“Tous pour un, un pour tous!”

“All for one, one for all!”

The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas epitomizes all the glory and grandeur of the classic adventure novel, so much so that it is no surprise that there have been over twenty film adaptations of this story since its publication in 1844.  The story is set in France, namely 17th century Paris, and tells of the adventures of a young man named d’Artagnan.  Set off from home to become a guard of the musketeers, young d’Artagnan comes across three inseparable friends–Athos, Porthos, and Aramis–who are each experienced, highly-skilled musketeers.  (Note that it is this trio that is the inspiration for the title of Dumas’s novel.)  After a rough start (d’Artagnan ends up dueling each one of them), d’Artagnan finds common ground with the three musketeers and the four become close friends.

Dumas then takes us on a number of adventures with these four characters, with each adventure centering on varying themes of love, betrayal, corruption, revenge, honor, and friendship.  This book suits people of all ages, but does require some degree of patience from the reader, since the novel runs several hundred pages long.  Otherwise, The Three Musketeers is an exciting, emotional read that I highly recommend!

Post submitted by: Crystal Maranan

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