This is a review of Alexandre Dumas‘ book The Three Musketeers, a work of adventure, romance, and intrigue. Linked in that first sentence are the Biography.com telling of playwright and author Alexandre Dumas‘ career and significance as well as the Cliff’s Notes summary of the book, should a more factual version of the opinions to be shared in this post are desired.
As The Three Musketeers is perhaps the most popular of a Swashbuckling Book genre, I found this book enjoyable. Popular books in this genre include The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas, The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, and even the more recent The Princess Bride by William Goldman, the last of which became the Rob Reiner movie The Princess Bride (1987).
While as a piece of literature this book (and the genre it resides in) are not overly philosophical, the adventure of it does includes a solid sense of mystery and subterfuge, love and betrayal, life and death, personal intrigue mixed with political intrigue, and a notably respectable job of setting context that later pays off with the rapid sense of climax and resolution that brought the story home.
The nugget of truth that resonated with me throughout this book is that Dumas crafts many threads of entangled stories among the characters inhabiting the pages and brings them home well. That is, I enjoyed the romantic intrigue, the adventure, the emotional pitting of partial truths against other partial truths until you get a big reveal. These points have been used well in prime time American television to ratings success in the 2010s, and likely further back.
My rating for this book is 4-stars out of 5.
Matt – Sunday, February 12, 2017