The Three Musketeers

I like to read classics I’ve missed so far, so I was glad when one of my book clubs chose Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers.  It’s a surprising book.

First, I was surprised by how long it was.  At some points I got weary of the musketeers (there are really four of them, but whatever) being so swashbuckly and immoderate and overly romantical, but that’s kind of the point, I suppose.

Second, I was surprised at how uncommonly and inhumanly vicious the main female character was.  I mean, whoa, Milady is just crazy evil.  It made me curious about Dumas’ background.  But again, in the scope of the book as an over-the-top romanticism/chivalry/excess story, her intense diabolical nature sort of fits.

The part of me that loves structure really wishes there was a third reason I found the book surprising, but, I’m sad to report, there is not.

In any case, I did enjoy the book, and appreciate the literary merits including the way Dumas used excess and crafted sets of rules the characters abided by.  I can easily understand why the book is a classic and I came away with lots of things to talk about in book club.

If you’ve read The Three Musketeers (note that it’s free on Kindle!), what did you think of it?


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