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review 2018-03-18 20:25
The Man in the Iron Mask
The Man in the Iron Mask - Alexandre Dumas



Wow. This book is nothing like the movie, at least the one I watched with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jeremy Irons. The end was so tragic and the actual prisoner in the iron mask was such a small part of the story. Seems to me it was the complete opposite in the movie. Huh. Go figure.


I'm glad I finally read this.

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text 2018-03-10 11:59
Reading progress update: I've read 49%.
The Man in the Iron Mask - Alexandre Dumas,Francine du Plessix Gray,Joachim Neugroschel

As much as I love the tv and film adaptations of the Musketeer stories, they never capture the characters and the mannerisms associated with them that are front and centre of Dumas' original stories. 

"And while we are on this head," said Aramis, "you also are a malcontent; you also, Raoul, have griefs to lay to the king. Follow our example; pass over into Belle-Isle. Then we shall see, I guarantee upon my honor, that in a month there will be war between France and Spain on the subject of this son of Louis XIII., who is an Infante likewise, and whom France detains inhumanly. Now, as Louis XIV. would have no inclination for a war on that subject, I will answer for an arrangement, the result of which must bring greatness to Porthos and to me, and a duchy in France to you, who are already a grandee of Spain. Will you join us?"


"No; for my part I prefer having something to reproach the king with; it is a pride natural to my race to pretend to a superiority over royal races. Doing what you propose, I should become the obliged of the king; I should certainly be the gainer on that ground, but I should be a loser in my conscience.— No, thank you!"


"Then give me two things, Athos,— your absolution."


"Oh! I give it you if you really wished to avenge the weak and oppressed against the oppressor."

[The second request is for fresh horses ... in case you were wondering.]


It never really becomes clear in the films and tv series that Athos, the Comte de la Fere, has objections to royalty. Perhaps it would cause too many questions and take too long to reconcile with the various tales that focus on the Musketeers' loyalty to the king and the institution of the monarchy.  


The contradiction and the various motivations of the characters in the books, however, is what makes the stories so much fun.  

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review 2018-03-08 14:19
Manga Classics: Count of Monte Cristo!!!
Count Of Monte Cristo Manga Classics - Alexandre Dumas

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.


It took me quite a long time to finish this Manga, it wasn't really the stories fault, more my own. First I had a bit of a reading slump, then I forgot to pick it up again. But I finished it today. And I truly enjoyed the story.


I LOVE a good revenge story, not going to lie. Granted, sometimes the revenger can go a little bit too far, people react differently and really bad things happen that he or she didn't want to happen. As was the case in this story.


I never read the original, I think it has tons of pages, so I probably never will read it, so I can't say if it was true to the original and if all the important things are mentioned. But I can tell you, that I felt like I really got to know the story very well and that for me, everything that was important was mentioned.


Once again, the artwork was just so damn stunning.

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review 2018-01-03 22:42
The Three Musketeers
The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas


An adventurous tale of a hot-headed young man who finds true friends, faces violent enemies, falls for a few women, and escapes from danger many times, all while trying to realize his dream of becoming a musketeer like his father.


I found this to be an enjoyable read though a bit slow at times and while I was anxious to see how the action turned out, it was somewhat bogged down by the old language and lengthy descriptions. 

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review 2017-12-29 07:28
Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo (Manga Classics) by Crystal S. Chan (Story Adaptation), Alexandre Dumas, Nokman Poon (Art by)
Count Of Monte Cristo Manga Classics - Alexandre Dumas

This is my first attempt at reading the classic and I was really excited at the chance of reading this adaption. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. 
The cover is spectacular and it caught my eye right away. The artwork was lovely and it pretty much covered all my requisites for manga, but when it came to the actual adaption of the story… sorry but no. 
The narrative is hard to follow and there were so many characters in the first few chapters that were introduced without proper explanation that I wasn’t able to tell them apart or tell where the heck they had come from. I usually read a book before I gift it to my younger peers to make sure they will be able to understand it, and being that I had a hard time following this one I sincerely think it’s not something I will be giving away any time soon, at least not to anyone that hasn’t had a crash course on the classics. 

** I received this book via Netgalley at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

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