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"Un pour tous, tous pour un"

Translation: “All for one, one for all,” the famous rallying cry of the three musketeers. Ironically, the phrase was introduced by the one character who was not part of the title trio–D’Artagnan. That’s only one of the surprises I got when reading this classic.

A copy of Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers had been patiently waiting for well over a year for me to pick it up. I kept reading other books because, let’s face it, it was written in 1844, meaning tediously verbose descriptions that I would have to skim or skip altogether.

Boy, was I thrilled to find instead lots of action and plenty of snappy dialogue—just my style. Even better, the stiff, macho musketeers I anticipated were superior swordsmen to be sure. But they were also flawed and funny players whose eccentricities were thoroughly endearing.

Set in France around 120 years before the story’s publication, the tale pits the soldiers loyal to the king against the guards of the royal advisor, Cardinal Richelieu. There is plenty of dueling—at the slightest provocation, actually—romance, and intrigue within the court of Louis XIII. The plot twists are fast-paced and fascinating, holding my attention all the way through. In fact, I read the entire book (635 pages) in three days.

We all know about a book’s cover, but I’d also say you can’t tell a book by your stereotypical preconceptions. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great story. And if you’re bothering to read this review, that would likely be you.

4 comments on “"Un pour tous, tous pour un"

  1. Thanks for the review, I found you on the Back to the Classics Challenge which I am also participating in. I loved the Count of Monte Cristo as a kid and agree that it was surprisingly action packed and fast paced for a classic. I have been wanting to read Three Musketeers as well and it's still on my to-read list! 3 days to read 635 pages? Whew! Impressive. Look forward to seeing what else you read for this challenge.


  2. Mary Beth says:

    I'm glad you appreciated the review. Before you become too impressed, however, I must admit I'm retired and can do nothing but read, read, read if a book grabs me. Which is what I did. I believe I'll put The Count of Monte Cristo on my “To Be Read” list. Thanks for stopping by.


  3. JaneGS says:

    I read this book so long ago that it barely counts as being read! However, it's on my reread list and I'm happy to hear that you found it so readable.


  4. Mary Beth says:

    Great, JaneGS. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


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