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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (May 11 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486456811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486456812
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 16.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book really captures the essence of adventure. I would recommend this book to anyone . The Musketeers takes you back to your childhood.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 22 1998
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One would think, based on the price of this "limited edition" publication, that this would be an elegant and well produced hard-cover edition. What I discovered on delivery is that this is a truly plain-jane publication: no foreword, no introduction, no mention of who translated this edition, no dust cover and so on and so on. Save your money, and don't order this edition. This is a great story, and it deserves a better treatment.
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Hilarious and interesting July 12 2011
By Gretchen - Published on
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.

A lot of things happen in this book. Pretty much every chapter introduces a new plot, and after a while, I forgot things that happened earlier in the book.

This novel is pretty much a coming-of-age story. After a while, d'Artagnan becomes more brave and less reckless, and he gets a promotion, and everyone gets along with the cardinal. The queen's lover dies, which I thought was what they were trying most to avoid, but I guess it didn't matter. Madame Bonacieux died, but d'Artagnon got his revenge for her death. So everything is resolved in the end in a way, and the characters all got their happy endings. I enjoyed the book, and Dumas's writing was pretty easily comprehended.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Book With Everything You Want in a Story Aug. 30 2011
By Debnance at Readerbuzz - Published on
Format: Paperback
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?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A rollicking adventure story Nov. 7 2011
By Natalie - Published on
Format: Paperback
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. Anyway, for anyone else who has fears about this being a dry novel only enlivened on film, put those fears aside because you will speed through most of this book.

You may have noticed that slight caveat, most. I will admit that there are slow parts, especially in the beginning where there is a lot of description. And perhaps this, in addition to the considerable length, is why there are abridged versions. But don't give up and just start on an abridged version. This truly is a marvelous story, the slow parts aren't that numerous, and I really think there is something to the theory that a story should be enjoyed as the author intended it... except that I definitely couldn't wait to read the next chapter!!

For more reviews, search for my blog, Life Off the Shelf.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fantastically Five Star !!!!! Jan. 17 2013
By robert a. armon - Published on
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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
Adventure, Intrigue, Romance and Murder Sept. 2 2013
By Edward J. Barton - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.