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The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
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Apr 29, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: 2011
Read in April, 2011

I wish I could give this three stars, but this book truly was "just okay." The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After must be read before this book, otherwise you will be very confused. I'm surprised that The Man in the Iron Mask is more famous than Twenty Years After (although neither are good stand-alone novels; they really require reading the previous novels first) because I found TYA to be much more humorous, more exciting, and more engaging all around. The only thing I liked more about TMitIM is that the particular translation I read, which is much newer than the translation of TYA that I had read, made for smooth and easy reading. (The translations of TTM and TYA I read were tiring to read at times.) The last ~300 pages of TMitIM are not very interesting, although I will give Dumas credit for always writing good "death and grieving" scenes. I read this trilogy because The Count of Monte Cristo is my favorite book and I was hoping for something similar, but these three books are nothing like it. The first two are humorous, light-hearted, and adventurous, but the last one (TMitIM) is not particularly engaging and its only purpose seems to be to conclude the story and lives of the four protagonists.
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Alexandre Dumas
“I am strong against everything, except against the death of those I love. He who dies gains; he who sees others die loses.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Man in the Iron Mask

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Kealan O'ver You've missed a large chunk if you went from Twenty years after straight to The Man in the Iron Mask.
The third novel is actually called Vicomte De Bragellone and is so large that its usually carved up into different parts. So if you're reading Man in the Iron Mask on its own then you've skipped 2 or possibly 3 books that come before it.

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