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The Three Musketeers (The D'Artagnan Romances #1)

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A major new translation of one of the most enduring works of literature, from the award- winning, bestselling co-translator of Anna Karenina-with a spectacular, specially illustrated cover

The Three Musketeers is the most famous of Alexandre Dumas's historical novels and one of the most popular adventure stories ever written. Now in a bracing new translation, this swashbuc
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Paperback, 736 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Penguin Classics (first published 1844)
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    Ragna I read it when I was 13/14 and immediately read Twenty Years After (Sequel). Honestly, if your son liked The Count of Monte Cristo, it would be a…moreI read it when I was 13/14 and immediately read Twenty Years After (Sequel). Honestly, if your son liked The Count of Monte Cristo, it would be a surprise if he didn't like/get The Three Musketeers.(less)
    Alexander The Barnes & Noble edition is, I believe, the one translated in the 19th Century and while more or less complete, it lacks anything that would…moreThe Barnes & Noble edition is, I believe, the one translated in the 19th Century and while more or less complete, it lacks anything that would have offended Victorian sensibilities. This new edition translated by Richard Pevear gets very high marks and both restores material as well as making the translation less florid and closer to the original French.(less)

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    Bill  Kerwin
    May 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

    This is not the most profound of novels, but it may be the most compelling. Many of its sequences--the Diamond Studs, Milady's seduction of Felton, the attempt of The Three to rescue Constance--move with remarkable rapidity. More notable than these, however, is the entire exposition, something many novelists have found to be a thankless chore, if not a stumbling block. It occupies a full sixty pages, 10% of the book, and, although it covers much ground--the introduction of our hero, the two prin
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    Madeline
    I thought that Queen Margot couldn't be topped. I should have known better.
    Honestly, I do not have enough space to fully explain all the ways I adore this book. But I'll try to condense it.
    -First, the four main characters. Love, love, love, and more love. Aramis and Porthos - the Merry and Pippin of the group, if you'll excuse the extremely dorkish LOTR cross-reference - made me laugh; D'Artagnan was charming even though (or maybe because) he had multiple moments where, were I in the story, I
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    Manny
    This is a kick-ass novel, and I am indeed kicking my own ass for not having read it earlier. I'm ashamed to say that I thought it was a children's book. My wife indignantly refuses any responsibility for my mistake... as she points out, it's entirely my fault if I drew the wrong inferences from the fact that her mother read it aloud to her as an eight year old. It turns out, on closer examination of the facts, that Elisabeth's mom must have skipped about a quarter of the text - but I digress. No ...more
    Afshar
    Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    سه تفنگدار جزو رمان هاي اسطوره اي و جاویدان است.داستان پهلوانانی كه براي هر ماجراجويي سرشان حسابي درد مي كند.در هر جايي باشند و در هر جبهه اي، اولين چيزي كه به فكرشان مي رسد دوستی و نجات جان یکدیگر است

    وقايع كتاب در فرانسه و در زماني اتفاق مي افتد كه هنوز با شمشير مي توان گليم خود را از آب كشيد
    لويي سيزدهم پادشاه جواني است كه هنوز قدرت زيادي ندارد و برعكس وي صدراعظم او يعني كاردينال ريشيلو پادشاه بدون تاج كشور است .دو دسته نظامي در كشور وجود دارد يك دسته تفنگداران پادشاه و دسته ديگري سربازان صدرا
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    Brad
    Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This is going to take some explaining, but my guiltiest pleasure when it comes to books is Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers.

    I hear you saying, "How on Earth can that be a guilty pleasure?" I know. It's a recognized classic. It has far reaching pop culture impact.It's considered one of the greatest adventures ever written. It has two of the most memorable "villains" in literature; it has four kick ass action heroes. It has sword fights, romance, intrigue, and most people think it has big lau
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    Luffy
    Mar 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    I'm not going to waste more time than necessary for this classic. The problem seems to come from me, since I couldn't follow a lot of the dialog. I couldn't make any sense of what transpired here, especially in the last third of the book.

