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(The D'Artagnan Romances #2)

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'At this game, whoever does not kill is killed.'

Twenty Years After (1845), the sequel to The Three Musketeers, is a supreme creation of suspense and heroic adventure.

Two decades have passed since the musketeers triumphed over Cardinal Richelieu and Milady. Time has weakened their resolve, and dispersed their loyalties. But treasons and stratagems still cry out for justice:
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Paperback, Oxford World's Classics, 788 pages
Published 1993 by Oxford University Press (first published 1845)
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Bill Kerwin
May 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing

This sequel to The Three Musketeers is the “thinking man's” Blues Brothers, a “getting the band back together” tale that is set where such stories should be set: among friends in their forties and fifties, still vigorous in decline, constrained by the comforts and commitments of middle age. Hollywood, for the last quarter-century, has preferred “grumpy old _____” movies (fill in the blank, “astronauts,” “spies,” “mobsters,” etc.), but such heroes in retirement offer few interesting challenges; l
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Phil
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Just wow! I loved The Three Musketeers, but - if anything - I think that this was even better. Twenty Years After is the second installment in the Musketeers' tale (one that continues into a third part, 'Ten Years Later', which is normally split itself into three, the last of which is The Man in teh Iron Mask). That might be because I didn't' already know the story, but I think it was also because there's now a world-weariness about the four heroes. All now in their forties, they're almost ...more
Jan-Maat
I have only two enduring memories of this book.

The first is waiting at a supermarket, with the shopping on the belt, reaching into the pocket of my grey overcoat and discovering this book there, were I had plainly put it for safe keeping and then forgot about it. It was a small library book, possibly an old Everyman edition, and luckily I was then still young enough that I didn't have to pay library fines for late returned books. So I was able to enjoy the pure joy of escaping the eternity of tw
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Duffy Pratt
This book pales in comparison to The Three Musketeers only because Mordaunt is a much less interesting villain than his mother, Milady. Again, it would not be too difficult to twist this story so that Mordaunt becomes no villain at all. His goal is simply to avenge the murder of his mother. To that end he stabs a man who was already dying, he kills another of the murderers on a field of battle, and he tries to blow up the remaining four. In his mind, he's simply trying to get for himself the jus ...more
Krystal
Third read:

Ah! Au revoir my musketeer friends! Until the next book! Alas, we've lost some friends along the way!

With each re-read I gain so much more from this series, and I'm so in love with the characters, and the way Dumas writes them. It's absolutely fascinating to read about how four inseparable friends can be divided in opinion and yet still treat one another so respectfully. Athos in particular is a god among men, and even among his friends he's astoundingly honourable. I love how muc
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Dan Gladwell
Feb 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure
No one ever talks about Twenty Years After, and it's hard to find out it exists unless you're looking for more information on the Three Musketeers. I think the main reason behind this is just its bulk. It's a huge volume, and it is pretty daunting thinking you will be able to get through all those pages. However, it is still paced very well, and there is a lot of action here. Twenty Years after is much more character driven than Three Musketeers, and the emotional connection you feel to the char ...more
Michael Finocchiaro
The second and unfortunately often neglected story in the d'Artagnon cycle from Dumas is 20 Year Later. This takes place during the regency of Louis XIV (when the king is too young to take the throne - and here Louis is 5 when Louis XIII dies in 1643 and Richelieu rules in place of Queen Anne until Louis takes over in 1661) and with the background of Le Fronde (a failed coup d'état that haunted Louis XIV all his life and was one of the reasons for his paranoia and his concentration of power in t ...more
K.
Oct 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adventure lovers
Shelves: french-lit
Better than "Three Musketeers." Characters are much more developed and fleshed out and mature. More mature and thought-provoking themes. Loved reading every minute of it. Not one dull moment in all its 800+ pages. I love Dumas' sense of humor. d'Artagnan and Porthos really stood out so much more in this one, witty and truly humorous--I really enjoy laughing at true wit in a book. It makes me feel happy.

