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Free download Les Trois Mousquetaires ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¼ Alexandre Dumas’s most famous tale— and possibly the most famous historical novel of all time— in a handsome hardcover volumeThis swashbuckling epic of chivalry honor and derring do set in France during the 1620s is richly populated D his unhappy ueen and of course the three musketeers themselves Athos Porthos and Aramis whose motto “all for one one for all” has come to epitomize devoted friendship With a plot that delivers stolen diamonds masked balls purloined letters and of course great bouts of swordplay The Three Musketeers is eternally entertaining. I'm not going to waste time than necessary for this classic The problem seems to come from me since I couldn't follow a lot of the dialog I couldn't make any sense of what transpired here especially in the last third of the bookI liked the intrigue with the royal couple of LouisXIII and Anne d'Autruche And as soon as these historical characters disappeared from the book did my enjoyment evaporate as well Like I said I don't want to dwell on this one starred book too muchone for all and all for oneHaving said that I read the book in French and I think if I hadn't if I'd read it in English I wouldn't have been able to finish the book The French language was a novelty which kept me going I simply cannot enjoy most classics Now to move onwards as soon as I'm able to

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Enture espionage conspiracy murder vengeance love scandal and suspense Dumas transforms minor historical figures into larger than life characters the Comte d’Artagnan an impetuous young man in pursuit of glory; the beguilingly evil seductress “Milady”; the powerful and devious Cardinal Richelieu; the weak King Louis XIII an. This is going to take some explaining but my guiltiest pleasure when it comes to books is Alexandre Dumas' The Three MusketeersI hear you saying How on Earth can that be a guilty pleasure I know It's a recognized classic It has far reaching pop culture impactIt's considered one of the greatest adventures ever written It has two of the most memorable villains in literature; it has four kick ass action heroes It has sword fights romance intrigue and most people think it has big laughs it doesn't which is the thing that pisses me off most about its pop culture adaptations Even if people haven't read the book they know the Three Musketeers Hell most people even know that D'Artagnan the main hero of the book is not one of the eponymous Three So how could this book be a guilty pleasure The answer is simple at first then its complexSimple answer Milady de WinterComplex answer Milady de WinterFrom the accepted perspective Milady is an unrepentant nasty evil femme fatale She is an agent for the villainous Cardinal Richelieu spying on plotting against and battling our Musketeers at every turn She foments marital unrest between the King and ueen She plots the assassination of the Englishman the Duke of Buckingham to stop him from aiding the Huguenots at La Rochelle She tries to kill D'Artagnan and later poisons his mistress Constance Bonacieux She corrupts a fine upstanding Puritan man And once upon a time she made a fool of the Comte de La FèreShe is the accepted villain even worse than her master the Cardinal for whom and under whose auspices she commits her evil acts She is the villain and D'Artagnan Athos Porthos and Aramis are the heroes Here's the problem though from another perspective she isn't and they aren'tYou see Milady de Winter was a poor young woman who did what she must to survive Forced into a convent for want of food a priest fell in love with her and the pair stole some church property to start a life together They were caught and both were branded with the fleur de lys the mark of criminals Alone again she fell in love with the Comte de La Fère They were married and she hid her crimes from him Then one afternoon the Comte discovered her brand He felt betrayed and strung her up by her neck leaving her to dieShe lived and entered the service of the Cardinal Under his direction she became a powerful agent doing exactly what it is that agents do The Cardinal the right hand of the King connected to the Pope a man waging a war in the King's name the most powerful man in France has Milady undermine the King's ueen Anne of Austria a woman having an affair with the man Duke of Buckingham who is helping the rebels within her husband's kingdom She is also asked to keep tabs on a troublesome young guard D'Artagnan who seems to be thwarting the Cardinal's plans through sheer luck and Gascon audacity She complies Then the man she is spying on kills her lover the Comte de Wardes And if that isn't bad enough the man she's spying on turns up in her bedchamber posing as the Comte and proceeds to make love to Milady The lovemaking is so wonderful that D'Artagnan decides to come clean and reveal his true identity Milady loses her temper with some cause I think and tries to stab D'Artagnan which he doesn't seem to understand From then on Milady wants vengeance against the murderer of her lover who also happens to be her rapist for that is what he is surelyNext she is charged with assassinating the Duke of Buckingham for which she is issued a carte blanche by the Cardinal but her enemy D'Artagnan committing treason against his own King and country warns the Duke and she is banished to a tower while the Duke sails off to aid the Huguenots Well she isn't about to languish in prison so she seduces a Puritan and makes her escape winding up in a convent in France where she can hide out Lucky for her D'Artagnan's mistress a married woman whom he was bedding while he was raping Milady is also hiding out in the convent so Milady de Winter takes the portion of vengeance at her disposal and kills D'Artagnan's lover as he killed hersAnd for all of this the Four Musketeers now in possession of her carte blanche hold their own little court pass judgement on Milady and have her head separated from her shoulders And they get away with it because they have the Cardinal's signature on Milady's carte blanche which allows the bearer to do whatever they do for the good of the kingdomIt seems to me that Alexandre Dumas knew that perspective would dictate how we saw his heroes and villains and that he was okay with his muddied good and evil waters He was writing from the Musketeers' perspective and he knew that his readers would side with them against the Cardinal and Milady But he also wrote in a way that complicated his Musketeers So much so that we accept when D'Artagnan receives and accepts a commission to the Musketeers from the Cardinal himself He wanted his characters to be grey and they were So why is this a guilty pleasure especially if the guilt doesn't come from Dumas' writing I am finally getting thereThe weight of popular culture has changed the way we see this story so thoroughly has morphed the Musketeers so completely into righteous heroes turned D'Artagnan into such a loveable heartthrob and his companions into the most likeable of heroes that it is nearly impossible for people to see the things that make them greyBut I see them for who they are I see the grey So here comes the guilt I see the Four Musketeers crimes treason rape murder theft and all their flaws cruelty greed hypocrisy entitlement adulterousness to name but a few and I still love them I love them and I enjoy reading their adventures and I cheer for them from beginning to end I shouldn't but I do and that's why The Three Musketeers is my guiltiest of pleasures So there ps I love Milady de Winter too For all the things she is

