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Louise De La Valliere (The d'Artagnan Romances #3.3)

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Devoted in large part to romantic events at the court of Louis XIV, Louise de La Valliere continues the suspense which began with Alexandre Dumas's The Vicomte de Bragelonne and will end with The Man in the Iron Mask.
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Oct 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-lit
An excess of melodrama. Sighing. Fainting. Raging. Perspiring (I know what you think I mean, but no. Only in vexation, anger or fear). Riding horses to death. Star-crossed lovers. Ill-fated lovers. Trap-doors. Witchy women. Brave men. Fair damsels. All in a PG format.

Didn't enjoy this one even 1/2 as much as the others. Probably because of the subject matter, which is that the King is in love with the Vicomte's affianced. Said King sends Vicomte to England to get him out of the way. Said King (
Guðjón T.
Dec 01, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Apart from a few chapters this book is excruciatingly dull. I'm a big fan of The Three Musketeers, and although the musketeers themselves are present here the author has shifted his focus from them to the nobility of 17th century France. Don't get me wrong, the affairs of the king and the queen were crucial to the plot of The Three Musketeers, but they were just the supporting cast. In Louise de la Valliere we have to endure chapter after chapter of "clever" conversation between varyingly boring ...more
This was my least favorite of the novels in the D'Artagnan Romances so far. I browsed the introduction to the Oxford World's Classics edition, which advised that this was the least "swashbuckling" of the series. Apparently, Dumas thought that the prior entries lacked "romance". Well, he went overboard in this one. This novel consists of hundreds of pages of flirtations. It's like a junior high school novel. The King is like the popular kid -- maybe the captain of the football team. And the novel ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this story! I liked this book second best in the series, 3M, being my favorite, of course. The reason, I think, is because one gets a close look at French court life and Dumas does a wonderful job of keeping the story quite historically correct. One more book to go in the series, The Man in the Iron Mask.
Mark Halse
Woof! The tale of the Musketeers comes to a screeching halt with this installment. They should retitle this bad boy Louis XIV Steals A Dumb Little Girl.

The Musketeers take a back seat to the ol' Sun King as he steals Raul's girlfriend. That one sentence sums up a twenty hour read. There are other things that occur that lead to the much better and more depressing THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK but I believe that this installment can be skipped. That is how I originally read this series and do not feel
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Oxford World's Classics Edition, edited, introduced, annotated, etc., by David Coward. The fourth installment of the Three Musketeers saga does not really feature those heroes. Athos is all but unmentioned; Porthos and Aramis play important roles but briefly, and d'Artagnan is seen sporadically. The story, or stories intertwined, center mainly around the loves and intrigues of the court of Louis XIV. For 670 pages (!) Dumas subtly outlines the devious schemes and romances that occur in the S ...more
Elsa K
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was probably my least favorite in the series of the D'Artagnan Romances. I didn't like any of the main characters. They mostly got on my nerves with all their gossip and selfish lifestyles. The main musketeers are almost completely unmentioned. I've never liked Raoul that much so even his part in the novel didn't move me the way it was probably meant to. I think it is necessary to read this one to enjoy "The Man in the Iron Mask" fully, but I wish I could've skimmed this one. All that being ...more
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's 1661 and Louis the XIV is taking over the reign of government from his ministers. D'Artagnan is captain of the Musketeers, Aramis is now a bishop, Porthos is as big, strong and hungry as ever and Raoul, the son of Athos, is still madly in love with Louise De La Valliere. What we do see of Aramis he is plotting and scheming and has a strong interest in a mysterious prisoner in the Bastille.

