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Les trois mousquetaires by Alexandre Dumas

Les trois mousquetaires (original 1844; edition 1973)

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.
Title:Les trois mousquetaires
Authors:Alexandre Dumas
Info:Livre de Poche (Lgf) (1973), Mass Market Paperback, 893 pages
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Tags:Terminé le Apr 2008

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The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (1844)

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Read for the first time. I am pretty sure I had never read it but probably saw various movies that were based on the book. The story of 4 men, three musketeers and a young man, d'Artagran who is an intern. The setting is France during the 1600s. The novel, while an adventure and romance, has a political setting. It is a time of religious upheaval with Luther and Calvin. Louis XIII is the king of France and Richelieu is cardinal who had control over the government and power over Louis XIII. In this setting, the story is of the three musketeers Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. The musketeers and d'artagran are caught up in a political conspiracy launched by the Cardinal. This is a an enjoyable, entertaining story as an adventure ought to be. ( )
  Kristelh | Jan 12, 2020 |

Well, this was a welcome revisiting of a past favourite. I first read it aged about eight, in an abridged version with all the sex taken out (which makes some of the plot twists even less comprehensible), and came back to it as an undergraduate in a more complete version. It's full of exciting fights and journeys, to England, to the siege of La Rochelle, to the palaces of the King and Queen and the Cardinal, and D'Artagnan, our hero, and the three musketeers of the title are all well enough delineated, cardboard with some decent background colour.

The big flaw is in the background and fate of Milady de Winter, the chief villainess. Aged only 22, she has already married Athos and (as far as he knows) been killed by him in retribution of dishonour, and yet also managed to marry de Winter's brother and become a trusted agent of the Cardinal despite her criminal record. It's a bit reminiscent of Patrick Ward in the Bloody Sunday Report. On top of this, the poor woman is subjected to summary execution by three men who she has wronged (two of whom have already tried to kill her), a deadly act given legitimacy by Porthos and Aramis, with the plausible deniability of actually beheading her in Belgium rather than France. I mean, she's not a nice person - the attempted poisoning of our heroes is a nasty thing to do - but one cannot really feel that she has been given justice. (I do like the transgender theory.)

And D'Artagnan's love life is barely coherent. He spent most of the book longing for Constance Bonacieux, who he has met about twice. He manages to deceive Milady into thinking he is the Comte des Wardes (how can she possibly make this mistake?) and his only really successful liaison with with Milady's maid Kitty, where they obviously have raucously glorious sex, even though he is using her for access to her boss (and she knows this deep down). It's a bit unpleasant to be honest, but also not all that convincing.

Still, the book really does succeed in evoking a complex political society in which young men thrash about violently and the real power-brokers try to shape their impulses to political ends. It has its internal inconsistencies but in the end it is generally great fun. ( )
  nwhyte | Dec 28, 2019 |
Not all old books have held up--The Three Musketeers has. Yes, you can tell Dumas was paid by the word, but even so, wow, could he write. The book abounds with action, adventure, wit, and romance. I love how distinctly he wrote the characters--men and women--and made them far more realistic and nuanced than I expected. (Alas, movies versions make the cardinal into a mustache-twirling evil dude, and he's not written that way at all.)

This finishes up my personal challenge to read a classic book every month of the year. I plan to read more of Dumas in 2020! ( )
  ladycato | Dec 12, 2019 |
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 |
A Book Over A Hundred Years Old

My Barnes and Nobel Classics version of The Three Musketeers 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 |
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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.
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

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