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Ten Years Later (The D'Artagnan Romances #3.1)

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The Vicomte de Bragelonne opens an epic adventure which continues with Louise de La Valliere and reaches its climax in The Man in the Iron Mask. This new edition of the classic translation presents a key episode in the Musketeers saga, fully annotated and with an introduction by a leading Dumas scholar."
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Phil
I can 't believe how much I've been enjoying my rash of Dumas novels lately. I've read the first three D'Artagnan novels in quick succession and cannot recommend them highly enough. This is Volume One of the last book (sometimes referred to as Ten Years Later) to be followed by Louise de Valliere and The Man in the Iron Mask. Of course the novel wasn't originally intended to be split in this way, so the ending tails away a little as we leave the intrigues of Athos and D'Artagnan to put Charles I...more
Ben
I finished it! It took me longer to complete this book than it did War and Peace! I should reconsider my obsessive compulsion toward unabridged literature and my inability to accept a blemish on my record of consecutive completed reads. This book just dragged on and on and on and on and...

As the third installment of the d'Artagnan Romances, this book serves as a transition from the notorious three musketeers and their Gascon friend to the lives of other French and English characters - youth usur...more
Judy
Although this book is titled Vicomte de Bragelonne, there is very little about Raoul. There is a chapter of two in the beginning, a couple in the middle and a few at the end, all the plot in between has nothing to do with him. In fact, with the exception of D'artagnan, there isn't much about any of the musketeers. Athos gets the most attention. Porthos and Aramis don't get any significant attention until about 2/3rds of the way through the book. In spite of this, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I...more
K.
Nov 07, 2009 K. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventure lovers
Shelves: french-lit
Great addition to "Three Musketeers Series." Can't wait to get on to the next, but I must.

Thought it was amusing that the title's namesake didn't really appear much in the book until the end. And it was actually quite a cliffhanger at the end there.

I like the characters even more as they age. They're all in their late 50's now. I like their mature selves and the more mature reflections they make. I love this description of D'Artagnan at this period of his life:

"He had all the passions, all th...more
Reni
This volume is something of a mixed bag. In this first part of the four volume translation of the final book of Dumas' musketeer saga, we are not only introduced to a host of new characters, but also encounter a lot of different themes and plot-threads, some of which intersted me more than others (which accounts for the less than stellar, but still satisfied rating).

Predictably I was the most fond of d'Artagnan and Athos' trip to England, as the respective chapters read very much like they coul...more
Jenny J
I confess to strong bias: Dumas is my favorite author. Even when his prose is at its purplest, it makes my heart beat a little faster.

Book 1 in The Vicomte de Bragelonne (a single LONG work broken into three books, of which this is the first, that culminates in and ends the Musketeer Saga with The Man in the Iron Mask) was excellent. D'Artagnan, who has always seemed flamboyantly over-cocky, is more grown-up now, and the power-mad Cardinal Richelieu has been replaced with the power-mad Mazarin...more
Phoebes
Meraviglioso, questo libro!!!
Già dalle prime pagine Dumas mi ha affascinato, è stato un piacere ritrovare la sua ironia! Caspita, quanto m’era mancato, e quanto mi mancherà ancora di più adesso!
Da chi l’aveva già letto, ho sempre sentito parlare bene di questo romanzo, qualcuno anzi lo considera il migliore della trilogia. In effetti devo dire che tutte le lodi sono ampiamente confermate, e sinceramente non me l’aspettavo! Non mi aspettavo che un libro così lungo, e che viene dopo due romanzi...more
Ensiform
Edited (from "the classic translation") and richly annotated by David Coward. This Oxford World's Classics edition contains an Introduction, a Chronology of Dumas' life, a List of Historical Characters and the aforementioned annotation.

Since these 658 pages make up only one third of the entire continuing saga, it's hard to rate this book: it breaks off abruptly, with Athos about to go take revenge on a slanderer. A lot happens in this segment, most notably the restoration of Charles II to the En...more
Irene
Jan 23, 2013 Irene rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to read all of the D'Artagnan Romances
Shelves: fiction
Okay, at this point, I think I need to be clear about what series I am reading and commenting on. The D'Artagnan Romances were all originally published as serials, and they were later published in book form as a trilogy:

