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The Three Musketeers (The D'Artagnan Romances #1)

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Perhaps the greatest “cloak and sword” story ever written, The Three Musketeers, first published ion 1844, is a tale for all time. Pitting the heroic young d’Artagnan and his noble compatriots, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis against the master of intrigue, Cardinal Richelieu, and the quintessential wicked woman, Lady de Winter, Alexandre Dumas has created an enchanted France o ...more
Paperback, 635 pages
Published June 1st 1984 by Bantam Classics (first published 1844)
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Ragna I read it when I was 13/14 and immediately read Twenty Years After (Sequel). Honestly, if your son liked The Count of Monte Cristo, it would be a…moreI read it when I was 13/14 and immediately read Twenty Years After (Sequel). Honestly, if your son liked The Count of Monte Cristo, it would be a surprise if he didn't like/get The Three Musketeers.(less)
David I haver read both this edition and one in the original French. As far as I can tell this edition is not abridged, but the dalliance of d'Artagnan with…moreI haver read both this edition and one in the original French. As far as I can tell this edition is not abridged, but the dalliance of d'Artagnan with Lady de Winter was mildly bowdlerized. Not enough to worry about in my opinion.(less)

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Madeline
I thought that Queen Margot couldn't be topped. I should have known better.
Honestly, I do not have enough space to fully explain all the ways I adore this book. But I'll try to condense it.
-First, the four main characters. Love, love, love, and more love. Aramis and Porthos - the Merry and Pippin of the group, if you'll excuse the extremely dorkish LOTR cross-reference - made me laugh; D'Artagnan was charming even though (or maybe because) he had multiple moments where, were I in the story, I
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Manny
This is a kick-ass novel, and I am indeed kicking my own ass for not having read it earlier. I'm ashamed to say that I thought it was a children's book. My wife indignantly refuses any responsibility for my mistake... as she points out, it's entirely my fault if I drew the wrong inferences from the fact that her mother read it aloud to her as an eight year old. It turns out, on closer examination of the facts, that Elisabeth's mom must have skipped about a quarter of the text - but I digress. No ...more
Brad
Jan 19, 2015 Brad rated it it was amazing
This is going to take some explaining, but my guiltiest pleasure when it comes to books is Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers.

I hear you saying, "How on Earth can that be a guilty pleasure?" I know. It's a recognized classic. It has far reaching pop culture impact.It's considered one of the greatest adventures ever written. It has two of the most memorable "villains" in literature; it has four kick ass action heroes. It has sword fights, romance, intrigue, and most people think it has big lau
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Bill  Kerwin
Feb 04, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is not the most profound of novels, but it may be the most compelling. Many of its sequences--the Diamond Studs, Milady's seduction of Felton, the attempt of The Three to rescue Constance--move with remarkable rapidity. More notable than these, however, is the entire exposition, something many novelists have found to be a thankless chore, if not a stumbling block. It occupies a full sixty pages, 10% of the book, and, although it covers much ground--the introduction of our hero, the two prin
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Lisa
Sep 09, 2007 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I was a Physicist, I would explain it like this: Athos, Porthos and Aramis are like the protons in an atom. D'Artagnan the neutrons that stabilize it. Actually, this would mean they are Lithium. So, keep them away from water. Or else...unfortunately the King sends them on an expedition to the isles. Now, they would have to cross the channel to get there, would they not?
On their way, however, it shows that rivers and winecellars are no good either.
action - reaction. Everybody under their desk
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Peter
Apr 23, 2015 Peter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Did you know there were 4 musketeers? Did you also know they were not very nice guys? One guy won't let his servant ever speak. One is having an affair with a married woman, and ridicules her for gifts she buys him. Another can't decide whether to have an affair or be a priest, but constantly pinches his ears to make them a more attractive color. Since they don't seem to be paid much to be musketeers they are constantly grifting off of other people. One of their brave deeds is to have breakfast ...more
Daniel
Apr 12, 2009 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
I've had more fun reading "The Three Musketeers" than I've had with any book in a long time, and my only regret is that I didn't find my way to Dumas sooner. It's bursting with swordplay, political intrigue, romance, fortunes won and lost, mistresses kept and stolen, poisoned wine, devious nobility, and vengeance sought and attained. What more could a reader ask for? While "The Three Musketeers" isn't the most intellectually challenging book ever written -- though it does offer, in passing, the ...more
Jessica
Well, it was no Count of Monte Cristo, but it was still exciting and dramatic. I was much more into the second half, when it starts focusing on the diabolical Lady de Winter. One disappointment was that I had always envisioned the Three Musketeers to be noble, just, Robin Hood-type characters. It turns out that, though brave, they are quite selfish and immoral, and tend to murder people with little provocation. None of the musketeers was very likable to me. Women also don't fare very well here a ...more
J.G. Keely
Remarkable book. I have been, on occasion, accused of some sort of self-set elitism which suffuses my opinions and critiques on literature. It seems people are often more likely to think one has an ulterior motive for liking or not liking a book rather than looking at the presented arguments. In any case, I would posit this book as the countermand to that sentencing. It is not a literary book, as such, as it does not place itself in a deep referential or metaphorical state. Though it is certainl ...more
Manny
For the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament, The Lord of the Rings (2) versus Les Trois Mousquetaires (31)
Three musketeers for the elven kings under the sky
Seven for the dwarf-lords in their halls of stone
Nine for mortal man, doomed to die
One for Cardinal Richelieu
It's a beautiful afternoon here at the Coliseum, and they're cleaning up after the Lions v Christians fixture... Christians lost as usual, ha ha... everyone's looking forward to the main event, we hear they've got a surprise plan
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Afshar
Apr 25, 2015 Afshar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
سه تفنگدار جزو رمان هاي اسطوره اي و جاویدان است.داستان پهلوانانی كه براي هر ماجراجويي سرشان حسابي درد مي كند.در هر جايي باشند و در هر جبهه اي، اولين چيزي كه به فكرشان مي رسد دوستی و نجات جان یکدیگر است

