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Product Details

  • Series: Modern Library
  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library; Reprint edition (November 18, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679603328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679603320
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I do not say there is no character as well drawn in Shakespeare [as D'Artagnan]. I do say there is none that I love so wholly."
--Robert Louis Stevenson

"The lasting and universal popularity of The Three Musketeers shows that Dumas, by artlessly expressing his own nature in the persons of his heroes, was responding to that craving for action, strength and generosity which is a fact in all periods and all places."
--Andreé Maurois

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I read the unabridged (do not get the abridged version) in 6 days.
John Benintendi
The character dialogue is also wonderful, and the relationships and the ways the characters respond to one another is very realistic.
Linda Nolan
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read, it really is a classic.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By WILLIAM H FULLER on October 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Dumas' "The Three Musketeers" is one of those books whose title one grows up knowing. In fact, it is difficult to remember a time when one was not familiar with this title! Also familiar from childhood is the slogan "one for all and all for one," although it appears but once in the entire 400+ page novel (the number of pages varying by edition, type size, etc.) In my case, this early familiarity with the title and the popular slogan enabled me to grow up with a thorough misunderstanding of what the book was about. I always assumed it was a series of swashbuckling, derring-do adventures by three gallant rogues bound together by fealty and love of carefree adventure. Finally, I had time to grow up and actually read the book that I felt I already knew and, in so doing, I found most of my assumptions about it to have been rather inaccurate. Ah, how reality intrudes upon safe assumptions formed in ignorance of facts!

The three musketeers, of whom there are really four who are germane to the story, are nominally soldiers of King Louis XIII, and they easily spend as much time fighting other French soldiers who are more loyal to Cardinal Richelieu than to the monarch. Not pitched battles, you understand, but back alley sword fights as chance meetings permit. But such knavery is but a small part of the intrigue, plotting, spying, assassination, and sundry other peccadillos that characterize the royal court. Add to the royal jealousies a measure of personal infatuations, kidnappings and imprisonments, and we find a web which ensnares more than one of our fine musketeers.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Crawford on December 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
THere is a reason that most classics are regarded as classics: they are timeless and very fun to read, often far more interesting fun than you would imagine. THis is a long book, 900 pages in the French version, but I sliced through so fast that I was sorry when it ended.
The plot outline is simple. The four musketeers - for there really are four - want to help the queen in her love for Lord Buckingham of England. All the rest is intrigue and adventure related to that. But the episodes are so funny, the chemistry between the characters so subtle and realistic, that it makes for a truly great read. Indeed, the characters of the musketeers are so well drawn, their inter-relations so complex, that a film or even a miniseries simply cannot do it justice. The glimpses at historical personnages is also fascinating, from Richelieu to Louis XIII. Finally, you get a flavor for the Paris of that epoch, with the rumbling of the religious wars in the background. But this is not a dark book, Like the Reine Margot: it is a great frolic of brotherhood and good guys and bad guys. Taken for what it is, it is one of the greatest.
Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam VINE VOICE on March 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm a big fan of Dumas and thus far have finished this and 20-years after (and will likely continue the series at some point).

There's not a whole lot I can add here as 186 people have already reviewed this, so I'll keep this brief.

On the edition, I read the Modern Library hardcover edition (I note this in case my review turns up under other editions, as often happens on Amazon) and I liked it. That said, I'm not familiar with any of the other translations so can't really provide a comparative analysis, but suffice it to say I found the modern libary edition very good (high quality materials and the translation was by all means easy to read).

On the story, it is in my opinion one of the most enjoyable I've ever read. It's entertaining, it's full of action, and it's humorous at times. But it's the characters that make it such an enjoyable, memorable read - d'Artagnan in my opinion is one of the most memorable and easiest to relate to protagonists in all fiction (whether we're talking about novels, film, or TV, Dumas' d'Artagnan is one of my favorite fictional characters ever), and his three friends (as well as his enemies) are equally well crafted.

Highly recommended - in fact I'd call it a must read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By vpelham on March 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
(Haven't yet read this book yet) I am very pleased with the quality of the Reader's Digest World's Best Reading series. All the books are very nicely printed and bound and I plan to purchase many more of the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on February 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Three Musketeers is a great book. It's a adventure from start to finish. I rank it just behind The Count of Monte Cristo as one of the many great Alexandre Dumas novels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AvalonSilver on August 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A few reasons that this book is worshipped by many of its readers, including me.
1. It's the quintessential story of friendship. Many, many sets of good friends over the years have called themselves musketeers, and this novel is why. The four main characters have unforgettable but distinct personalities.
2. No one had ever written action-adventure the way Alexandre Dumas did.
3. Very witty dialogue. Each character has his own brand of humor, making this book even more fun than it otherwise would be.
4. Very evocative of the time period in which it is set.
READ THIS BOOK! I reccomend it to anyone.
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