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(The d'Artagnan Romances #1)

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Alexandre Dumas’s most famous tale— and possibly the most famous historical novel of all time— in a handsome hardcover volume.

This swashbuckling epic of chivalry, honor, and derring-do, set in France during the 1620s, is richly populated with romantic heroes, unattainable heroines, kings, queens, cavaliers, and criminals in a whirl of adventure, espionage, conspiracy, murd
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Paperback, 625 pages
Published February 13th 2001 by Modern Library (first published March 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 surp…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 have of…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 D'Artagnan and 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 her
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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
leynes
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
18/8/2019: Watch me fight all the people who dislike Milady but love the Count... meanwhile, her true identity is concealed by various aliases and her main goal in the story is to get revenge on the men who hurt her, so they're basically the same character. In this essay I will...
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18/8/2019: The moment I realised the only reason why the Cardinal wanted to take down the Queen was that she had previously rejected his advances...
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17/8/2019: I was really out here thinking that Constance would survive
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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
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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Katerina
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Random thoughts on The Three Musketeers
(because my brain refuses to write a full review)

‣ Reading The Three Musketeers was long overdue. The truth is, it was the very first story I loved as a child. I was four years old, and my favorite game was riding my imaginary steed in a desperate race to save Constance from evil Cardinal Richelieu. I grew up swallowing tales of the valiant Musketeers, and they became a part of my soul.

‣ Apparently there is a literary genre called swashbuckler that focu
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Sara
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Bradley
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Most people know the story. At the very least, they know about the story or they can quote that famous line. I was one of those peeps. I had never bothered to read the book because I saw an adaptation or two. lol

I'm so silly.

So I finally read the book and it was better! Surprise, surprise, right? There's even MORE pathos, chivalry, swordplay, hails of bullets, swooning maidens, and truly an evil Cardinal and a nasty Milady to butt heads against. At first, I honestly thought the over-the-top pre
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Peter
Feb 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Lisa
Jun 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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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Michael Finocchiaro
The initial tale where d'Artagnon as a relatively poor, relationless noble arriving in Paris and making friends with the legendary Porthos, Athos and Artemis and subsequently participating in a big adventure is one of the most exhilarating books of the 19th C in French literature. While not a children's book (due to the difficulty of the French text), the story itself is of course widely known and a favourite for story tellers (using abridged or illustrated versions) and for movie makers. My adv ...more
Trish
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All for one and one for all.

Probably THE most well-known quote from any book in history. This is the tale of D’Artagnon, a young Gascon traveling to Paris to seek his fortune and finding the three Musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis upon his arrival.
From then on, it is a swashbuckling adventure full of intrigues, sword fights, heartbreak and much more.

The story has been adapted too many times to count them all, making the names of the Musketeers as immortal as those of their adversaries: ca
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Karen Jackson
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Remarkable book. Reading this novel was awesome and fun.
J.G. Keely
May 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Luís C.
A young man named D'Artagnan is sent to Paris with three gifts from his father: fifteen crowns, a horse, and a letter of introduction to M. de Treville, a very important person. It is he who commands the king's musketeers. And she will also fall in love with Constance Bonacieux. The Duke of Buckingham will court Queen Anne of France. Since this can not be said publicly about the feelings of one another, she marries the king of France. Anne gives them some diamond pendants as consolation prize du ...more
Jessica
Dec 11, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Debra
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
The beginning of this book was a real stinker. I couldn't believe it was getting 4 star reviews from people. After the first couple of pages, I was ready to throw in the towel but I kept going and I am glad that I did. I am almost finished with this book. I will forgive Dumas for the first couple of pages - okay for me the first 45-50 pages. Because the rest of the book has been very good...should finish the book later today.
Piyangie
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really at a loss as to how I should review this book. I'm burdened with mixed feelings, both positive and negative. They are equally strong that I'm not sure how I exactly feel about the book.

I will not venture to state the story or any part of it, for there cannot be many who have not read it, or if not, have watched a movie adaptation. I will only express what I felt for the story, the characters, and writing.

First I'll begin with the writing. This is Dumas's forte. The exhibition of wit
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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
Maxwell
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, classics, 2018
After nearly 5 years of owning this book, I've finally read it (thanks to Rincey hosting the readalong this month that gave me the motivation). I can't say I loved the book, but it was fun and had its moments. It's sort of a bunch of vignettes, especially at the beginning, to acquaint you with the characters. And then the real plot sort of develops later on in the novel. It has all those follies and foibles of classics, with misdirection, confusion, deus ex machinas galore, and is, at times, a t ...more
Jo
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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Manny
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 pl
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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.
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Lizzy
What an adventure!
Highly recommended.
Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms  (Book.Enchantress)
3.5 Silver Stars
with Golden Sparks
(because I love Athos!)

at first I was afraid to read it because I'm not a classic reader.
but it had adventurous setting, so I decided to give it a try. (also my mom recommended it very often! she loved it! she loved Athos, so I fell in love with him, before I met him! I was looking forward to see him coming in the book)
✦ it was brilliant, I laughed a lot. but at some points, it wasn't as exciting as a fantasy adventurous action story (as I expected to have, at l
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Robin Hobb
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Accept no substitutes! Movies cannot do it justice. Read it. Then read Ten Years Later, Twenty Years Afterward, and well, just read all the Dumas you can get your hands on. You won't regret it. And it will greatly enhance your pleasure when you read The Phoenix Guards by Steven Brust.
J
May 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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Werner
Sep 19, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers interested in 19th-century classics
Note, Oct. 15, 2019: I edited this just now to correct a misspelled proper name.

Note: I read this in a different edition than the above, a 1952 printing by World Publishing Co. with a serviceable four-page introduction by a Thomas Layman. It gives no information on the date or provenance of its translation.

Until this month, my acquaintance with Dumas' classic, like most people's, came strictly from our popular culture (where the musketeer motif appears everywhere from movies to candy bars!) --pr
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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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