- Series: Signet classics
- Mass Market Paperback: 648 pages
- Publisher: Signet Classics; Revised edition (October 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451525477
- ISBN-13: 978-0451525475
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.4 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 487 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,768,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Three Musketeers (Signet classics) Mass Market Paperback – October 3, 1991
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Original Language: French
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As far as I understand, this edition retains much of the Dumasness in English and in the process is a great read! A classic like this could be butchered to death by tasteless fools and still hold onto some worth so, since the translation is clean and interesting, the material is elevated. Whatever your preference, this version certainly warrants a place in the market and quite possibly your bookshelf.
The copy lived up to the look I wanted. It had the design that would be intimidating when he was learning to read, the design that made it clearly an "adult" book...and then the title: "The Three Musketeers" which was enough, at least for me, to give it a peak inside and discover the adventure.
I hope things go the same way here. Its really a must read for childhood and it has that mysterious feel that a kid would eventually be attracted to.
This is the only 99 cent version of this book that I've seen for Kindle that had actual *editing* done to it! It is well laid out, and includes numerous appropriate illustrations. The only problem is that some of the formatting doesn't quite look right. The all-caps text appears tiny and some of the illustration titles use a peculiar mix of fonts that occasionally appear larger or smaller than normal text. It's a minor problem, but it can be distracting.
I'm not positive, but I suspect the source text for this is the free Project Gutenberg version. However, unlike most of the cheap Kindle editions that merely copy and paste the text from Project Gutenberg, the editor who created this ebook took the time to convert ALL CAPS to italics, spent some time formatting it, and added illustrations. It also has the coolest looking cover of any Kindle edition of The Three Musketeers.
The Penguin Classics edition has better editing and presentation, but it's $13. For 99 cents, this Kindle edition is well worth it. Certainly more worth it than every other 99 cent version I've sampled, and it's definitely better than the free Amazon Services edition.
I cannot read French, but I was curious to see how English translation would measure up. I read some recommendations and it looked that this was one of the better ones (which makes sense since it is more expensive) - at the very least the phrasing is very very similar to Russian translation. Not sure if that means that they are both good, but I hope so.
Why do I love this book so much? Of course for the main characters , for Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artanian. They all may be flawed characters, but they fostered a friendship which survived everything. One for all and all for one is the slogan which was always very appealing to me. I love that Dumas who wrote an adventure story managed to write a story where so called villains (most of them anyway) value bravery and honor even if in their enemies.