E Iron Mask This is the last chunk in a larger book I can see why it gets cut up like that This part alone was over 400 pages And the introduction gave a coherent enough synopsis of what came before that I could ollow Maybe I should have read it all since I do like 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 rom 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 ar and away better One of the things that I really liked and was really surprised by in The Three Musketeers was the level of nuance in the characters Opposing a protagonist does not make a character evil and an opponent can become a War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History: 1500 to Today friend It s refreshing andar realistic But the ending is one hell of a downer I have to say It doesn t bother me but it s something to keep in mind before you dive in I was reluctant to read this due to the ubiuity of the Musketeers and because A Boy in Winter 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 theirst 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 least mean you never know what might happen next Dumas even gets some use out of Raoul the most worthless of side characters in his Frost at Midnight first major section at leastSo not 5 stars but still a solid 4 until we reach the conclusion if i can use that term since its about 10 chapters long One major character view spoilerthe King hide spoiler. Ter It appearedirst in serial Princess Baby, Night-Night form between 1847 and 1850 The Man in the Iron Mask is theourth and inal volum.
Eventually the book becomes so ponderous one must orce oneself to continue There are Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution few characters to like in this book They get themselves into situationsor stupid reasons and are too self centered to get out of them Sacrifices are made or oolish reasons 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 left 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 ond of them But they represented a certain dignity and ierce loyalty 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 long tale with care and respect But looking at the bright side I enjoyed the historical setting and characters and I truly liked D Artagnan s character His loyalty to his King his loyalty and love or his riends and his earlessness to act according to his conscience even at the risk of invoking royal wrath is admirable In truth it is his character the light and humorous writing of Dumas and the Royal Court of Louis XIV that helped me endure the read 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 th. Umas père It is the third and last of the d'Artagnan Romances ollowing The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years Af.
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 I Love My Dad (Disney Princess) 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 hisace 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 Flight, Vol. 7 films 2001 1379 240 9644220730 19 1643 1715 1703 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 moviear 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 antastic with politics twisting every meaning and clearly communicating the rancor of the time There is a antastic scene with Porthos Aramis and the tailor that made me laugh aloud I truly like Dartangan or 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 rom again Aramis becomes less and less sympathetic until we Camp Rex finally view him as merely a court toady who cared littleor the sacrifice of his riendsThere are moments in this book moments of passion of grief of love But they are merely moments. The Vicomte of Bragelonne Ten Years Later Le Vicomte de Bragelonne ou Dix ans plus tard is a novel by Alexandre
Alexandre Dumas filsAlexandre Dumas père French for father akin to Senior in English born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie was a French writer best known for his numerous historical novels of high adventure which have made him one of the most widely read French authors in the world Many of his novels including The Count of Monte Cristo The Three Musketeers The Man in the Iron Mask and The Vicomte de Bragelonne were serialized Dumas also wrote plays and magazine articles and was a prolific correspondentDumas was of Haitian descent and mixed race His father General Thomas Alexandre Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie was born in the French colony of Saint Domingue present day Haiti to Alexandre Antoine Davy de la Pailleterie a French nobleman and Marie Cessette Dumas a black slave At age 14 Thomas Alexandre was taken by his father to France where he was educated in a military academy and entered the military for what became an illustrious careerDumas's father's aristocratic rank helped young Alexandre Dumas acuire work with Louis Philippe Duke of Orléans then as a writer finding early success He became one of the leading authors of the French Romantic Movement in Paris Excerpted from