Louis' effeminate brother Philippe (Monsieur) has just married Henrietta (Madame) of England, but Henr
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Four (of five) in the Musketeers Saga and this really does have the feel of the middle section of a trilogy. The pace is lower than the other sections and there's less of an over-riding plot - this one deals with Louise XIV's seduction of the eponymous Louise de la Valliere (after getting rid of Raoul to England) and while the lack of the excitement of Vicomte de Bragalonne's reinstatement of Charles II or the last volume's Man in the Iron Mask makes it drag a little, the change of pace is ...more
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Πόση ίντριγκα να αντέξω πια ο χριστιανός;;; Ο βασιλιάς χαλβαδιάζει τη Λουίζ, η γυναίκα του αδερφού του βασιλιά ζηλεύει το βασιλιά, δε γουστάρει, όμως, το βασιλιά, απλά ζηλεύει έτσι, για το ιβέντ, ρε παιδί μου, ο αρραβωνιαστικός της Λουίζ πέρα βρέχει, ο κόσμος το έχει τούμπανο και αυτοί κρυφό καμάρι!! Οι Τρεις Σωματοφύλακες σκάνε μύτη κάπου κάπου και τότε είναι που αποκτά ενδιαφέρον το βιβλίο... Αλλιώς...

Στα θετικά, βέβαια, ο πάντα ευκολοδιάβαστος τρόπος γραφής του Δουμά κάτι το οποίο βοηθά να φ
Maricarmen Estrada M
This is the fifth delivery of the Three Musketeers saga. Masterly written. Much of the story has to do with the romance of Louise. Authors, Porthos, Aramis and of course the brave and bold D'Artagnan com and go throughout all the book. The end is a cliffhanger, so I'll just start The Man in the Iron Mask as soon as I can. Loved this book.
Huh, I didn't rate or review this before moving on to the final volume, so here's my making up for this neglect: Although I cannot actually add a lot I haven't already written about the first two parts. I simply can't bring myself to care about all that romance business, and Louise's undecidedness as well as Louis' fickleness don't endear them to me as characters either.

This whole book (not just this volume) is simply too long without me being able to say that any of the parts are actually comp
Caitlin Mininger
After finishing this book, I am struck by how much I miss Milady. There was by far too much fainting going on in Louise de la Valliere for me not to recall one of my favorite lines of Milady's: "I faint? I? Do you take me for some weak woman? When I am insulted I do not faint, I avenge myself!" Louise is a poor heroine who never seems to be able to make her mind about anything. Louis is not much better- I suppose for a king it is nothing to send away a woman's fiancé for the purpose of seducing ...more
Abeerr Shiihab
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: with-in-heart
الادب الفرنسي يتجلى في هذه الروايه ، جمال ما بعدهُ جمال ، تكادُ تتخيل ما يجري فيها ،،،
" _ هو اني ما دمتُ لم اقترف اثماً ، فلا يمكن ان يكون الله قد عاقبني و اذن لا يمكن ان يكون هذا السجن عقوبة !
_ و ماذا يمكن ان يكون اذن ، اذا لم يكن عقوبه ؟
_ علمُ هذا عند ربي ، و لكن كل ما استطيع ان اقوله لك عن يقين هو ان شعوري الان نقيضُ شعوري الاول ، منذ سبع سنين و اشهر "
" _ لعمري إن من يسمعك تتحدث على هذا النحو يخيل اليه انك تحب سجنك !
_ ان لم اكن احبه ، فأنا راضٍ به ، او _ على الاقل _ صاير عليه !
_ لعلك في قرا
Diana Trăncău
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Credeam că povestea de dragoste dintre Louise și Raoul va fi minunată, plină de puritate și inocență, ca să descopăr mai apoi că numai sufletul nobil al tânărului păstrează această iubire de neînchipuit, pe când ea sfârșește prin a-și dărui inima Regelui Soare. Dumas m-a făcut să simt durerea vicontelui, să îmi pară asemenea unui cântec sfâșietor ce-ți provoacă lacrimi.
“Oh, Louise, te iubesc în așa chip, încât aș fi în stare să-mi dau sângele pentru dumneata picătură cu pictură, carnea mea fâșie
Justin Dillehay
This novel is the middle volume of a trilogy that was actually one book in Dumas's original French version--a single book that would have run more than 2,000 pages, making even his Count of Monte Cristo look slim by comparison. It's my least favorite of the Musketeer saga so far; a lot more romantic court intrigue and less of D'Artagnan and Athos. But still fun reading. It's also fun because despite reading the entire series aloud with my brother Caleb 15 years ago, I remember basically nothing ...more
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this was bad. The theme of the work shifted from the selfish and reasonably petty ambitions of soldiers and courtiers to the awful and soul-destroyingly petty concerns of emotional adolescents trapped in the world of sub-medieval romance. The neverending protestations of eternal love between people whose affairs would end within a few glad it's over and I'm on to Man in the Iron Mask.
Simon Vance is excellent but this section of the d'Artagnan series is less interesting to me.

