This is a marvelous book, and I just love the way in which it was written. It tells the story of a man who does not quite fit in with the crowd, and h...moreThis is a marvelous book, and I just love the way in which it was written. It tells the story of a man who does not quite fit in with the crowd, and how he is crucified for it. He is put on trail, for more than just the crime in which he is accused.(less)
For just about as long as I could remember I have loved the Three Musketeers, and have seen just about every movie made about the story. Sword fightin...moreFor just about as long as I could remember I have loved the Three Musketeers, and have seen just about every movie made about the story. Sword fighting adventure, how could I resist, right along with Zorro, Robin Hood, King Arthur.
But I had never read the book before up until recently and when I was younger I did not even know that it was originally from a book, so of course I had to read the novel as soon as I as able to do so, but I did not know quite what to expect. I knew it would not be the same as the movies, because they never are, and being that I had started with the movies, and always enjoyed them, I wondered just how I would respond to the book.
But the first chapter immediately erased all doubts.....it is an absolutely marvelous book. It is now officially ranked among my favorites. It has just about everything you can ask for. It is very witty with a touch of humor, some drama, lots of action, sword fighting fun, dashing and sometimes comical heroes. There was never a dull or slow moment, and I was left just waiting to see what was going to happen next with every turn of the page. It was one of those rare books that once I picked it up I did not want to have to put it down.
The writing was so vivid and skillful and the characters really jumped alive upon the page. You know how often if you see a movie and than read a book, all you can picture in your mind is what was in the movie, well in this case, though I had seen numerous movies, while reading it, it was really the words upon the page I visualized more than anything I had ever seen on the screen.
One of the amusing things, is that usually in the movies D'Artagnan is always my favorite, he is young, rebellious, skilled swordsmen, always getting into trouble, but in the book I really leaned more toward Anthos. And I just loved all of their servants. That was one of the really interesting things about the book that you do not get in the movies.
This is a beautifully lyrical, haunting and somewhat bizarre little book which really does provide the reader with a very unique reading experince. I...moreThis is a beautifully lyrical, haunting and somewhat bizarre little book which really does provide the reader with a very unique reading experince. I was spellbound by the story as it started to unweave itself.
One of the things which I found most intriguing about this book is the narration style of it. The story forced upon Lol Stein a woman who has a young girl was jilted by her fiancee and remained obsessed with that one moment in her life. Though to the outward eye she has moved on with her life after going through a period in which it was said she had gone mad, she takes to watching people as she journeys back through her memoeries. All the while the story is being told by a narrator who in effect is watching Lol, thus the reader is drawn into the whole voyeuristic experince. As if the reader is peeking through a window or lurking in the shadows watching the strange life of the extraordinary Lol Stein. (less)