Parbleu Morbleu Corboeuf Ma foi Mordioux Not to mention Cordieu I *think they are variations of OMGI usually prefer to know as *they are variations of OMGI usually prefer to know as as possible about the book I am about to read including avoid reading the synopsis or if I have read the synopsis in order to decide whether to read the book I try to forget it and do very well in the forgetting department there is a character in this book called M Fouuet a name I would ike to adopt for future social media shenanigans Anyway sometimes this policy backfires I
thought The Man in the Iron Mask was the final volume of The Man in the Iron Mask was the final volume of D Artagnan Romances alas I was only one third right The Man in the Iron Mask is the final part of a much The GI Bride longer book The Vicomte of Bragelonne Ten Years Later However it is the best known part and published in the UK separately as a separate book This means that I missed out on uite aot of backstory and plot developments Fortunately The Man in the Iron Mask can be read without much difficulty outside of its parent book You should however at east read The Three Musketeers first Anyway by the time I realized my mistake I was already well into the book and I didn t feel ike backtracking The Man in the Iron Mask is set thirty five years after The Three Musketeers In that first book of The D Artagnan Romances D Artagnan was something of a young cocky upstart musketeer in this book he is in his fifties and the renowned captain of the king s musketeers His three ex musketeer BFFs Aramis Porthos and Athos are also of advancing years and iving ives of Ratscalibur luxury None of these three are working for King Louis XIV not having much of a taste for this king who from his playboyike behavior seems unworthy of their services and oyalty In fact Aramis is so unimpressed that he elaborately plots to replace Louise with his identical twin brother Philippe his plan goes smoothly up to a point the king is put in prison at Bastille and secretly replaced with Philippe Unfortunately he then makes the fatal error of confiding in Superintendent M Fouuet who as a stick in the mud an honorable man refuses to allow the rightful king to be treated so shabbily Fouuet goes off to rescue Louis XIV from Bastille while Aramis makes a run for it accompanied by poor trusting Porthos his unwitting coconspirator Looking ike Leonardo DiCaprio the king is not always a good thingYou may be thinking I am spoiling the book terribly with the above summary but The Man in the Iron Mask is so densely plotted I have barely scratched the surface of the entire plot It is not surprising that Dumas was so popular and remains so to this day the man really knew how to write a fast pace narrative when he wants to this book is stuffed to the gills with action and intrigues The scene of D Artagnan chasing M Fouuet on horseback is particularly hair raising and the conclusion of the chase confounded my expectations There are several other scenes of similar intensity but for me this one is the most
badass Dumas skill with character development is remarkable His main characters are all ively vibrant and believable Of Dumas skill with character development is remarkable His main characters are all ively vibrant and believable Of original three musketeers the only real mover and shaker is Aramis who is too clever and ambitious for his own good His ingenious subterfuges and elaborate schemes are both audacious and hilarious in execution Porthos is his A Shark Never Sleeps: Wheeling and Dealing with the NFL's Most Ruthless Agent lovable not too bright faithful sidekick who follows him blindly to his own detriment as for Athos he does not have much to do in the narrative except growing old and sad The series hero D Artagnan isoyal to the king to a fault he would carry out the king s orders even if he knows them to be wrong and that innocents will suffer However he finally draws the My Jihad: The True Story of An American Mujahid's Amazing Journey from Usama Bin Laden's Training Camps to Counterterrorism with the FBI and CIA line at killing any of his Three Musketeers friends The Man in the Iron Mask is much darker in tone than The Three Musketeers Several good characters come to a bad end through no fault of their own Philippe s fate is particularly miserable though there is no real evidence that the real historical mysterious Man in the Iron Mask is in anyway related to the king While the book is a great read I believe it suffers a bit from being serialized As authors of serialized books are paid by the word it often cause them to overwrite hello Mr Dickens Dumas overwrote some parts which drag on unnecessarily and some of the subplots do not really go anywhere and haveittle relationship to the main storyline Still the book kept my interest throughout The writing is a thing of beauty though the dialogue is over elaborate at timesIt has been decades since I read The Three Musketeers this is my first reading of The Man in the Iron Mask and it makes me want to reread it soon Notes Fabulous Librivox free audio book read by Mark F Smith Amazing job Different character voices and narrated with plen. The Vicomte of Bragelonne Ten Years Later Le Vicomte de Bragelonne ou Dix ans plus tard is a novel by Alexandre Onent can become a friend It s refreshing and realistic But the ending is one hell of a downer I
