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Twenty Years After (The D'Artagnan Romances #2)

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1898. Twenty Years After is the sequel to The Three Musketeers. Two decades have passed since the famous swordsmen triumphed over Cardinal Richelieu and Milady in The Three Musketeers. Time has weakened their resolve, and dispersed their loyalties. But treasons and stratagems still cry out for justice: civil war endangers the throne of France, while in England, Cromwell th ...more
Hardcover, 818 pages
Published September 10th 2010 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1845)
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Bill  Kerwin

This sequel toThe Three Musketeers is the “thinking man's” Blues Brothers, a “getting the band back together” tale that is set where such stories should be set: among friends in their forties and fifties, still vigorous in decline, constrained by the comforts and commitments of middle age. Hollywood, for the last quarter-century, has preferred “grumpy old _____” movies (fill in the blank, “astronauts,” “spies,” “mobsters,” etc.), but such heroes in retirement offer few interesting challenges; li
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Phil
Jul 30, 2011 Phil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Just wow! I loved The Three Musketeers, but - if anything - I think that this was even better. Twenty Years After is the second installment in the Musketeers' tale (one that continues into a third part, 'Ten Years Later', which is normally split itself into three, the last of which is The Man in teh Iron Mask). That might be because I didn't' already know the story, but I think it was also because there's now a world-weariness about the four heroes. All now in their forties, they're almost ...more
Jan-Maat
I have only two enduring memories of this book.

The first is waiting at a supermarket, with the shopping on the belt, reaching into the pocket of my grey overcoat and discovering this book there, were I had plainly put it for safe keeping and then forgot about it. It was a small library book, possibly an old Everyman edition, and luckily I was then still young enough that I didn't have to pay library fines for late returned books. So I was able to enjoy the pure joy of escaping the eternity of tw
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Dan Gladwell
Feb 27, 2009 Dan Gladwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
No one ever talks about Twenty Years After, and it's hard to find out it exists unless you're looking for more information on the Three Musketeers. I think the main reason behind this is just its bulk. It's a huge volume, and it is pretty daunting thinking you will be able to get through all those pages. However, it is still paced very well, and there is a lot of action here. Twenty Years after is much more character driven than Three Musketeers, and the emotional connection you feel to the char ...more
Jessica
Sep 17, 2007 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I must admit, I didn't like this book at all. Not because it wasn't well written, and not because there was anything wrong with it (there wasn't, by the way), it's just that the characters in the book did not seem like my old "friends", the Four Musketeers! Yes, they were named "D'Argatan", "Athos", "Porthos" and "Aramis" but they didn't seem like the same characters to me.
It's interesting though, if you wanted to find out what happended to all the characters in "The Three Musketeers", but reall
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Duffy Pratt
This book pales in comparison to The Three Musketeers only because Mordaunt is a much less interesting villain than his mother, Milady. Again, it would not be too difficult to twist this story so that Mordaunt becomes no villain at all. His goal is simply to avenge the murder of his mother. To that end he stabs a man who was already dying, he kills another of the murderers on a field of battle, and he tries to blow up the remaining four. In his mind, he's simply trying to get for himself the jus ...more
K.
Oct 25, 2009 K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventure lovers
Shelves: french-lit
Better than "Three Musketeers." Characters are much more developed and fleshed out and mature. More mature and thought-provoking themes. Loved reading every minute of it. Not one dull moment in all its 800+ pages. I love Dumas' sense of humor. d'Artagnan and Porthos really stood out so much more in this one, witty and truly humorous--I really enjoy laughing at true wit in a book. It makes me feel happy.

Dumas plays with history quite a bit and these can't be quite called "historical" in a true s
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Afshar
Jun 11, 2015 Afshar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
بیست سال بعد ادامه "سه تفنگدار" و ماقبل "ویکونت دو براژلون" نوشته شده است

از "جمال مالیک" (نقش اول فیلم میلیونر زاغه نشین)،در مسابقه "چه کسی می خواهد میلیونر شود" آخرین سوالی که پرسیده میشود در مورد سه تفنگدار است.اولش فک کردم در آن ثانیه جوابش را خواهم گفت
:)
در رمان سه تفنگدار الکساندر دوما نام سومین تفنگدار چه بود؟

ولی بعد با دیدن گزینه ها، سوال کاملا پیچیده شد
:/
چون بین گزینه ها هم اسم دارتانیان بود و هم آرامیس

قهرمان اصلی سه تفنگدار،دارتانیان است و آرامیس هم جزو تفنگداران اصلی است
!!!

:اما جواب
آتوس
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Sarah
I liked The Three Musketeers better, but this was no disappointment; I adore the characters. My only real frustration was that it took so long to get the four of them together.

I kept getting my princes mixed up, and then Condi, Conte and Gondy, and it doesn't help that I read Queen Margot earlier this year and the books have characters with the same family names. But name confusion on the reader's behalf is standard for Dumas, at least for me.

