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The classic adventure from the author of The Count of Monte Cristo and The Man in the Iron Mask.

In this swashbuckling epic, dArtagnan, not yet twenty, sets off for Paris in hopes of joining the Musketeers, that legion of heroes highly favored by King Louis XIII and feared by evil Cardinal Richelieu. By fighting alongside Athos, Porthos, and Aramis as they battle their enemies, dArtagnan proves he has the heart of a Musketeer and earns himself a place in their ranks. Soon dArtagnan and the gallant trio must use all their wits and sword skills to preserve the queens honor and thwart the wicked schemes of Cardinal Richelieu. With this classic tale, Dumas embroiders upon history a colorful world of swordplay, intrigue, and romance, earning The Three Musketeers its reputation as one of the most thrilling adventure novels ever written.

An Unabridged Translation, Revised and Updated by Eleanor Hochman

With an Introduction by Thomas Flanagan and an Afterword by Marcelle Clements

 

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Wrongfully imprisoned for fourteen years, Edmond Dantes escapes to the island of Monte Cristo. What awaits him there is a fortune in gold-and a new identity with which to persue his revenge and redemption.

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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 swashbuckling epic chronicles the adventures of d’Artagnan, a brash young man from the countryside who journeys to Paris in 1625 hoping to become a musketeer and guard to King Louis XIII. Before long he finds treachery and court intrigue—and also three boon companions: the daring swordsmen Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. Together they strive heroically to defend the honor of their queen against the powerful Cardinal Richelieu and the seductive spy Milady.

About the Author

Alexandre Dumas was born July 24, 1802, at Villiers-Cotterets, France, the son of Napoleon's famous mulatto general, Dumas. Alexandre Dumas began writing at an early age and saw his first success in a play he wrote entitled Henri III et sa Cour (1829). A prolific author, Dumas was also an adventurer and took part in the Revolution of 1830. Dumas is most famous for his brilliant historical novels, which he wrote with collaborators, mainly Auguste Maquet, and which were serialized in the popular press of the day. His most popular works are The Three Musketeers(1844), The Count of Monte Cristo (1844-45), and The Man in Iron Mask (1848-50). Dumas made and lost several fortunes, and died penniless on on December 5, 1870.

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Amy Wachsmuth, October 14, 2013 (view all comments by Amy Wachsmuth)
As a person who read The Count of Monte Cristo twice, I was ready to devour this book and have The Man in the Iron Mask for dessert. It started out strong. D’Artagnan is an honorable fellow from the French back-woods of Gascony, riding his half-dead yellow nag across country to Paris in hopes of joining the venerated Musketeers of King Louis XIII. On his first day in Paris he manages to get in a duel with each of The Three Musketeers. The Three Musketeers show up to second each other during their respective duels. They soon join forces to fight off the guardsmen of the villainous Cardinal Richelieu. Together the men defeat five of the Cardinals best men. Yes, loving this so far! Then things get weak for about 700 pages.

It was too much like a theatrical play where the drama is over played. This kind of thing: For this insult, I will avenge my honor--to the death!! And, d’Artagnan burned with all consuming love for Mme. Bonacieux then shortly after she was captured, he burned with love for the villain, Milady; ill using her handmaiden to get to her. Blah.

I thought the Three Musketeers would be more about--The Three Musketeers! Athos, Porthos and Aramis--all for one and one for ALL! Sadly, these guys only pop in now and again to liven things up. I thought there’d be tight plots and subplots, with more action. I had no idea that d’Artagnan was the main character. Perhaps I should have paid more attention to the “Book One of the d’Artagnan Romances”.

Another problem was that this book was originally written as a serial novel. I had the same issue with The Tale of Two Cities. I think of 19th century serials as today’s TV series. Imagine sitting down to watch a movie and putting in Downton Abbey; with the expectation of getting one cohesive story. It’s annoying. The twist and turns later in the story don't really relate as well as they should to earlier parts of the story and it goes on and on and on. Had I read this book an episode at a time, eagerly awaiting next week's episode, I might have liked it more… perhaps.

BUT, somewhere in the last one-third of the book the villain extraordinaire, Milady, is captured. Then Dumas' stellar writing with tight plots and sub-plots returns. I flashed through the rest of the book and it ended in a most satisfying way. He tied up all disparate story-lines with excellent plot twists, action, and brilliant character revelations--best of all d’Artagnan was hardly there, leaving me wishing there was more. In a book of 1700 pages, this is saying something. I’m glad I slogged through the 700 or so pages of d’Artagnan mire. The payoff was worth it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780451530035
Afterword:
Clements, Marcelle
Introduction:
Flanagan, Thomas
Translator:
Hochman, Eleanor
Introduction:
Flanagan, Thomas
Author:
Celestin, Roger
Author:
Flanagan, Thomas
Author:
Hochman, Eleanor
Author:
Dumas, Alexandre
Author:
Clements, Marcelle
Afterword by:
Clements, Marcelle
Afterword:
Clements, Marcelle
Publisher:
Signet Classics
Subject:
History
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Swordsmen
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Adventure fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Signet Classics
Publication Date:
20060131
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
6.80x4.60x1.39 in. .67 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Wrongfully imprisoned for fourteen years, Edmond Dantes escapes to the island of Monte Cristo. What awaits him there is a fortune in gold-and a new identity with which to persue his revenge and redemption.

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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 swashbuckling epic chronicles the adventures of d’Artagnan, a brash young man from the countryside who journeys to Paris in 1625 hoping to become a musketeer and guard to King Louis XIII. Before long he finds treachery and court intrigue—and also three boon companions: the daring swordsmen Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. Together they strive heroically to defend the honor of their queen against the powerful Cardinal Richelieu and the seductive spy Milady.

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