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Ten Years Later: The Vicomte De Bragelone (The D'Artagnan Romances #3.1)

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D'Artagnan and his comrades, Porthos, Aramis and Athos, once more commence on a series of action- filled adventures, in an adventurous sequel to "The Three Musketeers."
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Published February 28th 1996 by Audio Literature (first published September 18th 1850)
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Bill This may help others - as I am guessing a year later Thys has moved on - but I have a 25 volume (PF Collier & Son) complete works of Dumas from…moreThis may help others - as I am guessing a year later Thys has moved on - but I have a 25 volume (PF Collier & Son) complete works of Dumas from the early 1900's. The D'Artagnan Romances in this set are as follows:
- The Three Guardsmen (aka Three Musketeers)
- Twenty Years Later
- Vicomte of Bragelonne
- Ten Years Later
- Louise de Lavalliere
- The Man in the Iron Mask

Looking at Wikipedia, it appears that there are multiple versions of either 3, 4, or 5 volumes for the final "book" Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later. My set looks like is the 4 volume version. Each volume is pretty meaty with a smaller font. I downloaded the volumes from Project Gutenburg to read them in ebook form, and the above listing is also was the titles I found there.

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Bill  Kerwin

The sprawling three-thousand-page saga of the Four Musketeers is the meerschaum pipe of adventure literature. Although it first attracts attention by its intricately carved detail, it is even more remarkable for the way it ages, for it reveals a rich range of colors, each darker than the one before.

Twenty Years After revealed a world more cynical, and heroes less intrepid and less unified, than that youthful romp The Three Musketeers, and now, Ten Years Later—as one of the volumes of this two-th
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can 't believe how much I've been enjoying my rash of Dumas novels lately. I've read the first three D'Artagnan novels in quick succession and cannot recommend them highly enough. This is Volume One of the last book (sometimes referred to as Ten Years Later) to be followed by Louise de Valliere and The Man in the Iron Mask. Of course the novel wasn't originally intended to be split in this way, so the ending tails away a little as we leave the intrigues of Athos and D'Artagnan to put Charles I ...more
3 stars. I was a bit surprised to have the book end as I still had several CDs of the audiobook to go! This discrepancy is annoying but understandable as both the book and the audiobook are just the first part of the book Dumas originally wrote as the final novel of the d'Artagnan trilogy. This last book was so enormous that it is almost always divided into 3, 4, or even 5 separate volumes. I am reading the Project Gutenberg Kindle editions which are using the 4 volume division (although there w ...more
Oct 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventure lovers
Shelves: french-lit
Great addition to "Three Musketeers Series." Can't wait to get on to the next, but I must.

Thought it was amusing that the title's namesake didn't really appear much in the book until the end. And it was actually quite a cliffhanger at the end there.

I like the characters even more as they age. They're all in their late 50's now. I like their mature selves and the more mature reflections they make. I love this description of D'Artagnan at this period of his life:

"He had all the passions, all th
May 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-lit
I finished it! It took me longer to complete this book than it did War and Peace! I should reconsider my obsessive compulsion toward unabridged literature and my inability to accept a blemish on my record of consecutive completed reads. This book just dragged on and on and on and on and...

As the third installment of the d'Artagnan Romances, this book serves as a transition from the notorious three musketeers and their Gascon friend to the lives of other French and English characters - youth usur
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book is titled Vicomte de Bragelonne, there is very little about Raoul. There is a chapter of two in the beginning, a couple in the middle and a few at the end, all the plot in between has nothing to do with him. In fact, with the exception of D'artagnan, there isn't much about any of the musketeers. Athos gets the most attention. Porthos and Aramis don't get any significant attention until about 2/3rds of the way through the book. In spite of this, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I ...more
Dec 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to read all of the D'Artagnan Romances
Shelves: fiction, foreign
Okay, at this point, I think I need to be clear about what series I am reading and commenting on. The D'Artagnan Romances were all originally published as serials, and they were later published in book form as a trilogy:

Book 1: The Three Musketeers
Book 2: Twenty Years After
Book 3: Ten Years Later

Apparently, Ten Years Later is such a tome that it has been further split into 3, 4, or 5 volumes, depending on the publisher. I am reading a set of FREE ebooks available on, and this series
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Se da una parte il mio cuore vorrebbe dare le cinque stelline piene a questo romanzo (perché un'opera che è riuscita a far piangere una persona che non si commuove facilmente e non ha mai - e sottolineo, mai - pianto per un libro merita il massimo a prescindere), dall'altra la mia coscienza e l'oggettività mi impongono altre scelte.

