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The Three Musketeers (Puffin Classics) Paperback – Abridged, November 1, 1995
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About the Author
Robin Waterfield is a graduate of Manchester University and studied Greek philosphy at King's College, Cambridge. He is currently writing a major biography of Kahlil Gibran.
Top Customer Reviews
Second notice: do NOT be fooled into beleiving this is a history book. This is a work of fiction, and a magnificent one.
So, with that in mind, what can one say about The Three Musketeers? Athos, Porthos, Aramis, D'Artangnan, the great friends, the great heros, the part-time cads, the drinkers, womanizers, war heros, saviours of the Queen's honour, foils to M. le Cardinal -- these are the ultimate Larger Than Life characters. They foil dastardly plots, they involve themselves in high politics and affairs of state, the duel constantly, and still find time to learn lessons of friendship, honour, and betrayal.
This is not a children's book, no more than 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is a children's book. It was written for adults and there are many scenes children will not understand and will become bored with. Do not let that stop YOU from reading it. Teach you children parts of the tale and then work them towards it. Do yourself a favour and find out just how rich and complex this tale is. You will enjoy it.
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, just after the religious wars.
Based mostly around the character of D'Artagnan, a young man trying to enter the Musketeers, the personal bodyguard of the King of France. Befitting a King, his bodyguard contingent is very large, but D'Artagnan befriends three of the company: Athos, Porthos and Aramis, in addition to their captain, whose name I cannot recall as I am writing this review. Befitting the central character, this book is written with the exuberance of youth in such intoxicating measure that the reader cannot help but feel genuine affection for the loyal, heroic, though occasionally hotheaded D'Artagnan and his well-matched friends.
The book slows down near the end for some rather unexciting, though very important, character development which itself leads to a vital development in the story. However, despite the fact the plot does tend to drag a bit in this section, it is, indeed, very important and, more importantly, the slowdown in that portion allows the frightful pace of the next few chapters to feel that much more urgent.
All in all, this book is just a rollicking good time. For people who want to read a well written book with an intense plot, characters for whom one can feel genuine affection and a vivid sense of setting: this is a book that belongs in one's personal library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a reader and like seeing how other write and see thing in there perspective ways one day some will come out with the real truth.Published on February 23, 2013 by Cheryl Van Horn
when I first read it in high school, I noticed attitudes different from what I was used to, in lit and in life. Read morePublished on August 10, 2011 by Evelina
A few months ago I was in the mood to read a good classic, and stumbled across Alexander Dumas' famous narrative The Three Musketeers in a bookstore. Read morePublished on April 1, 2005 by Dan
The Three Musketeers was an awesome read! I really enjoyed it! Dumas definitely has a sense of humor - I found myself laughing at the antics of d'Artagnon and Porthos. Read morePublished on March 2, 2005 by Leah
Swashbucklers, romance, political intrigue and treachery! This book should actually be called the four musketeers, since there are actually four protagonists. Read morePublished on January 17, 2005 by Shirley Schwartz
The book, Three Muskateers is a fun-filled adventure story of a young man named D`Artagnan. D`Artagnan goes to France in search of a job with the King as a muskateer. Read morePublished on December 1, 2004
The Three Musketeers is a great book about a young man, D'Artagnan, and his three friends, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. Read morePublished on December 1, 2004
This book has a nice supply of vivid characters- the hero: noble, brave and for the good of all, D'Artagnan. D'Artagnan is my favorite character of this story. Read morePublished on November 30, 2004
The Three Musketeers is an adventurous book about a man named D`Artagnan. He sets off to France to get a job serving for the King or the Cardinal. Read morePublished on November 30, 2004