Book 1: The Three Musketeers
Book 2: Twenty Years After
Book 3: Ten Years Later

Apparently, Ten Years Later is such a tome that it has been further split into 3, 4, or 5 volumes, depending on the publisher. I am reading a set of FREE ebooks available on Amazon.com, and this series...more
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Kim
I really dragged myself through this one. It was a good exercise for improving my French but I have to say I was disappointed. Boring. Lacking the feel of excitement he was able to instill in me from the original "Three Musketeers". I don't know if I'll read the sequel, at least not for a very long time. I'll probably skip it and read something else by him, or just go on to another French author. Perhaps I'm just done with Dumas.
Matt Magee
This very well may have been a fantastic story, but I am rating my experience of reading it, and this edition in the three musketeers saga was way too long-winded and slow-developing to keep my interest, even though I read the whole book. It has been a long while since I've read it, to be fair, but my memories of reading it involve pain. If you are more patient than I was, then perhaps it will turn out to be a fun story for you.
Procyon Lotor
Il lungo addio Terzo ed ultimo romanzo delle avventure incominciate coi tre moschettieri, proseguite vent'anni dopo e terminate dopo altri quindici anni. Ovviamente, ragazzi diventati uomini ben oltre la mezz'et�, e in tempi metallici dove un anno ne pesava per tre odierni, dovranno usare sempre meno la spada per affilare invece lingua e sinapsi. Poco pubblicizzato, vende forse un sesto del primo e met� del secondo, chiaro caso o di saga che va assai perdendosi in idee scarse, deboli e riciclate...more
Valentina Fumagalli
Confesso la mia ignoranza: non avevo assolutamente idea che la saga dei tre moschettieri fosse una trilogia, pensavo che il primo fosse un libro a sé stante, che avevo letto anni fa, e che ho riletto recentemente. Poi ho scoperto che esistevano anche "Vent'anni dopo" e "Il visconte di Bragelonne", e me li sono procurati subito.
Devo dire che quest'ultimo, "Il visconte di Bragelonne", secondo la mia opinione è in assoluto il migliore dei tre, persino del primo. I nostri quattro moschettieri sono...more
Sableamy
the 3rd in the "3 musketeer" trilogy. very philosophic. dumas writes such interesting historical novels.
Giovanna
Che delusione. Dumas è forse il mio autore preferito e finora non avevo mai dato a un suo libro meno di quattro stelline. Mai mi sarei immaginata che ne avrei date solo tre a Il Visconte di Bragelonne, un libro teoricamente dedicato a D'Artagnan. Il problema alla fine è stato proprio questo: Il Visconte di Bragelonne non si può definire un libro dedicato a lui. Le avventure rocambolesche e i duelli spariti, eliminati per lasciare più spazio a insipidi intrighi di corte. Almeno D'Artagnan fosse s...more
Erica
The third D'Artagnan Romance is somewhat arbitrarily broken up, so my review of the first three (or is it two?) parts will probably be pretty similar. (Part 4, "The Man in the Iron Mask," is more familiar as a separate story and I have seen the movie, so I may have something more to say about that one.) In fact, it really feels more like I'm reading the equivalent of a TV show spanning several seasons, as is often the case with classic serialized novels. There are story arcs, but everything kind...more
Luis Suarez
El ultimo libro de la mejor saga de aventuras de los libros clasicos (supera muchas de las modernas), el unico defecto que le veo es que es muy largo, son 4 (cuatro) tomos en que tenemos la misma dosis de humor y aventuras de los personajes de los libros de la saga. El unico que no me gusto fue el tomo de La Vallerie porque no me gusta el genero romance, pero al haber sido Luisa de La Vallerie amante del rey Luis XIV, era necesario que se narraran esos sucesos, en que toma un gran protogonismo e...more
Elisabetta
There's so much in this book that writing a review is not easy! The books starts about 12 years after the second of the series, and the musketeers are all separated, everyone busy in his own life. It's a bulge book, so get prepared to read about a huge quantity of adventures, the first of which is about the reign of Charles II. The musketeers have the chance to meet again by chance, and the first part is also quite amusing :) Then the book is mostly concerned about Mazzarino's death and the subs...more
Alessa Adamo
The edition I read ended the series of D'Artagnan romances. Other versions may not include the last third of this version which includes the edition titled "The Man in The Iron Mask". This being the last in the series, I knew I would go through withdrawals when I finished. I've been reading the series, starting with "The Three Musketeers" since the beginning of this year. It's as if I've been living with D'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis. Withdrawal was not near what I experienced when finis...more
Misfit
This book is part one of a three part series, the next two being the Louise de la Valliere, and the final being the more well known Man in the Iron Mask. I understand this was originally one HUGE book, but is now more commonly broken up into these three books.