    I liked the intrigue with the royal couple of LouisXIII and Anne d'Autruche. And as soon as these historical characters disappeared from the book did my enjoyment evaporate as well. Like I said, I don't want to dwell on this one starred book too much(one for all
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    Sara
    Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I am a drama addict. I admit it. I don’t generally go for comedy. I will pick a movie that makes me cry over one that makes me laugh every time, and it is pretty much the same with my books. But when I do read something humorous, I love satire, wit, subtle humor. Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde or Will Rogers are my style. Imagine my surprise that Alexander Dumas has made me laugh aloud in The Three Musketeers. They are so over-the-top, while written as if he is endeavoring to take them seriously. I hav ...more
    Lisa
    Jun 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    If I was a Physicist, I would explain it like this: Athos, Porthos and Aramis are like the protons in an atom. D'Artagnan the neutrons that stabilize it. Actually, this would mean they are Lithium. So, keep them away from water. Or else...unfortunately the King sends them on an expedition to the isles. Now, they would have to cross the channel to get there, would they not?
    On their way, however, it shows that rivers and winecellars are no good either.
    action - reaction. Everybody under their desk
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    Ahmad Sharabiani
    908. Les Trois Mousquetaires = The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
    سه تفنگدار - الکساندر دوما (هرمس / زرین، گوتنبرگ) ادبیات فرانسه
    عنوان: سه تفنگدار در ده جلد؛ اثر: الکساندر دوما؛ مترجم: ذبیح الله منصوری؛ تهران، زرین، گوتنبرگ، 1378؛ در 10 جلد؛ شابک دوره: 9644072227؛ چاپ دوم 1382؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان فرانسه - قرن 19 م
    سه تفنگدار اثر نویسنده ی فرانسوی الکساندر دومای پدر است. این رمان قهرمانیها و دلاوریهای سه تن از تفنگداران لویی سیزدهم به نامهای: آتوس، پورتوس، آرامیس و همچنین جوانی دلیر و با
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    Peter
    Feb 06, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Did you know there were 4 musketeers? Did you also know they were not very nice guys? One guy won't let his servant ever speak. One is having an affair with a married woman, and ridicules her for gifts she buys him. Another can't decide whether to have an affair or be a priest, but constantly pinches his ears to make them a more attractive color. Since they don't seem to be paid much to be musketeers they are constantly grifting off of other people. One of their brave deeds is to have breakfast ...more
    Daniel
    Feb 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2009
    I've had more fun reading "The Three Musketeers" than I've had with any book in a long time, and my only regret is that I didn't find my way to Dumas sooner. It's bursting with swordplay, political intrigue, romance, fortunes won and lost, mistresses kept and stolen, poisoned wine, devious nobility, and vengeance sought and attained. What more could a reader ask for? While "The Three Musketeers" isn't the most intellectually challenging book ever written -- though it does offer, in passing, the ...more
    J.G. Keely
    Remarkable book. I have been, on occasion, accused of some sort of self-set elitism which suffuses my opinions and critiques on literature. It seems people are often more likely to think one has an ulterior motive for liking or not liking a book rather than looking at the presented arguments. In any case, I would posit this book as the countermand to that sentencing. It is not a literary book, as such, as it does not place itself in a deep referential or metaphorical state. Though it is certainl ...more
    Lizzy
    What an adventure!
    Highly recommended.
    Manny
    For the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament, The Lord of the Rings (2) versus Les Trois Mousquetaires (31)
    Three musketeers for the elven kings under the sky
    Seven for the dwarf-lords in their halls of stone
    Nine for mortal man, doomed to die
    One for Cardinal Richelieu
    It's a beautiful afternoon here at the Coliseum, and they're cleaning up after the Lions v Christians fixture... Christians lost as usual, ha ha... everyone's looking forward to the main event, we hear they've got a surprise plan
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    Jessica
    Well, it was no Count of Monte Cristo, but it was still exciting and dramatic. I was much more into the second half, when it starts focusing on the diabolical Lady de Winter. One disappointment was that I had always envisioned the Three Musketeers to be noble, just, Robin Hood-type characters. It turns out that, though brave, they are quite selfish and immoral, and tend to murder people with little provocation. None of the musketeers was very likable to me. Women also don't fare very well here a ...more
    Antonio
    Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: clásicos, favorites
    —Y ahora, señores —dijo D’Artagnan sin tomarse el trabajo de explicar su conducta a Porthos—, todos para uno y uno para todos, esa es nuestra divisa, ¿no es así?
    —Pero… —dijo Porthos.
    —¡Extiende la mano y jura! —gritaron a la vez Athos y Aramis.
    Vencido por el ejemplo, rezongando por lo bajo, Porthos extendió la mano y los cuatro amigos repitieron a un solo grito la fórmula dictada por D’Artagnan:
    «Todos para uno, uno para todos».

