senti falta de cenas narradas de luta dos mosqueteiros e mais mulheres na história (o que é perdoável dado o contexto de lançamento da obra). No geral é bastante divertido. ( )
  AnnieBitencourt | Nov 19, 2019 |
This was A Book Over A Hundred Years Old on my reading list. My Barnes and Nobel Classics version came in just under 700 pages, so it's a lengthy slog from a time when writers were paid by the line. Given this was Dumas' revenue model, this is a surprisingly readable book with an entertaining, if meandering plot, and some suspect characters - even the good guys perform some questionable (albeit satisfying) acts. I was clipping along through the first 500 pages, then got bogged down when the femme fatale turned into Hans Gruber, committing super-crimes under everyone's nose for the flimsiest of reasons. In this case she doesn't crave money but revenge and she proves as unbelievably difficult to bring down as Hans did.

Dumas drops plenty of commentary on human relationships throughout the novel, many of which would fit easily into a contemporary novel were such authorial intrusions still en vogue. If you approach this book from the perspective that it was serialized as entertainment in a newspaper and set quite a few of your modern beliefs aside (you don't kill perfect strangers in duels over perceived slights would be a good place to start), this is a fun book with more than its share of the typical coincidences critical to grand adventures from this period of literature, particularly the number of times the good guys and bad guys run into each other by chance in some corner or other of France and the plethora of near-death experiences of D'Artagnan. I'm curious why this book was titled as it was, given that D'Artagnan is actually the protagonist without whom we have no story. Although I struggled with Milady's imprisonment and escape, it's interesting to see how powerful and cunning Dumas made a woman in his tale. In the end she gets her just deserts at the hands of the so-called heroes in an act of vigilante justice that is equally abhorrent and applause-worthy.

A better than average read when you want lighter fare that reads a lot like a Wild West novel. ( )
  skavlanj | Nov 7, 2019 |
I almost put it down in the beginning, despite the better translation, when the only thing that happens is d'Artagnan getting into duels with every single person he meets. The story did become interesting after a while, but the characters really weren't (with the exception of Milady).

And can you use the term "fridging" for a book that takes place prior to the invention of the refrigerator? ( )
  haloedrain | Aug 3, 2019 |
I'm not sure I can stand much more of this. I loved The Count of Monte Cristo, so figured this would be similarly good. It's deadly. It drags on for ever and ever. It tells the tale of a bunch of feckless, inept, irresponsible assholes doing pretty much nothing at all. Well, they drink, gamble and womanize, but how is that fun reading? How in hell did this become a classic? I managed to torture myself by reading half the damn thing, well over 300 pp. I don't think I found a single minute of this book to have been worth my time. Yeeeech! "Can you say , putrid, boys and girls?" ( )
  lgpiper | Jun 21, 2019 |
Aux trois gentilshommes mousquetaires Athos, Porthos et Aramis, toujours prêts à en découdre avec les gardes du Cardinal de Richelieu, s'associe le jeune gascon d'Artagnan fraîchement débarqué de sa province avec pour ambition de servir le roi Louis XIII.
Engagé dans le corps des mousquetaires, d'Artagnan s'éprend de l'angélique Constance Bonacieux.
En lutte contre la duplicité et l'intrigue politique, les quatre compagnons trouveront en face d'eux une jeune anglaise démoniaque et très belle, Milady, la redoutable espionne du Cardinal.
D'Artagnan seul échappe à ses agents. Mais rapportera-t-il à temps à la Reine de France, Anne d'Autriche, les ferrets qu'elle a remis à son amant, le duc de Buckingham?
Chef-d’œuvre d'Alexandre Dumas et modèle de roman historique, "Les trois mousquetaires" demeure un des livres les plus lus dans le monde entier.
  Haijavivi | Jun 9, 2019 |
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On the first Monday of April 1625, the market town of Meung, the birthplace of the author of the Roman de la Rose, was in a wild state of excitement.
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Athos: Well, D'Artagnan, if he doesn't come, it will be because of some delay. He may have tumbled off his horse or fallen on some slippery deck or ridden so fast against the wind that he is ill with a fever. Let us allow for the unforseen, gentlemen, since all is a gamble and life is a chaplet of minor miseries which, bead by bead, your philosopher tells with a smile. Be philosophers as I am, friends; sit down here and let us drink.
D'Artanghan's father: A gentleman makes his way by his courage; by his courage alone! Whosoever trembles but for a second has perhaps lost the bait which fortune held out to him in precisely that second.
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This is the main work for The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas père. It should not be combined with any adaptation, abridgement, etc.

This work has also been published (complete and unabridged) under the ISBN 1-55902-983-8 by Aerie Publications, which apparently decided to break the rules and publish multiple classics under the same ISBN.
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The young Gascon fights
The three inseperables
and becomes their friend
(Michael.Rimmer)

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