وقايع كتاب در فرانسه و در زماني اتفاق مي افتد كه هنوز با شمشير مي توان گليم خود را از آب كشيد
لويي سيزدهم پادشاه جواني است كه هنوز قدرت زيادي ندارد و برعكس وي صدراعظم او يعني كاردينال ريشيلو پادشاه بدون تاج كشور است .دو دسته نظامي در كشور وجود دارد يك دسته تفنگداران پادشاه و دسته ديگري سربازان صدرا
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Anna Kļaviņa
Oct 04, 2015 Anna Kļaviņa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: YLTO Low Octane ABC
I'm surprised that d'Artagnan and his three friends in so many people eyes are heroes and "good" guys. Because they are not. Author has made cruelty, crime and sinful deeds OK if its done by "inseparable" friends and cloaked it in heroism and gallantry.

I had a lot what-the-heck moments. Almost every chapter.

The book is full of "Duma's occasional lapses of memory"
However the story is interesting and the book is a true page turner.
J
May 19, 2008 J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There exist in the world authors from previous eras whose characters have become so ubiquitous in the popular culture that they undergo a strange kind of infantalizing. The rather serious philosophical questions Robert Louis Stevenson posed about mind-body duality and evolution are passed over in favor of the monster story of wicked Mr. Hyde. Jonathan Swift’s venomous satires of English life are reduced to the tale of an island of little people and an island of giants.

And even as I knew this, I
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[P]
May 18, 2015 [P] rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sangdieu! This was good fun. I mean, it’s mostly dumb fun, like Get Low by Lil Jon or Tropic Thunder or AC/DC, but sometimes that is precisely what you need. Throughout 700 – wrist taxing, if not brain taxing – pages Dumas leads us, his readers, a merry dance across France [and occasionally England], without ever really acknowledging the absurdity and joyful irreverence of his narrative. Indeed, The Three Musketeers is so absurd as to approach the level of evil genius. Morbleu! Parbleu! Etc.

It’s
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Mariel
Oct 21, 2011 Mariel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: blowhard diehards
Recommended to Mariel by: swaggart braggarts
Celebrity Death Match tournament versus The Divine Comedy.
"You're in hell. This is the purgatory part but I'm here to take you back to the beginning of the inferno. Mariel has never read The Divine Comedy and it is probably a sound idea to begin from the beginning."
"So we're in hell. I take my sword from my hip and angle the blade to sight and slight my enemies from the blight of this night." Athos puts his hand on his hip as a placeholder where his holster would once have been. His other hand r
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RitaSkeeter
POSITION VACANT

The evil spy Milady has succeeded in her quest to kill those close companions, Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and the young d'Artagnan*. In death, as in life, they were all for one, and one for all

Louis, rightful King of France, has opening for new musketeers, and seeks guards fulfilling the same qualities as those of the sadly deceased.
* Must love to drink copious wine, and eat copious food.
* Must have friends to leech off when running out of money.
* Must be able to make fun of an
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Brad
I found myself back in Paris this winter because my 10 year old son, the indomitable Miloš, took on The Three Musketeers for his essay, and I read it in support. It is my sixth or seventh reading, but I haven't read it in a while so I honestly can't remember which reading it is, not that it matters. I had quite the experience this time through.

In the past I have been obsessed with the treatment of Milady de Winter -- both Dumas' treatment of her and the Musketeers' treatment of her -- but this
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Ben Babcock
Thrilled by the excellent recent adaptation by the BBC, I decided it was time to finally read The Three Musketeers. I have vague memories of borrowing a book with a yellow hardback cover from the library when I was much, much younger. But at that precocious age I found the nineteenth century language and over-the-top tropes of romance and revenge difficult to enjoy, and I don’t recall if I ever finished it. This time, I did a little research and discovered that Richard Pevear has a relatively ne ...more
Duffy Pratt
I'm surprised that no-one has done a reworking of this book with Milady and Richelieu as the heros, and the Musketeers as the villains. It wouldn't take much of a twist at all. With the exception of one event, the former are no more villainous than the latter. That is, unless, you take Dumas' word for it. In that case, Milady is pure evil, and the tale is one fit perfectly for kids. Fortunately, the story he tells is richer than the gloss the narrator sometimes tries to put on it.

