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review 2018-08-21 03:54
The Three Musketeers (d'Artagnan Romance Series #1) (Audiobook)
The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

This was fun! I've been slowly but surely trying to get around to all the old classics I avoided when I was a kid. I saw a couple of the Musketeer movies, neither of them very good, and I recently saw a few episodes of the Musketeer show on Hulu, but I never read the book, and after the enjoyable but somewhat rambling The Count of Monte Cristo, I wasn't sure what to expect from this book.

 

It's still enjoyable and still somewhat rambling, lol. The book lost some momentum after the race for the diamond studs and doesn't really recover, pace-wise, until the introduction of Milady, who gives whole new meaning to the word diabolical. This was often silly, and often fast-paced. I can see how this was originally published as a serial, and I can just imagine the people reading this in real time impatiently waiting for the next installment. The three Musketeers are great friends and have varied backgrounds and personalities, and they adopt d'Artagnan into their group despite some awkward and hostile beginnings. I adored their friendships and how they looked out for each other - which is why it felt so disjointed that d'Artagnan then had to wait to be told to go look for his friends who may or may not have given up their lives to he could go fetch the queen's diamond studs. Like, bro, WTF? 

 

Simon Vance knocked this out of the park and his impression especially of Porthos was a hoot and a half. I think my love for Porthos is about 110% due to Vance's reading of his lines. So over the top. So adorably obtuse. Planchet was pretty adorable too. Though as great as Vance was, these are the most British-sounding French dudes ever. :D I guess French narrators just refuse to read this in English? After a lifetime of hearing British accents for French characters, it didn't bother me at all, just added to the fun. 

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review 2018-04-08 22:42
I tre moschettieri - Alexandre Dumas

Tous pour un, un pour tous.

 

Rimestando fantasia e verità nella coppa della menzogna temporale, non poteva che andar così.

 

Sono tre: Athos, Porthos e Aramis. Quando arriva il giovane e impulsivo guascone d’Artagnan, l’avventura prende vita in un evolversi rapido, rocambolesco, appassionante.

Dumas è così abile a usare la penna della leggerezza che non c’è trasalimento per le imprecisioni storiche, né raccapriccio per i sanguinosi duelli o per le feroci dipartite. Si occhieggia, invece, con sorriso compiaciuto, alle audaci “capatine”. E sfugge un risolino divertito guardando il noioso Luigi XIII controllare i fermagli di diamanti della sua sposa, e ancor più rivolgendo lo sguardo al diabolico cardinale.

Ah, gli amori, gli amori! I tradimenti, i tradimenti! Ah, gli intrighi, gli intrighi!

 

Li si vedeva avanzare a braccetto, occupando tutta la larghezza della strada e avvicinandosi a ogni moschettiere che incontravano, tanto che alla fine la loro fu una marcia trionfale. Il cuore di d’Artagnan sguazzava nell’ebbrezza, mentre camminava fra Athos e Porthos abbracciandoli teneramente.”

 

E come quei parigini che dal 14 marzo al 14 luglio 1844 attesero ogni giorno l’uscita del giornale Le siècle per leggere incantati le avventure del cadetto di Guascogna e i tre moschettieri, anch’io non ho mancato al mio appuntamento quotidiano, Monsieur Dumas. Per la seconda volta.

Siete un geniaccio, ve l’ho già detto. Però, vogliamo fare i complimenti anche al buon Auguste Maquet? Li merita, vi pare?

E ogni volta mi chiedo se l’avete pagato.

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text 2018-04-05 14:02
My March 2018
Count Of Monte Cristo Manga Classics - Alexandre Dumas
Mörderische Hingabe - 33.Fall für Lieutenant Eve Dallas - J.D. Robb
Verrat aus Leidenschaft - J.D. Robb
The Tailor - Leigh Bardugo
She Felt Like Feeling Nothing - R.H. Sin
Phantastische Tierwesen und wo sie zu finden sind: Das Originaldrehbuch - J.K. Rowling,Anja Hansen-Schmidt
Ein Moment fürs Leben [Audiobook] - Cecelia Ahern,Luise Helm,Christine Strüh
Assassin of Truths - Brenda Drake
Manga Classics: Count Of Monte Cristo - 4 stars
Mörderische Hingabe - 5 stars
Verrat aus Leidenschaft - 5 stars
The Tailor - 5 stars
She Felt Like Feeling Nothing - 4 stars
Phantastische Tierwesen und wo sie zu finden sind: Das Originaldrehbuch - 5 stars
Ein Moment fürs Leben - 5 stars
Assassin of Truths - 4 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Mörderische Hingabe, Verrat aus Leidenschaft, She Felt Like Feeling Nothing, Phantastische Tierwesen, Ein Moment fürs Leben

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Mind Platter (dnf'd it in the meantime), If I Tell You, Die Bibliothek der besonderen Kinder

 

This month was amazing!!!!

I feel so proud of myself, not only did I read a lot but I also enjoyed all of these books. Not all of them will stick with me forever but they were still great. I'm also happy to say that so far I'm doing really good with my mission to catch up/or finish series/trilogies this year.

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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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