One of my favorite quotes was d'Artagnan's descriptio
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Ensiform
Dec 05, 2011 Ensiform rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent, entertaining, engrossing epic, a series of elegantly arranged adventures and intrigues that really drew me in. It was a rollicking good story, and the characters were brought to life with skill. At first, the situation in the book is a shock: striking down the cherished tradition of "all for one and one for all" in one of the world's great classics, the Musketeers are estranged and apart, and actually on different sides in the Cardinalist-Frondist conflict! But this unfortunate tur ...more
Judy
Nov 11, 2012 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 of the D'Artagnan Romances

The Musketeers re-unite to fight Milady's son, Mordaunt. The book is chock full of the same humor that made The Three Musketeers a classic. As usual, Dumas tweaks history to fit his novel's needs, but even so, I'm an even more confirmed Dumas-o-phile. I'm looking forward to reading Vicomte de Bragelonne next year.
Leslie
Changing my previous rating of 3 stars.

It took me a little while to warm up to this sequel to "The Three Musketeers" but it was worth perservering! Once again, our 4 friends have become embroiled in court politics, this time involving Richelieu's successor Cardinal Mazarin. I had a little trouble identifying all the people as some of the historical characters were unknown to me yet were presented with little or no explanation. Thank goodness for the internet!

Also a little puzzled about Porthos -
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Caitlin
Mar 30, 2010 Caitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was just as good as the sequel....I am serious! I didnt think it would be as good as the first one, because the three musketeers was seriously amazing, but this book was just as good!! (possibly better??) So just to give you a heads up, my favorite character Comte de la Fere (Athos) did NOT die. Thank gorfo. But somebody else did....so scroll down to read it. remember-its a SPOILER!!!





























Dear Charles I,
It is very unfortunate that you had to die. It's not like anybody elected you to be king
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Luana
Feb 28, 2012 Luana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Avete mai provato quella sensazione intrisa di un misto di felicità e inquietudine nell’andare incontro ad amici che non vedete da tanto tempo? Felicità per il ritrovamento, inquietudine per la possibilità di trovare qualcosa di sbagliato, o anche più di qualcosa.
E’ con questo spirito che mi sono decisa a leggere ‘Vent’anni dopo’ a distanza di nove mesi dal primo capitolo della rocambolesca saga dedicata ai noti moschettieri. Ero ansiosa di riaprire le pagine di carta a loro dedicate, quasi che
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Jim
Jul 07, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas is the first sequel to the original The Three Musketeers, to be followed by two, three, or four volumes -- based on the edition you have. D'Artagnan and his companions are now in middle age, but a new young 'un takes the stage, Raoul, the Vicomte de Bragelonne, with Athos as his guardian (and probable father).

The action is a bit confusing, because Twenty Years After is set during he Wars of the Fronde, in which both the bourgeois classes and the nobility hav
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Erika L. Miller
This is a wonderful story and only does justice to the original Three Musketeers story. This book is just not a sequel to the story but an excellent continuation of the story. The characters have changed and yet they have remained the same. d'Artangan is still the confident Gascon who has an idea and ambition for everything, Athos is still the loyal, nobel and honest cornerstone of the group, Aramis the loveable playboy who finds himself at odds with his ambitions of the past and desires for the ...more
Anirudh
Oct 24, 2015 Anirudh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Turns out sequels were a bad idea even then. Twenty Years after is the novel that continues the life of D'Arthagnan and his three friends as they ride together once again (of course along with their servants) to save their country. However, this time they are older and not nearly as funny.

A lot of the book is missing the humour that made the first book one of my favourite reads. The comradeship does not actually begin for a hundred plus pages and even then, something seems to be missing.

The ch
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GoldGato
Nov 08, 2011 GoldGato rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dumas was the master of truly getting the reader so involved in the narrative, that we forget we are long past the age of swordplay. As the second volume in the Musketeer collection, Dumas brings us back together with the main characters while focusing on La Fronde, the French Civil War that raged as Louis XIV was coming of age. Athos, Porthos, and Aramis return, along with D'Artagnan of course, and we also see where Dumas is going with the future, as Raoul is introduced.

While the original Thre
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John
Mar 01, 2013 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If he's not the greatest writer that ever lived, he's in the top five. I've read 3 of his books in the past year and all 3, The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo and now, Twenty Years After, are 3 of my favorite of all time (The Count is in my top 3, if not the top). Twenty Years After takes place 20 years after the end of The Three Musketeers. Our 4 heroes are a bit older, but just as heroic, faithful and downright fun to follow!!! Pick this up and I guarantee you won't put it down qu ...more
Valerio  Rossetti
Sono al quarto libro e per la prima volta inizio seriamente a rendermi conto dei difetti di Dumas. I suoi libri sono eccessivamente lunghi, i personaggi alle volte eccessivamente piatti, e le ripetizioni vanno ben oltre l'eccessivo(un pò come me adesso, che ho inserito eccessivo e suoi derivati già 4 volte in un unico periodo), specialmente di aggettivi e situazioni, quali il sospirare o il ricadere sconfitto sulla sedia. Detto questo (nulla di nuovo, basta leggere il saggio che Eco ha fatto sul ...more
Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
Apr 05, 2013 Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas is the second book in what is now knows as the d’Artagnan Romances (the first being The Three Musketeers and the third being The Vicomte de Bragelonne). As in the previous book, the novel was serialized in 1845 before being published in book format.

