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'I was utterly engrossed!terrific.' Antonia Fraser, The Times 'Dumas is a master of ripping yarns full of fearless heroes, poisonous ladies and swashbuckling adventurers.' The Guardian ' 'Engrossing and often hilarious!bounds along at a thumping pace.' The Guardian --The Times --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Frequently imitated but rarely surpassed, Dumas is one of the best known French writers and a master of ripping yarns full of fearless heroes, poisonous ladies and swashbuckling adventurers. his other novels include The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask, which have sold millions of copies and been made into countless TV and film adaptions. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Dover Thrift Editions edition (May 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486456811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486456812
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gretchen on July 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas is a novel set in 17th century France focusing on the young d'Artagnan and his adventures with the musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis. The four men have to stop bad people from doing bad things, while saving the integrity of both the Queen and France herself.

This book is actually really funny. Everything is over the top and dramatic. d'Artagnan and the musketeers will rush into any fight, and they all have various love trysts, though none quite so many as d'Artagnan. The main character falls in love with quite a few women and fights with a lot of men. The plot is kind of confusing, and I had trouble seeing the point behind many parts, but the characters are amusing and the action is pretty good. The book is very enjoyable.

My absolute favorite part in this book is when d'Artagnan meets the title characters. He gets on each of their bad sides and ends up dueling all three of them, each fight an hour apart. Eventually, they realize that they actually quite like each other, and they become best friends. What a fantastic way for characters to meet. The men in this book agree to duels a lot, and most of the times it's for no reason at all, and it's pretty entertaining.

Another great part is when d'Artagnan meets Madame Bonacieux and immediately falls in love, and tells her so the same day. At first, I was like dude she's married, but then I realized that literally every person in this book is having an affair, so I suppose that's the norm. But then she's taken prisoner, and d'Artagnan pretty much forgets about her. He starts sleeping with "Milady" and her maid at the same time. He quickly forgets about the maid too, but he wants revenge on Milady for a lot of bad things she did, which he gets in the end.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Debnance at Readerbuzz on August 30, 2011
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I finally finished it. Over seven hundred pages. And I finished it.

It was fantastic. Plots and schemes. Duels. Men thrown in prisons. Gambling. Sword play. Admirable women and treacherous women. Friendships among men. Loyalty. Struggles for power.

My favorite read of the year. Not sure anything else could even come close.

To be honest, that really surprises me. I never dreamed I would love The Three Musketeers like I do.

Ever read something you'd expected to hate but found yourself loving?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on November 7, 2011
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This book, like The Count of Monte Cristo, is an excellent adventure story slightly based on historical fact. Of course, the story is also very much in the news right now with the release of the new movie, which, based purely on the cast list, might actually be more faithful to the novel than other movies, but don't hold me to that.

Anyway, who doesn't know the story of D'Artagnan and the three musketeers? There have been so many movies based on the book or the characters that I feel it would be a rare person who does not have a mental picture of the musketeers and their "one for all and all for one" motto. I have definitely seen several musketeer movies, but I don't think I was fully aware of all the intricacies of Dumas' original novel. I don't want to go into those intricacies now, but I will say that all the interwoven plotting of the principal characters makes for an exciting and fast-paced read.

Which brings me to my next point. I know someone who also read this book recently and had never before read a Dumas. This person was expecting a dry, dark, period piece that would be difficult to get through and was pleasantly surprised by the energy of The Three Musketeers. So much so that this person is now reading The Man in the Iron Mask and will, eventually, follow that up with The Count of Monte Cristo. Now, I had read The Count of Monte Cristo years ago, albeit an abridged version, and had enjoyed it as a fantastic, intriguing novel, which meant that I was not at all surprised to find The Three Musketeers so interesting. It is also not surprising that many chapters end on cliffhangers, because like many novels of the time, The Three Musketeers was originally serialized so Dumas had to make sure to keep drawing in readers week after week.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By robert a. armon on January 17, 2013
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At age 65, I guess I was finally ready for this masterpiece!
It was 'swashbuckling' to say the least. Wonderful reading.
To me, it is amazing how Dumas could even think this creatively and pack his writing with page after page of excirement.
Definitely a five-star read!

RAA, Denver, CO
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Having never read the Three Musketeers, I resolved to pick up the book and give it a go over the long Labor Day weekend. There is no question in my mind after reading it why the book is a classic and why the story and the characters are so popular. The book contains everything that a great novel should - layers of meaning, symbolism, complex characters, archetypes, adventure, romance, plot twists, suspense. It is all there. In spades.

Based loosely on historical events around the assassination of the Duke of Buckingham and the siege of La Rochelle, the boo chronicles the journey of young d'Artangan from a poor but noble family in Gascony to become a member of the King's Musketeers. Introducing complex characters such as Cardinal Richelieu and Milady de Winter, Dumas weaves an intricate tale of international intrigue, murder and adventure. Expecting to find the book a tough read, I actually thoroughly enjoyed the book, and found it to be as fun and nearly as page turning as any modern novel of the same genre.

If you haven't read The Three Musketeers, I would highly recommend it to any reader - young or old. Dumas is a brilliant author and the story remains timeless.
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