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La Reine Margot (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – April 15, 2009
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About the Author
David Coward is a translator from French, whose translations include works by authors such as Alexandre Dumas, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, and the Marquis de Sade.
Top Customer Reviews
Based on available historical sources at the time and embellished with Dumas' unique sense of drama, it is a spectacular read, full of danger, sudden developments, and psychological depth. While it may not be as deep as Stendhal's best works, it is absolutely first rate as a historical novel, a genre that Dumas helped to develop. It stimulates the reader's desire to plung more deeply into French history as well.
Dumas fans know that he wrote four great books OR SERIES: The Count of Monte Cristo, a stand-alone; The Three Musketeers series, of which Twenty Years After is actually the best, though lots of readers don't get to it; The Reine Margot series, whose great character Chicot the Jester has a book of his own which is also better than the first book in the series, La Reine Margot; and The Memoirs of a Physician series. These series are gigantic. Dumas himself said The Three Musketeers was the best, and The Count of Monte Cristo didn't quite live up to it. Most readers think they're equally good. The other two series are of similar excellence, and Dumas fans know it.
Dumas worked with collaborators who did ninety percent of the writing. This kind of writing factory is still in existence today, of course. It matters how good his collaborators were, and in these four series they were all excellent. His other 400 (!!!) volumes are not as good -- but the four top series alone add up to about fifty modern novels in length.
The characters are vibrant (especially Margot, which is something of a surprise because Dumas' female characters are not as often sympathetic as are his male characters); the plot is intricate; and the adventure and emotion run high. Margot is daughter, sister, and wife to kings of France, so you know that a great deal of intrigue will be present as well.
I have a small complaint about the translation. Sometimes the translator's decision to leave a word in French or translate it seems arbitrary. Additionally, sometimes a badly chosen English word interrupts the flow of the story. However, this minor annoyance should not dissuade anyone from reading a truly thrilling five-star book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely love this book. I am a huge fan of classic literature and Alexander Dumas is a staple in my library. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Liana Khacha
La Reine Margot est une histoire historique avec l'amour, la mort, et l'intrigue. On rencontre Charles IX, intelligent, quelquefois gentil, ét quelquefois sur le pouce de... Read morePublished 19 months ago by J.K. George
Murder, rescues, intrigue, passion, desire, bloodshed, massacres, death, necromancy, betrayal, poisoned cosmetics, marriages of convenience, infidelity, open marriages, poisoned... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Tom From NY
After you have read The Three Musketeers (and Twenty Years After and The Man in the Iron Mask too) and The Count of Monte Christo, then, not expecting anyone (including myself) to... Read morePublished 21 months ago by David H. Eisenberg
The infamous Saint Bartholomew Day Massacre is the historical backdrop for this wonderful story of love and death. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by pbeckmann
I discovered Alexandre Dumas when I was in my early teens. The first book of his I read, The Three Musketeers, impressed me so much that I have since devoured every historical... Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by CatLover
I love love love Dumas Pere. La Reine Margot (Oxford World's Classics) is one of his relatively lesser-known works, but it is just as fabulous as his more commonly recognized... Read morePublished on July 18, 2011 by Jill-Elizabeth (Jill Franclemont)
I would like to respond to these people commenting on whether these Oxford edtions are abridged or not. I just picked up a copy of the Oxford-"Count of Monte Cristo". Read morePublished on February 4, 2011 by Odo of Venafro