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The Queen's Necklace (The Marie Antoinette Romances #2)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  805 ratings  ·  19 reviews
"The Queen's Nicklace" dramatizes an unsavory incident in the 1780s at the court of King Louis XVI of France involving the King'swife, Marie Antoinette. Her reputation was already tarnished by gossip and scandal, and her implication in a crime involving a stolen necklace became one of the major turning-points of public opinion against the monarchy, which eventually culmina ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published April 12th 2007 by Wildside Press (first published 1850)
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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre DumasSpirit of Lost Angels by Liza PerratThe Three Musketeers by Alexandre DumasA Tale of Two Cities by Charles DickensThe Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot
Historical Fiction - France
11th out of 192 books — 152 voters
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupéryThe Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre DumasMadame Bovary by Gustave FlaubertLes Misérables by Victor HugoThe Stranger by Albert Camus
Classic French Literature
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Terry
Apr 05, 2012 Terry rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dumas fans
3.5 - 4 stars

Balsamo is back and, after a hiatus of 10 years and the adoption of a new identity (le Comte de Cagliostro), he is ready to begin anew his efforts at bringing down the throne of France. The action centres around Marie Antoinette (painted quite positively by Dumas) and the infamous affair of the diamond necklace. This tangled intrigue revolves around the fabulous necklace, worth 1.5 million francs according to Dumas, and the varied attempts by different intriguers to ensure that the
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Abdullah

أن لا تشعر بالملل خلال مايزيد عن الألف صفحة ، لا شك أن هذا العمل عظيم.
لا شك أيضاً أنه على شيء من المتعة و التشويق فلم أشأ أن أغامر في قراءة عمل ملحمي و ضخم قبل أن أكون في تمام جاهزيتي . قراءة الأعمال الكبيرة تحتاج إلى عزم و جدية و لهذا تناولته لمجرد قراءة المقدمة فإذا بي أصل للصفحة 100 دون أن أشعر. الكسندر ينتمي إلى الحقبة الكلاسيكية الرومانسية و لقد عمل في البلاط الملكي و هو يتحدر من أصول نبيلة و لذا نجد أن أبطاله دائماً من الطبقات البرجوازية و الرواية بالمناسبة لا تدين ماري انطوانيت و هي بالم
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Lona
يبقى لأغلب الكلاسيكيات سحر خاص يصعب تفسيره فتبقى صامدة عبر التاريخ لا تبارح قائمة الروائع؛ فبقدر كرهي لجميع شخوص هذه الرواية، أحببت الرواية


جميل هو ذلك الشعور الذي تمنحه لنا القراءة بكوننا نقترب لنشاهد جنون ومجون ومعاناة وتهريج و.. و..إلخ مجموعة من البشر دون أن يصيبنا شيء من ذلك سوى المتعة الخالصة


رواية لطيفة خفيفة بغض النظر عن طولها تصلح للترويح عن النفس بعد فترة من القراءات الدسمة
Misfit
A mediocre translation or was Dumas having a bad-book day? Inquiring minds want to know, although I'm going to lean towards the former. The Queen's Necklace begins ten years after the close of Memoirs of a Physician, as France recovers from the grips of a deadly winter and Marie Antoinette takes pity on Jeanne de Valois who claims to be descended from the Valois side of the monarchy, albeit from the wrong side of the blanket. Jeanne soon takes up with Cardinal de Rohan who in an effort to ingrat ...more
Aoife
First it should be noted that this is the second book in a series (Memoirs of a Physician/The Marie Antoinette Romances) and it's certainly a good idea to read them in order. You don't have to as each contains a separate story but there is the occasional allusion to events from the past book that can be confusing.

