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Tip: If the series has an order, add a number or other descriptor in parenthesis after the series title eg. By default, it sorts by the number, or alphabetically if there is no number. If you want to force a particular order, use the character to divide the number and the descriptor. So, " 0 prequel " sorts by 0 under the label "prequel. Series was designed to cover groups of books generally understood as such see Wikipedia: Book series. Like many concepts in the book world, "series" is a somewhat fluid and contested notion. A good rule of thumb is that series have a conventional name and are intentional creations , on the part of the author or publisher.
For now, avoid forcing the issue with mere "lists" of works possessing an arbitrary shared characteristic, such as relating to a particular place. Avoid series that cross authors, unless the authors were or became aware of the series identification eg. As the third installment of the d'Artagnan Romances, this book serves as a transition from the notorious three musketeers and their Gascon friend to the lives of other French and English characters - youth usurping inevitable age and power subverting nobility.
We get a mere glimpse of Porthos and Aramis, a small portion more of Athos in order to indulge his iron-clad honor and still only a bit more of d'Artagnan who reaches the age of retirement and moves his focus from reckless gallivanting and adventure for material comforts which compromise his character.
The Vicomte De Bragelonne
Our friends simply serve to contrast the new kids on the block, to show the reader a transitioning world through politics and the integrity of a culture. I did not find the story bad. I found the tedious nature of its telling nearly unbearable. As a serialized story bound together in, not one, but three novels, I have to scold the publishing world for trapping a novel-readers mind, habits and expectations in a story with no arc.
It just keeps going! The novel form does not fully captivate this story. Would one staple all the scripts in one TV show season together and release it as a novel? It felt like sitting on a bench watching the people walk by. At first, you absorb yourself in the drama between the first passing couple. But then you try and care about the grimy homeless guy who followed while still thinking about the drama between the couple.
Then the studious girl after him just frustrates you and you want to go home.
THE VICOMTE DE BRAGELONNE
I liked the story. I found its telling nearly unbearable. I will wait a while before starting Louise de La Valliere which I will eventually read only because of my obsessive compulsion to finish the series and my general inability to leave a literary investment unsatisfied. I was a bit surprised to have the book end as I still had several CDs of the audiobook to go! This discrepancy is annoying but understandable as both the book and the audiobook are just the first part of the book Dumas originally wrote as the final novel of the d'Artagnan trilogy.
This last book was so enormous that it is almost always divided into 3, 4, or even 5 separate volumes. I am reading the Project Gutenberg Kindle editions which are using the 4 volume division although there was a nice little note showing where the book would have ended in a 5 volume split! I thought that the audiobook I was listening to was also from a 4 volume split but perhaps it was from a 3 volume split instead.
I found sections of this volume very interesting such as the parts about General Monk but some of it was rather too long-winded even for me! Despite the title, the main character of this is our friend d'Artagnan. Porthos and Aramis don't appear until quite close to the end Chapter 70 or so , which was a bit disappointing. Athos was present for much of the story although view spoiler [he and d'Artagnan were working at cross purposes for a while hide spoiler ]. I hope the 4 come together in the next book!
Although this book is titled Vicomte de Bragelonne , there is very little about Raoul. There is a chapter of two in the beginning, a couple in the middle and a few at the end, all the plot in between has nothing to do with him. In fact, with the exception of D'artagnan, there isn't much about any of the musketeers. Athos gets the most attention. In spite of this, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I Although this book is titled Vicomte de Bragelonne , there is very little about Raoul. Its hard to not enjoy a good musketeer story.
Dumas hasn't fallen an inch from the literary pedestal I've put him on. View 2 comments. Shelves: fiction , foreign. Okay, at this point, I think I need to be clear about what series I am reading and commenting on.
Even more than the first two books, The Vicomte de Bragelonne is slow to start. This book seems to be named about as appropriately as The Three Musketeers , which is to say, not very appropriately at all. In The Vicomte de Bragelonne , we get a brief glimpse of the Vicomte de Bragelonne at the very beginning, but then he goes his own way, and we don't see him again until about two-thirds of the way through the book.
At best he is a supporting character, so why name the book after him?! We are immediately faced with a major question about D'Artagnan, but rest assured, Dumas will explain everything in due time. This installment has even more politics than the first two books, which - despite the fact that I am quite interested in real-life politics - made for less interesting reading for me. At times, when the story focused on Monk or Mazarin, it seemed like nothing was really happening , and I was just waiting for the next adventure or intrigue to start.
The adventures, of course, were nothing less than what you would expect from D'Artagnan!
Unlike the first two books, there was no central antagonist in this one - no Milady or Mordaunt to tie all the adventures into one cohesive story. Sure, I do wonder how King Louis IV will reign because I have no knowledge of French history, remember , but that's not exactly a pressing plot.
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Ultimately, I suppose I should cut this ebook some slack, since it was never meant to be one self-contained novel, and instead is just one excerpt of a seriously long serial. I love that guy. Aramis comes in even later. As usual, I appreciate the sense of honor portrayed in the series, particularly from Athos.
Just as in Twenty Years After , it really kills me that the four friends aren't forever on the same side. In Twenty Years After , there were divisions, but at least no real harm was done, in the end. This book takes it one step farther, and though I don't know how it will all end, right now, sadly, it seems the four friends no longer follow their "one for all" motto, and instead, at least one of them seems to be thinking only of himself.
As this is only the first part of the original book, the ending is pretty abrupt. I've already got the next ebook queued up on my Kindle. The first part of Dumas' massive Ten Years Later , this returns to the story of our four musketeer friends, now joined by Raoul, the son of Athos. Originally serialised over about 2. The first half belongs to d'Artagnan and Athos as, picking up on their failure The first part of Dumas' massive Ten Years Later , this returns to the story of our four musketeer friends, now joined by Raoul, the son of Athos.
The first half belongs to d'Artagnan and Athos as, picking up on their failure to save Charles I from execution, they now work to restore Charles II. The politics of the French and English courts come to the fore in the middle section, especially the battle for supremacy between Louis XIV's ministers after the death of Mazarin leaves a power vacuum.
And the final section brings both courts together as Henriette is married to Louis' brother Philippe; and the younger Duke of Buckingham follows, almost, his father's footsteps in getting embroiled in amorous French intrigues. It's only in the last third, too, that we re-meet Aramis and Porthos and their mysterious activities on Belle-Isle, a plot strand that comes to greater and significant prominence later.
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Dumas, as ever, is brilliantly vivid and energetic as he romps through his adventures, whether the big set-pieces of executions and riots, or the more intimate verbal duels and confrontations that abound. There's less amorous romance now that our musketeers are older in years, and Raoul's love for Louise de la Valliere is sweet rather than passionate. D'Artagnan's character is perhaps the most interesting here: cynical yet loyal, disillusioned yet hopeful, and the scenes between him and Raoul, and him and Athos, recall the earlier books' emphasis on male friendship.
This is perfect reading for anyone who loved the BBC series Versailles, set as it is at the start of Louis's adult reign. The notes to this Oxford edition are excellent on the politics and personages of C17th France though do beware of some slight spoilers if you're not familiar with the story.
Dec 23, Jenny T rated it it was amazing Shelves: classics , fiction , read-in I confess to strong bias: Dumas is my favorite author. Even when his prose is at its purplest, it makes my heart beat a little faster.