The adventures of a young man named d'Artagnan after he leaves home to become a guard of the musketeers. D'Artagnan is not one of the musketeers of the title; those are his friends Athos, Porthos, and Aramis.
sons who appeared to listen to him with respect. d'Artagnan fancied quite naturally, according to his custom, that he must be the object of their conversation, and listened. This time d'Artagnan was only in part mistaken; he himself was not in question, but his horse was. The gentleman appeared to be enumerating all his qualities to his auditors; and, as I have said, the auditors seeming to have great deference for the narrator, they every moment burst into fits of laughter. Now, as a half-smile was sufficient to awaken the irascibility of the young man, the effect produced upon him by this vociferous mirth may be easily imagined.
Nevertheless, d'Artagnan was desirous of examining the appearance of this impertinent personage who ridiculed him. He fixed his haughty eye upon the stranger, and perceived a man of from forty to forty-five years of age, with black and piercing eyes, pale complexion, a strongly marked nose, and a black and well-shaped mustache. He was dressed in a doublet and hose of a violet
Very good, although I did not enjoy it as much as Count of Monte Cristo. The Three Musketeers takes some time to get started. In particular I found the introduction to the Musketeers, their lackeys, and lodging accommodations long and tedious. Once the action and suspense gets started it is great through the end of the book.
This book was written by French author Alexandre Dumas père in 1844. It's quite a long story: paperback versions have over 400 pages. Dumas has written two sequels to this book: 'Twenty years later' (1845) and 'The vicomte de Bragelonne' (1847).
The story is partly based on true facts. The figure D'Artagnan is based on Charles de Bast de Castelmore, count of Artagnan. He was a musketeer in the service of King Louis XIV and died during the siege of Maastricht (The Netherlands) in 1673.
Set in the early 17th century this book tells the story of 4 musketeers: Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan. Musketeers were guards to the King. The book narrates the adventures of these four young men. They get involved in: betrayal, lies, assassinations, true friendship, love, kidnap, fighting, and the conspiracy by Cardinal Richelieu to overthrow the King. In this story the brotherhood between men is portrayed as one of the most important values in life.
This adventure/historical novel is an entertaining story.
One of the best reviews I ever read in a very long time...
Very, very good!
Chivalrous and passionate characters, swordfights, intrigue, despicable villains, and complicated plots. Great stuff!