    No hay película, serie o filme que le haga honor, o que se le pa
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    Anna Kļaviņa
    Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to Anna by: YLTO Low Octane ABC
    I'm surprised that d'Artagnan and his three friends in so many people eyes are heroes and "good" guys. Because they are not. Author has made cruelty, crime and sinful deeds OK if its done by "inseparable" friends and cloaked it in heroism and gallantry.

    I had a lot what-the-heck moments. Almost every chapter.

    The book is full of "Duma's occasional lapses of memory"
    However the story is interesting and the book is a true page turner.
    Jo (The Book Geek)
    Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: classics
    It has took me longer than usual to get through this book, but hell, there are so many amazing books to be devoured!
    The Three Musketeers is an exquisite adventure story, with the "Fun" element on overdrive! I mean, this is classic literature with a twist. I just loved the sword fights and the utter sarcasm. The writing style Dumas uses flows with such ease, and is very humorous. I found myself howling a lot more than I thought I would!
    I loved the relationship between the Musketeers and how ver
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    Victoria
    Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    4,5/5
    Une très bonne lecture ! L'intrigue met bien 200 pages à décoller, mais ensuite, sa complexité et sa construction la rendent assez addictive malgré quelques longueurs. Les personnages sont attachants et drôles parce que très stéréotypés - sauf Milady, qui est si détestable qu'on se délecte de chacune de ses apparitions et de ses manipulations. La plume de Dumas, cachée derrière un narrateur assez interventionniste, était savoureuse, et j'ai souri presque à chaque page durant la majorité du
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    J
    May 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    There exist in the world authors from previous eras whose characters have become so ubiquitous in the popular culture that they undergo a strange kind of infantalizing. The rather serious philosophical questions Robert Louis Stevenson posed about mind-body duality and evolution are passed over in favor of the monster story of wicked Mr. Hyde. Jonathan Swift’s venomous satires of English life are reduced to the tale of an island of little people and an island of giants.

    And even as I knew this, I
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    Abigail Amor
    The book did not disappoint.
    All for one and one for all! Yes Two is better than one. Yet three is much better than two. There is something happening every chapter.Fast paced and adventurous it is. It's also a little amusing how extremely formal the book is, even the insults are too formal.
    Overall, The Three Musketeers is a book that one must read even once in his life for it is certainly worth the read.
    Ben Babcock
    Thrilled by the excellent recent adaptation by the BBC, I decided it was time to finally read The Three Musketeers. I have vague memories of borrowing a book with a yellow hardback cover from the library when I was much, much younger. But at that precocious age I found the nineteenth century language and over-the-top tropes of romance and revenge difficult to enjoy, and I don’t recall if I ever finished it. This time, I did a little research and discovered that Richard Pevear has a relatively ne ...more
    Ahmed