have to say It doesn t bother but it s something to keep in to say It doesn t bother me but it s something to keep in before you dive in Edited and annotated by David Coward from an older translation Well the mammoth saga of the once invincibles comes to a rather sad end Porthos dies because his strength gives out Aramis flees France in disgrace because his schemes come to ruin And Athos dies because the one thing dearer to him to God his son The Book of Leviathan leaves his company to go die in the Africa campaigns under the Duke of Beaufort And d Artagnan well d Artagnan s star does not decline under the sun king but that s only because this once so haughty Gascon spirit humbles itself rather abjectly before the iron will of Louis chapter 81 simply and appropriately titled King Louis XIV I have one complaint with this action packed adventure during which in the course of 570 pages the suspense hardly slackens Why did Aramis General of the Jesuits master planner always with an out at his disposal admit defeat instantly when Fouuet announced he would denounce him Up to that point Fouuet had been a pawn of Aramis Suddenly Aramis had to flee for hisife on the word alone of Fouuet Well maybe it was the onset of age that weakens Aramis resolve It pains me to write this because I am at heart a print person My paycheck depends on people wanting and buying printed materials But this is one instance where the movie far outshines the book and I m glad there was a screenwriter with a vision to see beyond this dismal bookI had just read Three Musketeers by Dumas when I read this book Perhaps it was the pleasure I took in this early book that spoiled Man in the Iron MaskMan in the Iron Mask starts out well There is all the chivalry and twice the intrigue of Dumas earlier works The dialog is fantastic with politics twisting every meaning and clearly communicating the rancor of the time There is a fantastic scene with Porthos Aramis and the tailor that made me Nine Ghosts laugh aloud I trulyike Dartangan for he displays chivalry and honor even when ordered to do things against his honorThen the book starts to go downhill Characters that one would think were essential to the book disappear midway through and are never heard from again Aramis becomes Las Maravillosas Obras de Dios: Historias B�blicas Para La Familia less andess sympathetic until we finally view him as merely a court toady who cared شرح جامع مثنوى معنوى little for the sacrifice of his friendsThere are moments in this book moments of passion of grief ofove But they are merely moments Eventually the book becomes so ponderous one must force oneself to continue There are few characters to The New Song: For the Sunday School, Societies of Christian Endeavor, and Other Religious Exercises (Classic Reprint) like in this book They get themselves into situations for stupid reasons and are too self centered to get out of them Sacrifices are made for foolish reasons My insignificant words can hardly do justice to myove for this book so I l keep it shortYou can read my original review hereIf you are curious about this book because you re familiar with the title or saw the terrible movie *or have read The Three Musketeers and can t be bothered with everything that comes in between please don t *have read The Three Musketeers and can t be bothered with everything that comes in between please don t with this book You ve hardly earned it and as such it l ring hollow for youIf however you have Arabian Challenge loyally followed our musketeer friends over their 40 years of adventures if you can comprehend the significance of Athos showing weakness of Aramis s tears of the words too heavy read and do justice to our friends by allowing their stories to concludeThis is the book where four inseparable energetic men find that time and politics have finally caught up with them It s absolutely gut wrenching at times to see how their stories have been influencedThis book willive forever in my heart as will its heroes I was reluctant to read this due to the ubiuity of the Musketeers and because for whatever reason i had assumed Dumas to be a high brow difficult author Boy was i wrong this had such an easy almost pulpy tone to it perhaps a tad hard to parse during some dialogue but overall very smooth and a nice styleI was in the first 20% was 5 stars even with some interruptions to worldbuild but then after a climax it suddenly switches characters Which it will continue to do throughout the novel as there isn t actually any main character Its a terrible structure where the momentum drops at each switch and has to start to build up again Still Dumas manages to make it work and the awful structure does at east mean you never know what might happen next Dumas even gets some use out of Raoul the most worthless of side characters in his first major section at eastSo not 5 stars but still a solid 4 until we reach the conclusion if i can use that term since its about 10 chapters ong One 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Ty of passion and enthusiasm Thank you so much I always thought the title of The Three Musketeers was something of a misnomer as the book was about four of them though it could be argued that it is really about D Artagnan s encounter and friendship with them However The Man in the Iron Mask is even of a misnomer because the eponymous Man poor Phillippe is barely in the narrative and by the second half of the book Dumas seems to have ost interest in him I have no idea who to credit for the translation of this public domain edition It seems very good in term of
