Twenty Years After (The D'Artagnan Romances #2)
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.
It's interesting though, if you wanted to find out what happended to all the characters in "The Three Musketeers", but reall...more
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 t...more
Twenty Years On is the less well-known sequel to the immensely popular The Three Musketeers. This particular edition is an old one, from a time when the translator would either wish to remain anonymous - after all, Twenty Years On is not written in Greek or Latin and is translated into simple prose - or would not be considered important enough by the publisher to receive a credit. This is why no credit is given above for the translation, which is...more
D’Artagnan has a much more defined role in this story. His Gascon sense of humor and bravery combine with a more mature mind and strong wit, pushing him into the role of de facto leader of the group. It changes the dynamics of the band of muskateers and makes d’Artangnan a more interesting character than he was in the first book.
In The Three Musketeers, D'Artagnan was establishing himself in the world a...more
I liked how in the first book d'Artagnan was 'at the age of foolish hopes'. However, the twenty years that he spent without his frien...more
20 tahun kemudian, terjadi revolusi di perancis. orang-orang paris berusaha menjatuhkan perdana menteri yaitu cardinal mazarin dan juga ratu anne of austria. jasa keempat musketeer kembali dibutuhkan. disini empat sahabat itu berpisah jalan. D'artagan yang ingin menjad...more
What do they have in common? Not much, except that I’ve read them a long, long time ago and I just happen to remember that.
My daughter just finished reading the Three Musketeers, which she enjoyed: she has finished reading them in the subway. As we travel to and from Le Lycee Francais, we spend about 40 minutes underground with…the musketeers. If it weren’t a captivating read, Hannah would have abandoned it a long time ago.
I remember vaguely that I en...more
Dear Charles I,
It is very unfortunate that you had to die. It's not like anybody elected you to be king...more
Dumas plays with history quite a bit and these can't be quite called "historical" in a true s...more
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...more
To think that just a month ago,(During my reading of the previous and fir...more
While the original Thre...more
Il motivo �� molto semplice: "Vent'anni dopo" �� troppo lungo. Troppo. Secondo me sarebbe stato perfetto con 200-250 pagine di meno. E invece indugia eccessivamente nella politica del tempo, riempie il lettore di nomi, introduce una selva di personaggi (molti solo abbozzati) in cui districarsi �� difficilissimo.
La verve dei dialo...more
-King Charles I, pg. 579
I think that pretty much sums it up! Get this book and read it (after The Three Musketeers of course), because it is amazing and is Dumas at his finest, a fantastic adventure; characters so bold and honorable, holding no devotion to any...more
20 Years After
A great read for lovers of the original Musketeers. This book follows the original taking up the story as the title suggests 20 years after. Following the childhood reign of Louis XIV; through to the English side of things at the end of the Civil war; the rise of Oliver Cromwell and the execution of Charles I. Our beloved Musketeers are all with us along with some other key characters.
A great read for lovers of Dumas’s work. Not the most popular of his books but sti...more
Written in the same style and using the same characters and literary devices as its predecessor, this adventure is very close to d'Artagnans first outing. At times this feels much more like a second half of the first novel and less like a story of its own right and, whilst I didn't attempt this, I'm not convinced that you could approach this book with no fore knowledge of the chara...more
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...more
Still intricately plotted like its predecessor, Twenty Years After manages to flesh out the central four characters that were introduced in The Three Musketeers. For the first half of the novel the quartet is split in half, with D'Artagnan and Porthos on one side, and Athos...more
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 h...more