The novel’s plot is complicated and would take more than a few lines to sum up. The son of “Milady”, the two-faced Mazarin smuggle the young king and his mother from Paris which is becoming hostile to the crown.

I
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Misfit
Aug 20, 2008 Misfit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been twenty years since the close of The Three Musketeers, and only D'Artagnan remains in service to the French Crown. Richelieu is dead and his protege Mazarin now holds the power behind the throne. Anne of Austria rules as regent for her young son, and civil war threatens France.

D'Artagnan is sent to bring the Musketeers out of retirement, but they find themselves at odds between the two sides in the civil unrest. D'Artagnan wants to be promoted to captain and Porthos who wants to be a b
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Old-Barbarossa
Nov 29, 2015 Old-Barbarossa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great sequel to The Three Musketeers. All older, but not necessarily wiser.
More complex plot.
A civil war in Britain and one simmering in France; vengance; betrayal; mixed loyalties; horses ridden to death in the chase. And these gents drink...lost count of the number of bottles of wine that are consumed. They don't like the ale in England much though. But this thirst for fine wine proves to be a boon later in the story.
Who is the mendicant friar that D'Artagnan recognises?
Mordaunt is a force of
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Sam
Dec 09, 2010 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, adventure
Just as good as the original but in it's own way this book sees us rejoin with D'Artagnan, Portos, Athos and Aramis two decades after the Three Musketeers at a time of civil unrest, disobedience and war. We follow the four friends as they travel their seperate paths to England and the attempt by a brewer's son to de-throne Charles I bringing them face to face with their past in the form of Mordaunt, the son of Milady, bent of revenge for what he sees as his mother's murder. Although the four fri ...more
Blanka
Jun 19, 2009 Blanka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book was definitely a good read, but there were a lot of things about it that i didn't like as much as the three musketeers. for example, the fact that the four became separated because of all the political technicalities and all the depressing affairs of Charles I. :/ this book got way more political than the three musketeers did and it was kind of a chore to read it if you will. anyway... i still recommend it if one is familiar with the characters and their background because just to be a ...more
Natasha
Oh yes, I really enjoyed reading this. I read "The Three Musketeers" some years ago and it felt like coming back. It didn't matter at all that the characters were twenty years older. They were still very much the same, except maybe Aramis, whom I liked even better in this volume. I love the way the freindship between the four men is portrayed. From today's point of view one would even say there might be more than friendship between them, but of course male friendship was seen in a different way ...more
Clint
Jul 04, 2011 Clint rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This was better than The Three Musketeers, though kind of different. D'artagnan is a lot less charismatic in this book; he's older and more cynical and seems to care a lot more about money than he did before. And Athos, always a sentimental wuss, is even more so now. You keep wanting to say, "Dude, man the fuck up and kill that son of a bitch," but he's always like, "No, D'artagnan, we mustn't kill him," and then goes to the corner of the whatever room they're in and starts turning pale and biti ...more
Orient
Jan 30, 2016 Orient rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Buvo įdomu vėl sugrįžti prie Muškietininkų po 20 metų (beveik panašiai tiek laukiau, kol netyčia atradau šią knygą goodreads), tačiau neužkabino knyga. "Trys muškietinikai" įtraukė nuo pat pirmo puslapio, buvo daug veiksmo ir kovų. O ši startavo laaaaaabbbbbbaaaaaai lėtai. Omg, visos tos Prancūzijos politikos subtilybės. Ir užtruko kokius 200 puslapių kol susirinko visa ketveriukė. Ir tadam, pagaliau tai ko laukiau. Bet labiau išvargino knyga, nei paliko įspūdį.
Fanda Kutubuku
This is the sequel of The Three Musketeers, depicted the four musketeers after twenty years of separation. Only d'Artagnan who was still serving the Kingdom (now ruled by Anne of Austria--because King Louis XIV was still a boy, together with Cardinal Mazarin). Athos and Porthos have live quietly in their chateau, while Aramis served the Church as an abbe.

Dumas plotting them all to have a bittersweet reunion, this time they were at two opposite sides, and must went through disputes and trusting c
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Virginia
Jun 27, 2015 Virginia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'E quei quattro uomini erano uniti, voi dite?'
'Come se fossero stati uno solo, come se i quattro cuori avessero battuto in un solo petto... e perciò, che cosa non fecero quei quattro!'
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This note regards Alexandre Dumas, père, the father of Alexandre Dumas, fils (son). For the son, see Alexandre Dumas.

Alexandre Dumas, père (French for "father", akin to Senior in English), born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie, was a French writer, best known for his numerous historical novels of high adventure which have made him one of the most widely read French authors in the world. Many of his no
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