Sunday, June 14, 2015
THE THREE MUSKETEERS - Alexandre Dumas
After viewing several of the several hundred film and televisions adaptations of this novel I have finally read it and what a treat. Its a "rollicking good yarn" of "daring do"- females in distress, political chicanery and one of the most evil females in literature.
The bare bones of the story are well known I assume, a young country lad, D'Artagnan, goes to Paris to become a Musketeer in the employ of the King. He meets three serving Musketeers who after initial "issues" become friends with them.
They have to deal with the political trickery of the Cardinal and "Milady" who is wonderfully evil; killing and plotting with impunity until....
The Musketeers and D'Artagnan are nicely flawed humans - Athos is alcoholic, Porthos a compulsive gambler, Aramis a religious nut bar and D'Artagnan would be in jail for stalking if he behaved towards females like he does in these enlightened times.
The four are also very touchy- insult them and you're likely to get run through with a sword in short order.
This was great fun, timeless and I wish I had read it years ago.