Thursday, May 6, 2010
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (Review)
Summary from Amazon:
The Three Musketeers" is the story of the young hot tempered country lad named D'Artagnan who leaves home to join his the Musketeers. D'Artagnan's father had been a musketeer. But in Paris despite being good with the sword D'Artagnan must prove himself before being offered a commission to the elite-fighting regiment. But then at last D'Artagnan is befriended by three musketeer's best soldiers, Athos, Porthos and Aramis. They teach the boy the ways of the world, of women and of war.
Overall I liked this book. I read the Modern Library Translation and it seemed fine to me. I wish I knew the language and could read the original because something is always lost in translation. Anyway the plot was interesting although it took me a while to read. I would read then put it down and pick it up again. It is almost 600 pages long but worth every page. I can't see where anything could be cut out. The only thing that really bothered me was the whole everybody had a mistress and they gave the musketeers money etc. I absolutely hate adultery so this almost ruined the book for me. I do understand that the time period and era the book is set in has something to do with it. It definitely had mystery, intrigue, and adventure. I am planning on checking the second book out of the library based on these characters but I am not sure if it can measure up to this book. It deserves to be a classic and I am glad I read it. :)