Dumas plays with history quite a bit and these can't be quite called "historical" in a true s
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Jessica
Sep 17, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
I must admit, I didn't like this book at all. Not because it wasn't well written, and not because there was anything wrong with it (there wasn't, by the way), it's just that the characters in the book did not seem like my old "friends", the Four Musketeers! Yes, they were named "D'Argatan", "Athos", "Porthos" and "Aramis" but they didn't seem like the same characters to me.
It's interesting though, if you wanted to find out what happended to all the characters in "The Three Musketeers", but reall
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Haaze
The novel was a pleasant continuation of the time warp to 17th century France initiated in “The Three Musketeers”. Dumas has taken the four heroes and superimposed them on actual historical events. At times this was quite exhilarating, while it could also be a marathon slog of names referring to countesses, princes and other royal figures involved in these events. I do wish that Dumas had more of a psychological level in his writing, as the characters at times appear as two-dimensional stereotyp ...more
Roman Clodia
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a room of the Palais-Cardinal which we already know, near a table with silver gilt corners, loaded with papers and books, a man was sitting, his head resting in his hands.


Thus starts the musketeers' second adventure, set 20 years after their first, but outdoing it in terms of scope, political impact and effect: for this time both France and England are in the middle of populist revolts, the first Fronde in Paris, Cromwell's war against the monarchy in England.

Dumas does a wonderful job
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Sarah
I liked The Three Musketeers better, but this was no disappointment; I adore the characters. My only real frustration was that it took so long to get the four of them together.

I kept getting my princes mixed up, and then Condi, Conte and Gondy, and it doesn't help that I read Queen Margot earlier this year and the books have characters with the same family names. But name confusion on the reader's behalf is standard for Dumas, at least for me.

One of my favorite quotes was d'Artagnan's descriptio
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Ensiform
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An excellent, entertaining, engrossing epic, a series of elegantly arranged adventures and intrigues that really drew me in. It was a rollicking good story, and the characters were brought to life with skill. At first, the situation in the book is a shock: striking down the cherished tradition of "all for one and one for all" in one of the world's great classics, the Musketeers are estranged and apart, and actually on different sides in the Cardinalist-Frondist conflict! But this unfortunate tur ...more
Judy
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 of the D'Artagnan Romances

The Musketeers re-unite to fight Milady's son, Mordaunt. The book is chock full of the same humor that made The Three Musketeers a classic. As usual, Dumas tweaks history to fit his novel's needs, but even so, I'm an even more confirmed Dumas-o-phile. I'm looking forward to reading Vicomte de Bragelonne next year.
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Leslie
Changing my previous rating of 3 stars.

It took me a little while to warm up to this sequel to "The Three Musketeers" but it was worth perservering! Once again, our 4 friends have become embroiled in court politics, this time involving Richelieu's successor Cardinal Mazarin. I had a little trouble identifying all the people as some of the historical characters were unknown to me yet were presented with little or no explanation. Thank goodness for the internet!

Also a little puzzled about Porthos -
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Elizabeth A
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: translated, audio, 2018
Book blurb: Twenty Years After (1845), the sequel to The Three Musketeers, is a supreme creation of suspense and heroic adventure.

'At this game, whoever does not kill is killed.'

As usual I'm struggling with how to best review this book. This always happens to me when I love a book as I'm filled with emotions that I don't have the skills to convey.

It's fantastic. See what I mean? What do I say next? OK here goes. In this installment we pick up 20 years after the events at the end of The Three Mus
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Caitlin
Mar 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was just as good as the sequel....I am serious! I didnt think it would be as good as the first one, because the three musketeers was seriously amazing, but this book was just as good!! (possibly better??) So just to give you a heads up, my favorite character Comte de la Fere (Athos) did NOT die. Thank gorfo. But somebody else did....so scroll down to read it. remember-its a SPOILER!!!





























Dear Charles I,
It is very unfortunate that you had to die. It's not like anybody elected you to be king
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Jim
Apr 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas is the first sequel to the original The Three Musketeers, to be followed by two, three, or four volumes -- based on the edition you have. D'Artagnan and his companions are now in middle age, but a new young 'un takes the stage, Raoul, the Vicomte de Bragelonne, with Athos as his guardian (and probable father).

The action is a bit confusing, because Twenty Years After is set during he Wars of the Fronde, in which both the bourgeois classes and the nobility hav
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Anirudh
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: classics
Turns out sequels were a bad idea even then. Twenty Years after is the novel that continues the life of D'Arthagnan and his three friends as they ride together once again (of course along with their servants) to save their country. However, this time they are older and not nearly as funny.

