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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 1843)
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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...more
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
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...more
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...more
Apr 12, 2009 Daniel rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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 too have breakfast...more
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 plann...more
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
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...more
Oct 21, 2011 Mariel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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
Anna  Matsuyama
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.
Bill  Kerwin

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...more
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...more
Jun 17, 2012 Werner rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Amanda Nelson
The Three Musketeers should really be called The Three Musketeers Plus the Other Young Scamp Who Follows Them Everywhere because it's really more about D'Artagnan, a 19 year old provincial hot-head who YEARNS to join the king's musketeers. HE YEARNS.

So, off to Paris he goes, getting into duels and whatnot. He meets the three ACTUAL musketeers (Athos, Porthos and Aramis), befriends them, and they have All The Adventures. There's a good bit of dueling/sword fighting/swashbuckling type violence, bu...more
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...more
Nathan C.
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...more
Se credessi nella reincarnazione passerei tutta la vita a far la buona solo per chiedere poi all'eventuale divinità di turno di reincarnarmi in un oggetto, ma non in un oggetto qualsiasi, bensì nella penna di Alexandre Dumas. La penna che ha fatto da aiutante al lavoro imponente e magnifico di questo Scrittore che, al pari di un tenore sul palco, è capace di sublimare il lettore con la forza della sua narrazione.
La storia di Dumas ha il sapore del ‘C’era una volta’ condita a sapienza con la forz...more
Idolum theatri

Gli idoli non si giudicano, si venerano o si abbattono.
"I Tre Moschettieri" è un idolo letterario.
Opere, un po' come la Gioconda, che stanno al di fuori, o al di là, della critica, ormai radicate così profondamente nella memoria di tutti (tutti per uno, ovviamente).
Certo, ci sono difetti che un lettore contemporaneo potrebbe trovare al libro, le tante ingenuità (ma all'epoca dei fatti narrati chissà come andavano le cose).
Ma, come per certi film, su tutto domina la bellezza malefi...more
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
In all honesty, I didn't even want to read this book. It wasn't even on my to-read shelf, and I've been getting better about looking that over and reading what's on there before I read something on the fly. Ok, that's probably not true, I still suck at that...

But anyway, I didn't want to read this. I wanted to read The Count of Monte Cristo, but I want to read that with people, but there's no one to read it with. A lot of my book club peeps have already read it, so they're out - and they're the...more
Fotooh Jarkas
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...more
Written for the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament

The bout is on. It is The Count of Monte Cristo vs The Three Musketeers. It promises to be a hail-biter as all are expert fencers. At first, three against one appears to be unfair yet The Count holds his own. Parry, thrust, parry thrust. The three musketeers seems to be in a draw despite their three to one fire power. Yet the count is weakening. It is unlikely that he can hold up much longer to the constant triple attack.

But out of nowhere...more
Crazy Uncle Ryan
If your whole concept of The Three Musketeers comes from that nincompoopish little farce that Disney made a few years ago than you really know nothing about this great story. The Three Musketeers is an exceptional piece of historical fiction filled with political intrigue, great heroes and sinister villains. What it doesn’t have is an overabundance of slapstick jokes, “Porthos the Pirate,” a wimply Lady DeWinter, the nauseating overuse of the line “all for one and one for all” (they say it exact...more
Anastasia si rapporta con le creaturine (ma che ine, one!) di Dumas.

I due fratellini Dumas - chiamati I tre moschettieri e Il conte di Montecristo - sono praticamente coetanei, anche se io additerei Edmond Dantés come quello che l'aria del fratello maggiore.
E all'alba del 15 Luglio io tornavo a casa Dumas dopo praticamente un anno esatto dalla sosta estiva a Montecristo.. insieme ad uno dei personaggi che ho più amato nella mia ancora esigua carriera di lettrice. Il Conte, Il Conte..lo consider...more
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
Dramatisation of the tale of swashbuckling and political intrigue at the court of King Louis XIII.

I loved to watch this old version The Three Musketeers (1948)


Lana Turner ... Lady de Winter
Gene Kelly ... D'Artagnan
June Allyson ... Constance
Van Heflin ... Athos
Angela Lansbury ... Queen Anne
Frank Morgan ... King Louis XIII
Vincent Price ... Richelieu
Keenan Wynn ... Planchet
John Sutton ... The Duke of Buckingham
Gig Young ... Porthos
Robert Coote ... Aramis
Abridged books should be banned.(I'd read and not been much impressed with that version before) This was my foremost thought after starting with this adventure.
It was a wonderful read, full of wit and wisdom, packed with adventure, duels, political intrigue, jolly debauchery and suchlike. 16th century France was an exciting but dangerous place to be, especially if one were involved in politics and religion c.f. Louis XI I I and cardinal Richelieu. There was double crossing, use of vile feminin...more
Patrizia O
Scrivere su “I tre moschettieri” è certo un’impresa ardua: si tratta di un classico che ha affascinato i lettori di cinque generazioni. Ho iniziato questo libro con un certo scetticismo, sicura che l’avrei trovato una lettura abbastanza noiosa. Invece, tra un duello e una macchinazione di Richelieu, la storia mia ha catturato. Ho letto le vicende di Porthos, Aramis, Athos e D’Artagnan con interesse ma, comunque, senza grandi passioni ma se mi fate la domanda: “Vale la pena leggere I tre moschet
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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...more
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