    كان الدافع الأول لقراءة تلك الرواية هو فيلم slumdog millionaire

    وجدتها ف مكتبة أبي فلم أتردد في إضافتها لقائمة قراءآتي

    المثير أن الفرسان الثلاثة ليسوا هم الأبطال بل هو صديقهم الفارس الرابع دارتانيان

    رواية ذات أبعاد تاريخية يتناول فيها الكاتب جانب من تاريخ فرنسا ف عهد لويس الثالث عشر عندما كان الكاردينال ريشيلو هو المسيطر على الملك و الملكة

    فهمت بعض الألقاب التى كثيرا ما كنت أقرأها أفي أى عمل يتناول فترة العصور الوسطى
    كالفارس ،النبيل،الدوق،الليدي ... إلخ

    رواية ممتعة مليئة بالمغامرات و الدسائس :)
    [P]
    May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Sangdieu! This was good fun. I mean, it’s mostly dumb fun, like Get Low by Lil Jon or Tropic Thunder or AC/DC, but sometimes that is precisely what you need. Throughout 700 – wrist taxing, if not brain taxing – pages Dumas leads us, his readers, a merry dance across France [and occasionally England], without ever really acknowledging the absurdity and joyful irreverence of his narrative. Indeed, The Three Musketeers is so absurd as to approach the level of evil genius. Morbleu! Parbleu! Etc.

    It’s
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    Αλίκη
    Η ιστορία μας ακολουθεί τον νεαρό, πανέξυπνο και τίμιο Γασκόνο Ντ'Αρτανιάν, που φτάνει στο Παρίσι με την ελπίδα να προσχωρήσει στο σώμα των σωματοφυλάκων. Εκεί γνωρίζει τους τρεις διάσημους φίλους Άθω, Πόρθο και Άραμη και γίνεται σύντομα πολύτιμο μέλος της κλειστής παρέας τους. Οι τέσσερίς τους είναι στην κυριολεξία όλοι για έναν και ένας για όλους. Η πλοκή δεν φλυαρεί καθόλου, εξελίσσεται με ταχύτητα και αγωνία, δεν κουράζει, δένει τον αναγνώστη με τους ήρωες και έχει ιδιαίτερο χιούμορ.

    Όταν τε
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    Paula W
    Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Although not as epic and awesome as The Count of Monte Cristo, I fully realize that nothing could be as epic and awesome as The Count. This, though, was super fun to read! Five big gold stars.
    Duffy Pratt
    I'm surprised that no-one has done a reworking of this book with Milady and Richelieu as the heros, and the Musketeers as the villains. It wouldn't take much of a twist at all. With the exception of one event, the former are no more villainous than the latter. That is, unless, you take Dumas' word for it. In that case, Milady is pure evil, and the tale is one fit perfectly for kids. Fortunately, the story he tells is richer than the gloss the narrator sometimes tries to put on it.

    Let's look at t
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    Mariel
    Jul 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: blowhard diehards
    Recommended to Mariel by: swaggart braggarts
    Celebrity Death Match tournament versus The Divine Comedy.
    "You're in hell. This is the purgatory part but I'm here to take you back to the beginning of the inferno. Mariel has never read The Divine Comedy and it is probably a sound idea to begin from the beginning."
    "So we're in hell. I take my sword from my hip and angle the blade to sight and slight my enemies from the blight of this night." Athos puts his hand on his hip as a placeholder where his holster would once have been. His other hand r
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    Frogy (Ivana)
    Stidim se što sam ovoliko razvukla čitanje :( i moram da priznam da sam se odlično zabavila čitajući je. Sjajna priča o prijateljstvu i odličan podsetnik da sam čitanje i zavolela uz ovakve istorijske romane (sve mi se više smeši ponovno iščitavanje Anđelike-samo ovaj put u novom ruhu :D )
    Gautam
    The 3 plus 1 incredible musketeers and the most diabolic female antagonist ever imaginable. A real page turner and an expansive gander at an eventful and gallant era.

    4.2 stars on 5!
    -gautam
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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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