This book starts about ten years from where Twenty Years After ended. Although the book is titled the Vicomte de Bragelonne (who is the son of Athos), we don't see much of him except for the first and last parts of the book. The rest is fi...more
Anna
Another great classic by Dumas. However, I definitely still prefer his better-known works, such as "The Count of Monte Cristo". As a matter of interest, if you are a fan of "The Count", you must take a look at these fantastic new sequels to the original, written by the mysterious "Holy Ghost Writer". They are written in the same style as Alexandre Dumas' original, and are equally as gripping. Titled "The Sultan of Monte Cristo" (Book II) http://www.amazon.com/The-Sultan-Mont... and "That Girl St...more
Terezia
Alexandre Dumas reuseste sa creeze o adevarata lume plina de consipratii, intrigi, cochetarii si aventuri, unde realitatea se imbina in mod armonios cu fictiunea.
Trilogia, in care sunt relatate aventurile celor patru faimosi muschetari, intrece, cu siguranta, serialele de azi. Suspansul e prezent aproape in fiecare capitol, iar intrigile prezentate te indeamna mereu sa citesti mai departe.
D'Artagnan, Athos, Pothos si Aramis sunt construiti in asa fel incat autorul iti da impresia ca vor fi mereu...more
Andrea Ika
It's the longest of the trilogy by far (it's around 250 chapters), and though not as action paced or as entertaining as the rest of the D'Artagnan romances (the 3 musketeers, 20 years after), is a very compelling book.
Only for those who have already read and enjoyed the Three Musketeers. A bit hard to get through because of the focus on Politics, but fun as a history piece and if you can follow the various plots and subplots (Note this is the first part three, followed by Louise de la Valiere th...more
Joe Foley
Well, it begun quite sharp and lulled-off near the end- That is to say, that this first book in the cluster of installments in the Vicomte De Bragelonne. It is the longest segment in the Dumas’ D’Artagnan series and it encompasses 3 to 4 books. (Depending on the publisher.) The Oxford World’s Classics editions are split into 3; The Vicomte De Bragelonne, which is the one I have finished is then followed by Louise De Vallière and lastly, dramatically, the official D’Artagnan romances closes with...more
Caitlin Mininger
It's somewhat difficult to rate this book appropriately because it's only the first part of the English translation of Le Vicomte de Bragelonne. Dumas didn't intend for it to be a book on its own, and so the ending, due to the intervention of the translator, is artificial and lacks a climax.
Nevertheless, The Vicomte de Bragelonne constitutes an admirable continuation of the D'Artagnan Romances. Dumas once again demonstrates his incredible ability to tell a story, still coupled with his amusin...more
Robert Sheppard
THE THREE MUSKETEERS ROMANCES—-FROM THE WORLD LITERATURE FORUM RECOMMENDED CLASSICS AND MASTERPIECES SERIES VIA GOODREADS—-ROBERT SHEPPARD, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Alexandre Dumas is one of the great mythmakers of modern Western Literature. The Three Musketeers saga is of course a thrilling tale of adventure known to almost everyone through film if not by firsthand reading, and its over one-hundred film adaptations testify to its grip on the popular imagination. Having read the entire Musketeer saga of D...more
Alina
A most excellent return to the beloved heroes of this amazing saga. It does not matter that the four inseparables are now getting along in their years, they are all just as epic as before. D’Artagnan once more shows his character (especially when giving the young Louis XIV a much needed lesson) and then undertakes a devilishly clever affair in England, in the favor of Charles II. Athos is his ever noble, larger than life and twice as wonderful self and every page that contains him is bound to be...more
Old-Barbarossa
This review is for the whole of VdB or 10YL.
So OK, it’s split into 3 books in English, I read the Oxford translations as they were the only ones I could find.
Not Dumas at his best, but still very good in parts. The start and ending being standout points for me. The portrayal of our old friends and their changed, and at times strained, relationships.
The whole second book though is like a high-school farce with folk falling for each other or being spurned; conversations overheard/misheard; social...more
rinabeana
This book is listed on Wikipedia as one of the longest novels ever written and I can understand that! It took me a long time to read, partly because I didn't have huge stretches of time to devote to it and partly because it was massive. The book is often split into three to four parts, including The Vicomte de Bragelonne, Ten Years Later, Louise de la Vallière, and The Man in the Iron Mask. I didn't find the first three parts nearly as captivating as the last chapter in the saga of the Musketeer...more
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This note regards Alexandre Dumas, père, the father of Alexandre Dumas, fils (son). For the son, see Alexandre Dumas.

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“He has not recovered the blow?" said he to Athos.

He is struck to death."

Oh! your fears exaggerate, I hope. Raoul is of a tempered nature. Around all hearts as noble as his, there is a second envelope that forms a cuirass. The first bleeds, the second resists."

No," replied Athos, "Raoul will die of it."

_Mordioux!_" said D'Artagnan, in a melancholy tone. And he did not add a word to this exclamation. Then, a minute after, "Why do you let him go?"

Because he insists on going."

And why do you not go with him?"

Because I could not bear to see him die.”
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“D'Artagnan looked his friend earnestly in the face. "You know one
thing," continued the comte, leaning upon the arm of the captain; "you
know that in the course of my life I have been afraid of but few things.
Well! I have an incessant gnawing, insurmountable fear that an hour will
come in which I shall hold the dead body of that boy in my arms.”
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