- Hardcover: 628 pages
- Publisher: DOUBLEDAY & CO INC (1973)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001LH1FIW
- Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 492 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,496,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Three Musketeers Hardcover – 1973
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Dumas takes an interesting approach in that our main protagonist, d'Artagnan, is not in fact one of the titular Three Musketeers. Travelling from Gascony to Paris in 1620's France to make his fortune, the young, arrogant, brave, and - fortunately for himself - very capable d'Artagnan ends up friends with Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, and caught in the web of plots surrounding Cardinal Richelieu, King Louis XIII, and the Queen, Anne of Austria. D'Artagnan and each of the Musketeers are an interesting character in their own right, with Athos serious and brooding, Porthos an amusing but deadly fop, and Aramis constantly flirting with taking up the priesthood. The friendship between the four is also very well written, and it's with good reason that "the three musketeers" is still a byword for an extremely close group of comrades.
The Cardinal is the main nemesis and architect of the troubles the four friends find themselves in, but their immediate trouble largely comes from Milady de Winter. Milady perhaps the trickiest, most conniving, slippery, and vindictive character I've come across. Despite all the precautions d'Artagnan, the Musketeers, and the other allied characters take, Milady continues to find a way to cause trouble, leaving the fortunes of men, women, and nations torn asunder in her wake. She's quite the piece of work.
I have two small problems with the book. First, for a swashbuckling novel, there are long stretches where there's no action. Instead the characters do a lot of boozing and schmoozing during these parts of the novel. Now, I'm all for character building and these parts are fun, but I was expecting a little more action in the most famous swashbuckling book of all time. There are even several chapters very near the end that focus entirely on Milady's dastardly schemes, and the Musketeers aren't even around. My second issue is that, since the four friends' main rival is a woman and the story is written in 1844 and takes place in the 1620's, the climactic showdown with Milady has no action, and - to keep our heroes from getting their hands dirty - a previously completely unknown character shows up right at that point with his own grudge against Milady and takes a very active roll. That seemed, frankly, like a bit of a cop out.
I listened to Blackstone Audio's 2007 production of The Three Musketeers as read by Simon Vance. I'm a huge fan of Vance, and have listened to him narrate other swashbuckling works suck as Rafael Sabatini's Scaramouche and Captain Blood. Vance does another excellent job here. He delivers the drama very well, and does a fantastic job of keeping it easy to track who's speaking, which is quite a feat for the large cast in this book. There are the four heroes, their four servants, the Cardinal, Milady, lots of other courtly allies and enemies, and love interests, but as soon as Vance speaks, you know who's involved. He also depicts the action in a very stirring and heart-pumping manner. The man knows how to narrate a duel, without a doubt. This unabridged recording runs approximately 23 hours. My only quibble with the production is that I was unable, either from the packaging, Blackstone's website, or anywhere else, to determine which translation was used in the recording.
I recommend The Three Muskeers for anyone looking for a classic adventure tale. It's not perfect, but there is a good reason it's such a well-regarded novel. The characters are a lot of fun, the action is exciting, and the intrigue was excellent. I just wish there was a bit more action. If you're an audio book fan, definitely check out Vance's performance.
The story, like most of Dumas's work, is awesome and just couldn't be improved. So until a better translation comes along, this will do nicely.