A lot of the book is missing the humour that made the first book one of my favourite reads. The comradeship does not actually begin for a hundred plus pages and even then, something seems to be missing.

The ch
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John
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If he's not the greatest writer that ever lived, he's in the top five. I've read 3 of his books in the past year and all 3, The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo and now, Twenty Years After, are 3 of my favorite of all time (The Count is in my top 3, if not the top). Twenty Years After takes place 20 years after the end of The Three Musketeers. Our 4 heroes are a bit older, but just as heroic, faithful and downright fun to follow!!! Pick this up and I guarantee you won't put it down qu ...more
Cyndi
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Of course this book is well written, these are classics for a reason. But, as usual, its obvious there were no editors (lol). The exciting parts in this book more than made up for the boring parts. You just have to hang on through them to get to the good parts. The touches of history were really cool. Charles I... Wow!
Regina Andreassen
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I am super fan of The Three Musketeers and I have both The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After indeluxe, vintage editions and I pride myself of it (I have the right, yeah? ;) ); yet, to me, Twenty Years After is better! I highly recommend it!
Kusaimamekirai
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-france
When I finished "The Three Musketeers" last year, I had no idea there was a sequel to it. Much less five sequels! So finding this book and being reunited with D'Artagnan, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis was quite a thrill. And this book certainly didn't disappoint. While it's not the Three Musketeers(few books are) it's still a swashbuckling, action packed adventure filled with diabolical villains and the at times ethically challenged Musketeers.
Dumas was a master at creating these kind of characte
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Erika L. Miller
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful story and only does justice to the original Three Musketeers story. This book is just not a sequel to the story but an excellent continuation of the story. The characters have changed and yet they have remained the same. d'Artangan is still the confident Gascon who has an idea and ambition for everything, Athos is still the loyal, nobel and honest cornerstone of the group, Aramis the loveable playboy who finds himself at odds with his ambitions of the past and desires for the ...more
GoldGato
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Dumas was the master of truly getting the reader so involved in the narrative, that we forget we are long past the age of swordplay. As the second volume in the Musketeer collection, Dumas brings us back together with the main characters while focusing on La Fronde, the French Civil War that raged as Louis XIV was coming of age. Athos, Porthos, and Aramis return, along with D'Artagnan of course, and we also see where Dumas is going with the future, as Raoul is introduced.

While the original Thre
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Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
The 4 musketeers band together again after 20 years apart for a second adventure. Set against the backdrop of England's civil war this story reads and feels much like the first novel. A very good sequel that stands up well to the first novel. Like the first one there are parts that drag due to the dated writing style. The storyline and characters are still very good. Recommended
Carole B
Mar 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Another great Dumas. Like the story.
Ayla
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Ruby
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
APU (As Per Usual), Alexandre Dumas astounds and amazes all with his sheer awesomeness- I love the three musketeers (+ 1), and I really liked this book as well.

Although written in consecutive years, these first two books of the D'Artagnan Romances show really big character changes over the 20 YEARS that have passed between the events in each book. Everyone, like the blurb says, has more to lose, and I think that ambition and new elements of their lives have brought out in each of the old muskete
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Misfit
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It's been twenty years since the close of The Three Musketeers, and only D'Artagnan remains in service to the French Crown. Richelieu is dead and his protege Mazarin now holds the power behind the throne. Anne of Austria rules as regent for her young son, and civil war threatens France.

D'Artagnan is sent to bring the Musketeers out of retirement, but they find themselves at odds between the two sides in the civil unrest. D'Artagnan wants to be promoted to captain and Porthos who wants to be a b
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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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Other books in the series

The D'Artagnan Romances (10 books)
  • The Three Musketeers (The D'Artagnan Romances, #1)
  • Le Vicomte de Bragelonne: Dix Ans Plus Tard, Louise de la Vallière, l'homme au masque de fer
  • The Vicomte de Bragelonne (The D'Artagnan Romances, #3.1)
  • Ten Years Later (The D'Artagnan Romances, #3.2)
  • Louise de La Vallière (The D'Artagnan Romances, #3.3)
  • The Man in the Iron Mask (The D'Artagnan Romances, #3.4)
  • Le Vicomte de Bragelonne I
  • Le Vicomte de Bragelonne II
  • Le Vicomte de Bragelonne III

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