I got this audiobook via Hoopla and not being able to download it to my phone was a pain since it limited me to only being able to listen when at home, since I wasn't going to stream over my data plan.
Robert Sheppard
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Alexandre Dumas is one of the great mythmakers of modern Western Literature. The Three Musketeers saga is of course a thrilling tale of adventure known to almost everyone through film if not by firsthand reading, and its over one-hundred film adaptations testify to its grip on the popular imagination. Having read the entire Musketeer saga of D
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Skip this. It's an endurance test. Save your energy for something of higher quality if you want a challenge, something more prestigious if you want to impress friends, or just move straight to "The Man in the Iron Mask" if you want Dumas.

This may not be objectively the worst thing ever, but for something mediocre and with no payoff it goes on long enough to inspire hatred. Mixed in an interminable stretch of boredom that started in the second half of the preceding volume and lasts like 2000 page
Andrea Ika
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Louise de la Valliere is the middle section of The Vicomte de Bragelonne, or, Ten Years After. Against a tender love story, Dumas continues the suspense which began with The Vicomte de Bragelonne and will end with The Man in the Iron Mask. Set during the reign of Louis XIV and filled with behind-the-scenes intrigue, the novel brings the aging Musketeers and d'Artagnan out of retirement to face an impending crisis within the royal court of France. This new edition of the classic English translati ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A slower beginning than the other books in the series. For some reason, it was harder for me to get engaged in the action and romance this time around. I think it was due in part to the stunning lack of d'Artagnan during a good portion of the book. Similarly, Athos doesn't appear at all. The plot focuses mostly on the younger cast - the young King, Bragelonne, and La Valliere of course. Fortunately, my interest grew in the second half of the book. Things are really picking up speed, and it ends ...more
Marat Beiner
The worst book of Alexandre Dumas I've read so far.
If you judge the book as a standalone book of "The D'Artagnan Romances", the verdict is not so good, mildly speaking. No adventures, a thin plot and a lot of romance.
I did not read the final part of "Ten years later", but I did love the first part, and did not the second one.
I hope the third one will be better.
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth in the D'Artagnan Romances and even more so deals with romantic intrigues within the French Court. There is chivalry, duels, lovers plots and intrigue. But less and less of the swashbuckling action of the first several in the series. It is a worthwhile read but ...

I look forward to "The Man In the Golden Mask" which is hinted at in this book.
Erez A.
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, so many ups and downs.
I loved and hated each character except Athos, Raul and D'artagnan
Thomas Christianson
Lags quite a bit in the middle, but certainly picks up momentum and intrigue at the end.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
And continues to drag on. I really only finished the first two parts of this because I wanted to have read the whole thing before finishing off with The Man in the Iron Mask.
Megan Gery
***This review is for the entire D'Artagnan Romance series (The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, The Vicomte de Bragelonne, Ten Years Later, Louise de la Valliere, and The Man in the Iron Mask).***

The entire D'Artagnan Romance series is well over a million words long and spans several volumes and forty years in the lives of its main characters, the famous musketeers. The prodigious Alexandre Dumas wrote this epic tale to be published in the serial magazines that were popular during his day,
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From an action/adventure/humor point of view, this entry to the D'Artagnan romances is the low point. Romance takes the center point, with all the flirting, gasping, sweating, fainting, plotting, counter-plotting and fluttering-about that a court of puffed-up nobles and ladies performs so perfectly. And perfectly annoying, if you’re not into that sort of thing. I recall being somewhat but not greatly impressed by the shenanigans going on at this stage in the books some 10 years ago when I was th ...more
Todd Stockslager
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Louise De La Valliere is the middle book of the trio that concludes the Musketeers' story, and its focus on court intrigue and Louis XIV's consolidation of his kingly powers and personality into the "Sun King" persona, accounts for its position as probably the least known and read of the thousands of pages and million-plus words of the great saga.

By now, the

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