Dumas, in fondo, è uno scrittore di romanzi d'appendice, che sa benissimo che il guadagno viene da quante righe scrive e da quanti capitoli la sua mente riesce a part
Jenny T
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I confess to strong bias: Dumas is my favorite author. Even when his prose is at its purplest, it makes my heart beat a little faster.

Book 1 in The Vicomte de Bragelonne (a single LONG work broken into three books, of which this is the first, that culminates in and ends the Musketeer Saga with The Man in the Iron Mask) was excellent. D'Artagnan, who has always seemed flamboyantly over-cocky, is more grown-up now, and the power-mad Cardinal Richelieu has been replaced with the power-mad Mazarin
Terzo ed ultimo romanzo del Ciclo dei moschettieri, anche questo inizialmente pubblicato a puntate su un quotidiano, a partire dal 1847.

Se potessi sintetizzare con una parola ciascuno dei tre libri direi:

Avventura il primo, Amicizia il secondo, Amore il terzo, ma aggiungo subito che, dopo il livello altissimo dei primi due, questo è stato per me quasi una totale delusione!

Casti amori e sdolcinate smancerie di Corte, noiose ed improbabili ai miei occhi, occupano gran parte della storia, abbandona
Tomo mastodontico, questo libro chiude le vicende dei quattro personaggi creati da Dumas e noti collettivamente come "I moschettieri".

Un libro che, oltre a seguire le vicende dei quattro e del loro figlioccio Raul, offre come i precedenti uno spaccato interessantissimo delle vicende storiche dell'epoca.
In questo caso seguiremo il giovane re Luigi XIV da quando sale al potere, alla morte del cardinale Mazzarino già conosciuto dai lettori nel secondo volume della trilogia, fino a quando, finalmen
This volume is something of a mixed bag. In this first part of the four volume translation of the final book of Dumas' musketeer saga, we are not only introduced to a host of new characters, but also encounter a lot of different themes and plot-threads, some of which intersted me more than others (which accounts for the less than stellar, but still satisfied rating).

Predictably I was the most fond of d'Artagnan and Athos' trip to England, as the respective chapters read very much like they coul
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenilia
Amo tutto Dumas, padre e figlio. Il Visconte ha meno fuoco dei 3 moschettieri, ma Alexandre sapeva scrivere!
Procyon Lotor
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 03-avventura
Il lungo addio Terzo ed ultimo romanzo delle avventure incominciate coi tre moschettieri, proseguite vent'anni dopo e terminate dopo altri quindici anni. Ovviamente, ragazzi diventati uomini ben oltre la mezz'et�, e in tempi metallici dove un anno ne pesava per tre odierni, dovranno usare sempre meno la spada per affilare invece lingua e sinapsi. Poco pubblicizzato, vende forse un sesto del primo e met� del secondo, chiaro caso o di saga che va assai perdendosi in idee scarse, deboli e riciclate ...more
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meraviglioso, questo libro!!!
Già dalle prime pagine Dumas mi ha affascinato, è stato un piacere ritrovare la sua ironia! Caspita, quanto m’era mancato, e quanto mi mancherà ancora di più adesso!
Da chi l’aveva già letto, ho sempre sentito parlare bene di questo romanzo, qualcuno anzi lo considera il migliore della trilogia. In effetti devo dire che tutte le lodi sono ampiamente confermate, e sinceramente non me l’aspettavo! Non mi aspettavo che un libro così lungo, e che viene dopo due romanzi
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, french
Edited (from "the classic translation") and richly annotated by David Coward. This Oxford World's Classics edition contains an Introduction, a Chronology of Dumas' life, a List of Historical Characters and the aforementioned annotation.

Since these 658 pages make up only one third of the entire continuing saga, it's hard to rate this book: it breaks off abruptly, with Athos about to go take revenge on a slanderer. A lot happens in this segment, most notably the restoration of Charles II to the En
James Carter
Jul 16, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought The Three Musketeers was one of the most thrilling books I've ever read. Twenty Years After was a pretty good, yet still exciting, sequel. But the flame of the series just went out in The Vicomte de Bragelonne.