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Les Trois MousquetairesAlexandre Dumas’s most famous tale and possibly the most famous historical novel of all time in a handsome hardcover volumeThis swashbuckling epic of chivalry honor and derring do set in France during the 1620s is richly populated with romantic heroes unattainable heroines kings ueens cavaliers and criminals in a whirl of adv. This is a kick ass novel and I am indeed kicking my own ass for not having read it earlier I'm ashamed to say that I thought it was a children's book My wife indignantly refuses any responsibility for my mistake as she points out it's entirely my fault if I drew the wrong inferences from the fact that her mother read it aloud to her as an eight year old It turns out on closer examination of the facts that Elisabeth's mom must have skipped about a uarter of the text but I digress No far from being a children's book this is a noirish thriller stuffed to the gills with violence sex nudity dangerous blondes corrupt politicians and random acts of mayhem and destruction I should have known that Anyway better late than neveruite apart from being a terrific read I just couldn't put it down Les Trois Mousuetaires is a remarkably interesting book for anyone who's fond of French literature The merest glance at my French shelf will show you that I like both so called serious novels and trash as everyone knows the French write the best trashy novels in the world But what do these two literary traditions have to do with each other I feel like a paleontologist who's discovered one of those missing links in the fossil record A kind of literary coelocanth it's exactly halfway between the two genres Too well written to be dismissed as trash it still has so many of the defining characteristics of the modern French trash novel that it can't possibly be anything but a direct ancestorI'd hate to give away any of the plot there's a twist every other chapter but let me explain in terms of generalities Dumas is firmly in the great French tradition of Tragic Love People in his world are divided into two classes those who are motivated by Love and Honour and those who want Money and Power To be a superior person means belonging to the first group Unfortunately living only for Love and Honour isn't very practical so these superior people generally have rather tragic lives; a theme you see over and over again in mainstream French literature A particularly clear 20th century example is Belle du Seigneur Ariane's husband is only interested in Money and Power and his dreary monologues about his prospects of being promoted bore her to tears Naturally she's drawn to the dashing Solal who never misses a chance to show how much he despises money it helps that he's very rich Eually naturally it all ends up very tragically indeed But let's get back to Les Trois Mousuetaires Dumas takes real historical events and reinterprets them through the prism of his ultra romantic world view On his account the political events of 1625 27 were all about a complicated tangle of love affairs The beautiful Anne of Austria is ueen of France but she has at best lukewarm feelings for her husband the pathetic Louis XIII Cardinal Richelieu the true ruler of the country has made advances towards her but been rebuffed; he's eaten up by jealousy and spite especially since he knows through his network of informers that Anne's heart in fact belongs to the handsome Lord Buckingham To keep the story bubbling Dumas invents some people who play key roles in this complicated game One of Richelieu's main agents is the psychotic blonde temptress Milady; her opposite number in the ueen's camp is the ambitious young swordsman D'Artagnan Needless to say both of them are involved in their own intersecting webs of romantic intrigueThe startling thing to me is that the Dumas formula is still going strong nearly 200 years later The immeasurably popular SAS series which you can buy at any French airport bookstall is written to almost exactly the same specification The central figure Malko is a modern D'Artagnan vaguely on the side of the Good Guys each episode sees him dispatched to a currently topical destination where he's charged with some weighty task For example in Bagdad ExpressMalko's assignment is to prevent the Ira war by kidnapping Saddam Hussein He and one of Saddam's sons I think usay get involved with the same woman there's a lot of random sex and violence and of course the deal falls through A still clearer example is DjihadA Chechen rebel group gets hold of a Russian nuclear warhead and they pass it on to an Islamicist faction led by a sexy blonde woman I know what you're going to say In the SAS world Islamicist factions can be led by sexy blondes This time after the usual toing and froing Malko shoots down the blonde when she's just a few seconds away from detonating the bomb in New York It's all remarkably similar to D'Artagnan's battle against the nefarious MiladySo what is it that makes this formula so incredibly effective It's fun to see history rewritten so that politics and economics are less important than who's sleeping with whom The camaraderie displayed by the Musketeers has become proverbial and that's also inspiring But really it's Milady who makes the book and she's the character who's been copied most often in modern trash fiction Look at those girls on the covers of the SAS novels Miladies every one of them Although D'Artagnan is a sympathetic hero she effortlessly steals the show every time she appears just as easily as Sharon Stone upstages Michael Douglas in Basic InstinctWhat a shame Stone never got to play Milady in a serious adaptation of Les Trois Mousuetaires Now that would have been worth watching