The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The Three Musketeers (Modern Library Classics)

Title: The Three Musketeers
Author: Alexandre Dumas
Published: First published in 1844
Pages: 640
ISBN: 9780375756740
Source: Library Book

Description:  First published in 1844, Alexandre Dumas’s swashbuckling epic chronicles the adventures of D’Artagnan , a gallant young nobleman who journeys to Paris in 1625 hoping to join the ranks of musketeers guarding Louis XIII. He soon finds himself fighting alongside three heroic comrades, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, who seek to uphold the honor of the king by foiling the wicked plots of Cardinal Richelieu and the beautiful spy “Milady.”
As Clifton Fadiman reflected, “We read The Three Musketeers to experience a sense of romance and for the sheer excitement of the story. In these violent pages all is action, intrigue, suspense, surprise and an almost endless chain of duels, murders, love affairs, unmaskings, ambushes, hairbreadth escapes, wild rides. It is all impossible and it is all magnificent.”

I Give This Book 3 Stars!

I’ve only seen the Disney version (the one with Kiefer Sutherland) of this book, so thought I might enjoy it for my classics challenge.  Boy, was I surprised.  It was not an easy read.  It’s large and cumbersome.  I didn’t have to force my way though it, just had to take my time.  I was most shocked by the differences.  I was under the impression that D’Artagnan was a follower and more of the type to get into trouble.  He’s actually more of the leader in this book.  The musketeers aren’t as valiant and courageous as I thought.  More along the lines of men who like their women and their wine, and prefer to haggle their way to getting them for free.   There wasn’t as much suspense, intrigue, coercion, and backstabbing as I anticipated.  I was glad when I finished it, but happy I read it.

Published in: on December 29, 2009 at 7:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist (Signet Classics)

Title: Oliver Twist
Author: Charles Dickens
Published: First Published in 1837
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9780451529718

Description: One of Dickens’s most popular novels, Oliver Twist is the story of a young orphan who dares to say, “Please, sir, I want some more.” After escaping from the dark and dismal workhouse where he was born, Oliver finds himself on the mean streets of Victorian-era London and is unwittingly recruited into a scabrous gang of scheming urchins. In this band of petty thieves Oliver encounters the extraordinary and vibrant characters who have captured readers’ imaginations for more than 150 years: the loathsome Fagin, the beautiful and tragic Nancy, the crafty Artful Dodger, and perhaps one of the greatest villains of all time—the terrifying Bill Sikes.
Rife with Dickens’s disturbing descriptions of street life, the novel is buoyed by the purity of the orphan Oliver. Though he is treated with cruelty and surrounded by coarseness for most of his life, his pious innocence leads him at last to salvation—and the shocking discovery of his true identity.

I Give This Book 3 Stars!

I struggled a little with this book.  I had a hard time with some of the characters, namely that bad ones.  Now, I like a good villain story as much as anyone.  But, every time something good happened to Oliver, I wanted to cheer!  But, then something horrible would happen, and I wanted to throw the book out the window.  The ending was gruesome, and I just wasn’t expecting it.  I was happy for Oliver when everything finally fell into place, but the story that took place for him to get there was just a strange twist of events.  I’m glad that I read it, but I think I might refrain from Dickens for a while…

Published in: on November 17, 2009 at 3:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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