Three biggest mistakes with the third novel are as follows:

One, D'Artagnan is no longer the focus of the story. His three comrades are hardly mentioned and are merely an afterthought. I thought they were the point of the whole series.

Two, there is no action throughout the book. I
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[J. Walker McSpadden translation, Charles Scribner's Sons 1926]

This is volume 1 of the third book of the D'Artagnan Romances. I now understand why the structure of this last book is published in different forms. Apparently, each of the three volumes is split into two parts. Essentially, this first volume, entitled "The Vicomte de Bragelonne", is made of two separate novels that involve the same characters -- though the Four Musketeers are never together at the same time.

I enjoyed this book much
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Matt Magee
Jan 03, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This very well may have been a fantastic story, but I am rating my experience of reading it, and this edition in the three musketeers saga was way too long-winded and slow-developing to keep my interest, even though I read the whole book. It has been a long while since I've read it, to be fair, but my memories of reading it involve pain. If you are more patient than I was, then perhaps it will turn out to be a fun story for you.
Nov 03, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really dragged myself through this one. It was a good exercise for improving my French but I have to say I was disappointed. Boring. Lacking the feel of excitement he was able to instill in me from the original "Three Musketeers". I don't know if I'll read the sequel, at least not for a very long time. I'll probably skip it and read something else by him, or just go on to another French author. Perhaps I'm just done with Dumas.
Diana Trăncău
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amuzant cum, în ciuda faptului că această parte se numește „Vicontele de Bragelonne”, Raoul apare prea puțin. Încă aștept clipa când el și Louise se vor întâlni și povestea lor de dragoste va începe.
„Aceste două nume, pe care le rostea cu atâta plăcere, îi sfâșiau inima în timp ce-i mângâiau buzele.”
Jan 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the 3rd in the "3 musketeer" trilogy. very philosophic. dumas writes such interesting historical novels.
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
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's strange to me that a book titled "The Vicomte de Bragelonne" should feature so little of the titular character. The third installment of the d'Artagnan Romances follows a similar pattern as the first two, in that d'Artagnan is the hero whose adventures we follow, and he spends much of his time in England - a whole country away from Raoul.

And while d'Artagnan is joined by Athos in his journeys, Aramis and Porthos do not figure into the plot until the story is over halfway through. Neverthele
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last and finally sad book of the great series of four legendary musketeers. It is in vain to talk much about this book. It simply needs to be read and read. Good there are an incalculable number of pages and it's great.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This really starts to drag with all the intrique at court.
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I must say bravo! monsieur Dumas, bravo! Most people only know "The Count of Monte Cristo", "The Three Musketeers", and "The Man in the Iron Mask" which is the last SECTION of the epic second sequel to the latter of the former two books. What I have just read is the first section of this epic sequel.
Firstly, I must say that I have never before been so excited to read a book in my life! I might have anticipated the story for others or I might have had a good feeling, but for this I knew I'd love
Joe Foley
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, it begun quite sharp and lulled-off near the end- That is to say, that this first book in the cluster of installments in the Vicomte De Bragelonne. It is the longest segment in the Dumas’ D’Artagnan series and it encompasses 3 to 4 books. (Depending on the publisher.) The Oxford World’s Classics editions are split into 3; The Vicomte De Bragelonne, which is the one I have finished is then followed by Louise De Vallière and lastly, dramatically, the official D’Artagnan romances closes with ...more
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,
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This note regards Alexandre Dumas, père, the father of Alexandre Dumas, fils (son). For the son, see Alexandre Dumas fils.

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
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The D'Artagnan Romances (6 books)
  • The Three Musketeers (The D'Artagnan Romances, #1)
  • Twenty Years After (The D'Artagnan Romances, #2)
  • Ten Years Later
  • Louise de La Vallière (The D'Artagnan Romances, #3.2)
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“He has not recovered the blow?" said he to Athos.

He is struck to death."

Oh! your fears exaggerate, I hope. Raoul is of a tempered nature. Around all hearts as noble as his, there is a second envelope that forms a cuirass. The first bleeds, the second resists."

No," replied Athos, "Raoul will die of it."

_Mordioux!_" said D'Artagnan, in a melancholy tone. And he did not add a word to this exclamation. Then, a minute after, "Why do you let him go?"

Because he insists on going."

And why do you not go with him?"

Because I could not bear to see him die.”
“No one is as brave, as adventurous or as skillful as D'Artagnan, without at the same time being inclined to be a dreamer.” 3 likes
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