Let's look at t
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Russell
Jan 13, 2008 Russell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I cruised through this book in two days (December 29,30) since I wanted to have it done before the new year. I was excited to read another Dumas book and especially this one due to the bits of pieces I've learned about it from various media spins using it over the years. I had a hard time getting into it though, I really had a hard time liking d'Artagnan. He seemed brash and brazen, belligerent and a bit of a doofus.

I continued reading because I was interested to see how things would turn out: t
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Werner
Jun 17, 2012 Werner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers interested in 19th-century classics
Note: I read this in a different edition than the above, a 1952 printing by World Publishing Co. with a serviceable four-page introduction by a Thomas Layman. It gives no information on the date or provenance of its translation.

Until this month, my acquaintance with Dumas' classic, like most people's, came strictly from our popular culture (where the musketeer motif appears everywhere from movies to candy bars!) --principally from movie adaptations of this novel and spin-offs from it. Since I've
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Hana
My copy is due back at the library and I still haven't finished it. I'm going to give it a provisional three stars because what I read I enjoyed and because the Pevear translation is very faithful to the French original. Madeline's wonderful review has me convinced that I should pick it up again when I have a long, lazy vacation ahead of me.

Richard Pevear's translation reportedly includes all the good stuff the Victorian types edited out. Perhaps that was the problem. D'Artagnan is a completely
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Joey
I want to count myself in among “ batang 90’s “ or children who were born in the 90’s because at that time , we were anxious to watch animated shows from school in the mid-morning or right after our siesta in the afternoon. One of the unforgettable anime with its immortal motto, “All for one, one for all.” was THE THREE MUSKETEERS, which I aped with my playmates. Aramis was my favorite among them. Guess why? Besides, I was stuck on the mysterious, crafty miscreant Milady. ^^

THE THREE MUSKETEERS
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Nathan C.
May 19, 2012 Nathan C. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can hardly find the words to express my contempt of this book.

There's one chapter that is just outrageously, scandalously wicked; though the rest are really no better. And "honour" just means whatever the Four think makes them look good! I started checking off their exploits and realised there's really *no* crime that is beneath them, from robbery to blackmail to rape to treachery to blasphemy... I admit that I found the first 10 chapters or so *very* interesting, but when I reached the point
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Sally
OMG OMG OMG that was seriously the most awesome fun ever! :D I'm so glad I finally did read it - the insane length kept me away for so long... 720 pages! Tiny font! But oh, it was so worth it. And I found it to also be a very engrossing read, and quite fast as well. If I hadn't been working so much I could have finished it much faster - the pages just fly by! There's a lot of dialogue, which helps. And the story is so rich and fun, such a brilliant adventure. Lots of deaths though :P I was wary ...more
Philip
Everything is better when read with others. I'm bumping this up to 4 stars.

Also, the first time I read this, I listened to it as an audiobook. It got a little confusing, and I read it as I was setting up my classroom, so I wasn't paying close enough attention to the details.

I did think, this time, that the Cardinal wasn't such a bad guy. I mean, those Musketeers were always out in the streets causing trouble, killing his men, drinking, etc... I'd be a little annoyed with them too.

Every perceived
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Warwick
Good fun. I feel after nearly 900 pages I should have something more to say about this, but it's really one of those books where Story and Event is everything and literary quality is secondary. It held my interest the whole way, though, with plenty of dashing cavaliers, heaving bosoms, secret lovers, dastardly plots, coded messages, mistaken identities, and the rest of the ingredients for an early-Romantic pot-boiler. Derring is done and swashes are buckled.

Our scene is the mid-seventeenth centu
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Alexis Hall
Four men in flouncy hats who are way into each other.

What's not to love?

(If I were a proper GR-reviewer I would deduct half a star due to the absence of the implied muskets)
Fotooh Jarkas
Feb 17, 2013 Fotooh Jarkas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, short-stories
Félicitations à moi!
Je l'ai fait: D
j'ai lu mon premier récit français, et je suis très heureuse :D :D
Je n'étais pas intéressée à l'histoire mais à la langue elle-même, j'ai donc choisi une édition spéciale adaptée en 800 mots par Henri Remachel.
Ce récit suffit de connaître la plupart du vocabulaire du ( français fondamental) pour les jeunes étudiants (comme moi ^_^)
Je pense que je vais lire d'autres récits de la même collection (textes en français facile) bientôt.

NOTE : Je sais que il ya beauco
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Holly
Dec 20, 2015 Holly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although this was equally preposterous as The Count of Monte Cristo, I sadly didn't love it quite as much. Still an enjoyable read though.
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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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