Shortly before I read this one I read a non-fiction on the diamond necklace affair (How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette and the Diamond Necklace Affair. Highly recommendable by the wa
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Realini
The Queen’s Necklace by Alexander Dumas
TIME TRAVEL
Amusement and Deceit

I was reading the other day in The Economist about The Queen’s Necklace and I was flabbergasted:
- What is this teenager, rather silly Dumas story doing here?!
- After all, the Economist is a serious, posh news magazine!
- It turns out, the plot is the same, but the interpretation is a new one.
- And the paper decided to have a review of the same old story, told by a new author
I am not sure if a spoiler alert is in order here…I am
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Christa
One of my favorite Dumas, the little-read "Le Collier de la Reine" (The Queen's Necklace) is a prime example of Dumas-style adventure. One of the things I love about it the most is the unusually sensitive portrayal of the French royal family just before the Revolution. A great book to read before diving into the "Chevalier de Mason-Rouge" (The Knight of Mason-Rouge), but somewhat difficult to find in print.
Laura
This plot deserves a four – hands down. Dumas was a wonderful person for hitting upon breath-taking, multi-faceted plots. But………

The aesthetics were off. Just about every man in the book was in love with the Queen (except her brothers, thank heaven!). Marital infidelity was treated with a flippant turn of a phrase.

Also bizarre was the element of alchemy. M. Cagliostro claimed to have been alive for approximately 4,000 years (!?!). His youth (at age forty) was preserved by an ‘elixir’ of which h
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Carol Spears
I read this because it is next in a series starting with Balsamo, the Magician.

It wasn't as good as the two (which is only one in some printings "Memoir's of a Physcian") that came before it.
Azkia4iran
در اين داستان جذاب، دختري بنام «نيكول» كه خوانندگان كتاب «ژزف بالسامو» بخوبي با شخصيت و روحيات وي آشنا مي‌باشند، ناخواسته وارد ماجرايي مي‌شود كه اولين تكان اساسي را بر پيكرهء امپراطوري فرانسه و كاخ نشينان ورساي وارد مي‌آورد. شباهت اين دختر با ملكهء وقت فرانسه، ماري آنتوان به حدي زياد است كه حتي عاشقان سينه چاك ملكه را نيز به اشتباه مي‌اندازد. در ماجراي سرقت گردنبند، ژوزف بالسامو كه حال نام خود را به «كنت كاگليسترو» تغيير داده است، نقشي اساسي بازي مي‌كند
Ivonne Sanchez segura
Great Dumas style, specially if you like Hisoric novels. Obviousley is just a versión of the real necklace affair and you can see that Dumas was on the Queen's side, but the autor can be partial with his characters. Loved all the sories around the main story, ut I hadn't read Balsamo's story so I didn´t understand some things quite a bit. But I love Dumas, one of my favorite authors
Krisette Spangler
This book bored me to distraction. I know this is a true event from history, but I just didn't think the queen would talk and behave in that fashion. I also got sick of every man in the novel being so in love with the queen, he was half mad. If you really want to read Dumas at his best, pick up The Count of Monte Cristo and skip this one.
ruzmarì
Complex, intricate and ornate, a novel that makes you sympathetic toward royalty even as you're applauding the commoners for their brave step toward alliance. A narrative tour-de-force with a real polyphonic style and a sweeping gaze over France of the 18th century. My favorite Dumas, "Queen's Necklace" in English.
Anne
Nov 27, 2010 Anne rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Brutal. Way more pomp and circumstance than I can plumb in this day and age. But knowing the ultimate destination of the fate's-toy, Marie Antoinette, coupled with her loving treatment in this temporary sea of conspiracy = brutal.
Sara
Alexandre Dumas is one of my favorite authors. I can't out his books down - they are fun and keep you on the edge of your seat, plus the time period they are all set in in my favorite.
Anna
Another book by Alecandre Dumas about episodes from French history. This time characters have to rescue the Queen, Marie Antoinette, by finding stolen necklace. Good as always.
Anna
I got incredibly bored. This is the first time it happens to me with a Dumas book. I should try again later.
DeeDee 3kk
so sad
to be a queen and been played off
and no one believes you
so sad
i love this story
Cat McMahon
I love Alexandre Dumas' books, and the Queen's Necklace was a page turner.
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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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