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Then If You Wish Me To Tell What Crime Iif you wish me to tell what crime I committed explain to me in what a crime consists For as my conscience does not accuse me I aver that I am not a criminal M Mouston whose personal corpulency uite enough at any time to hide one man from another was effectually doubled by a scarlet coat which the intendant was holding up for his master s inspection by the sleeves that he might the better see it all over D Artagnan recoiled as though the sesuipedalian syllables had knocked the breath out of his body Driven insane by his undeserved incarceration Philippe sayz Come On Feel The Noize So I read The Man in the Iron Mask only that it was not a story of the Man in the Iron Mask I was already halfway into the book when I realized this so I was eft with no choice but to continue The story of the iron mask is only a trifling subplot because this story is all about the Musketeers that we have come to know I m pretty sure that I haven t read this story yet I remember reading a book by this title Perhaps it was a children s version that I read I don t know All I know is that this book is not what I expected it was Of course I knew this is part of a seuel to the D Artagnan series that began with The Three Musketeers but I believed that it had a separate story of its own There I was utterly disappointedI also wasn t impressed with the manner Dumas handled his three aging Musketeers I was never fond of them But they represented a certain dignity and fierce oyalty This image was heavily mishandled and that somewhat ruined their characters Was Dumas in a hurry to end their tale or was he too careless or too tired with them to care My opinion is that he should have ended their ong tale with care and respect But Cheyenne: A Sweet Historical Romance looking at the bright side I enjoyed the historical setting and characters and I trulyiked D Artagnan s character His oyalty to his King his oyalty and E.E. Cummings: The Art of His Poetry love for his friends and his fearlessness to act according to his conscience even at the risk of invoking royal wrath is admirable In truth it is his character theight and humorous writing of Dumas and the Royal Court of Louis XIV that helped me endure the read It was not as bad as you would have expected it to be Homme au masue de Fer The Man in the Iron Mask Alexandre DumasThe Man in the Iron Mask is the name given to an unidentified prisoner who was arrested in 1669 or 1670 and subseuently held in a number of French prisons including the Bastille and the Fortress of Pignerol He was held in the custody of the same jailer B nigne Dauvergne de Saint Mars for a period of 34 years He died on 19 November 1703 under the name Marchioly during the reign of King Louis XIV of France 1643 1715 Since no one ever saw his face because it was hidden by a mask of black velvet cloth the true identity of the prisoner remains a mystery it has been extensively debated by historians and various theories have been expounded in numerous books and films 2001 1379 240 9644220730 19 1643 1715 1703 view spoiler SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS How can I possibly write this review without SPOILERS when my HEART IS BROKEN INTO A THOUSA Perhaps the most surprising thing about The Man in the Iron Mask to me was just how uickly the title subplot was dealt with Then again this was not originally called The Man in the Iron Mask This is the Black Wings of Cthulhu last chunk in aarger book I can see why it gets cut up Girl on the Verge like that This part alone was over 400 pages And the introduction gave a coherent enough synopsis of what came before that I could follow Maybe I should have read it all since I doike reading Dumas the elderBack in the 90s I saw the movie version the one with Leonardo DiCaprio Because Leo was soooo dreamy And wow did it ever depart from the source material Sure I expected that but maybe not uite to that extent I m sure it doesn t surprise anyone that I think the original was far and away better One of the things that I really Women and Alcohol in a Highland Maya Town: Water of Hope, Water of Sorrow Revised Edition liked and was really surprised by in The Three Musketeers was theevel of nuance in the characters Opposing a protagonist does not make a character evil and an opp. Umas père It is the third and ast of the d'Artagnan Romances following The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years Af. .