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Sherry

I think you'll enjoy The Three Musketeers. It's quite exciting and just plain fun.

Val

fascinating glimpse of the author ..none of which did I know before!
Thanks :0)

Danielle

Sherry--I recall watching the movie (the version with Michael York when I was young and always thought it sounded like a fun story. I can't wait to read it. I have read and enjoyed Dumas before, so I have high hopes for this one! :)

Val--I didn't know anything about him either until I read a little bit in my book and online. He had quite a cozy little chateau, didn't he?!

Caroline

His créole origins was what fascinated me the most. I haven't read a lot of him, La Reine Margot seems the only one. It's one of the rare books I didn't finish and didn't even keep. That doesn't mean his other books aren't fun. I'll wait for your review.
I loved his son's La dame aux Camélias.

litlove

How interesting! I knew nothing about him at all. What a pile he built! Pretentious, moi? Of course not! :-)

Smithereens

I didn't know about the Chateau and I really really plan to make it a Sunday destination this year (it should be one hour away from my place), thanks so much for your post Danielle!
Btw I knew about his creole origins, but I don't have a clue whether it was source of difficulties for him because of racism or prejudices. He sure must have been very original in white-populated and rural Picardie but since he was from noble descent that might just have been okay for him. Did you read anything about that? I'm curious.

Jillian

Victor Hugo was also the son of a soldier in Napoleon's army! I wrote about him for this prompt. :)

I bought a copy of The Count of Monte Christo to read this year, then discovered it was abridged by about 2/3! (It said nothing about being abridged on the cover.) So, perhaps next year. I'm sure I'll love it. :)

Kathy Johnson

How interesting. His photo does indeed make him look gregarious--like someone who would be fun to be around. I have not read any of his work, but must consider it after your recommendation!

Buried In Print

This was delightful (great photo selection!) and now, for the first time, I really really want to read something of his. You must have picked the perfect combo of details to sprinkle alongside your personal enthusiasm for one of his novels!

Stefanie

That was really interesting about Dumas. I hope you like the Three Musketeers. I've not read Dumas but my husband has read a few and liked them all. One of these days I'll give them a go.

Anbolyn

I find it fascinating that he had collaborators! Most people find it despicable that James Patterson uses partners to write his many novels yet is seems like it is a time-honored tradition. I also find his heritage interesting and wonder if it influenced his writing? I've never read Dumas, but now I am tempted...

Karen K.

I finally got around to reading the Three Musketeers last year, it was my first Dumas and I quite enjoyed it! I have a lovely hardcover edition translated by Richard Pevear which was very good. It's not a difficult read though some parts dragged a bit.

I do hope to get to Monte Cristo someday, also Man in the Iron Mask. I look forward to your thoughts on Dumas.

And how are you liking Emma? She's really frustratingly annoying but I still love the book. Juliet Stevenson (who played Mrs. Elton) does an excellent narration in the Naxos audiobook if you like listening to Jane Austen.

Liz F

He was a fascinating character wasn't he and I didn't realise that he wrote his books effectively by committee - no wonder they are all so long!

The Three Musketeers will be the first of his books for me although I do remember watching Sunday TV serialisations of The Count of Monte Cristo and The Man in the Iron Mask and of course the Michael York version of the Three Musketeers.
I have had a quick look at the first page of my copy and I think that I will enjoy it!

Fay

Last night the 1948 film version of The Three Musketeers was on tv, with Lana Turner, Gene Kelly, June Allyson, Van Heflin, Angela Lansbury, and Vincent Price as Richelieu. What a silly display. Just marvelous. The director took advantage of Kelly's dancer body by having him jump at every opportunity from a second-floor balcony to the ground without breaking any bones. Absurd costumes. Great stuff.

Danielle

Caroline--I have Queen Margot, though I have always been a little intimidated by it--not sure why since most of his books are lengthy--maybe it seems more serious that adventurous and swashbuckling like the others. I have it somewhere... He does seem interesting to read about as well.

Litlove--Nice little chateau there he built, don't you think? I bet had threw a wild party in his days!

Smithereens--You are most welcome. I would love to see his house/chateau (it seems very improper to call that a house!) someday. It sounds as though it was renovated not long ago and it is open to visitors. When you go, you must report back--I would love to hear what it is really like. So far I have read very little about him--my book didn't give many details, but I read somewhere that he did have to deal with racism. The wikipedia mentions his response to someone:

Wiki--He once remarked to a man who insulted him about his mixed-race background:

"My father was a mulatto, my grandfather was a Negro, and my great-grandfather a monkey. You see, Sir, my family starts where yours ends."

A rather stinging comeback but you certainly can't blame him! :)

Jillian--I read Hugo, but it has been a few years now, and I don't recall the biographical information. I'm not surprised his father was also a military man. Hugo wrote a number of battlefield scenes in Les Miserables. I read the unabridged edition of The Count of Monte Cristo and while he does go off on a number of tangents--I loved it all! I'm glad I read it in its entirety and would happily read it again.

Kathy--You are always welcome to join in on The Three Musketeers next month! :) He is fun to read, especially if you like adventure stories. He is my desert island author!

Buried in Print--Aren't those great photos? I didn't know anything about him before--even when I read The Count. That was definitely a matter of right reader with right book at the right time! And I like his cozy little chateau--it is very picturesque, don't you think?

Stefanie--So glad to hear your Bookman liked Dumas. He's a fun read and I can't wait to start The Three Musketeers. I'll have to follow it up with a movie marathon since I think there are several different adaptations out there.

Anbolyn--It is very often looked down upon when more than one writer works on a novel, but it must have happened more than we think. I had no idea that he collaborated on his books--interesting. Now I'll be reading and wondering which parts he wrote and which he didn't!

Karen--I have that same edition, but I am not looking forward to carrying it around--a paperback will work much better and it is also the Pevear translation! The Count had some long moments, too, but overall it was so fun that it was easy to overlook them. So That's who Juliet Stevenson is! I am listening to North and South and she is reading it--love her voice--she does a great job. I'm enjoying Emma, even though she can be exasperating sometimes. I need to get back to the story so I can finish in time. I was trying to finish an ILL this week so I have not had it with me on my bus rides.

Liz--I always wondered if authors who were serialized wrote such long books because they were paid by the word--no sure that is true, but I guess that is one way to get enough money to build a chateau! :) I saw The Count of Monte Cristo on TV when I was little and loved it--I guess I was predisposed to liking the book. I have also seen the M York version of the Musketeers, but that was ages ago. I have been flipping through my copy, too, and am looking forward to it--it'll be fun!

Fay--Angela Lansbury? Wow--now that would be interesting to see! I have not seen that version, but it sounds like fun--a little over the top, but entertaining nonetheless! :)

Shelley

What a life! I didn't know any of this, and how interesting about the collaboration. Three Musketeers is so much fun. I have yet to read Count of Monte Cristo--it's been collecting dust on my mantel.

Danielle

Shelley--I don't always read about the authors when I pick up a book, so it was all new to me, too, though I did know he was from a mixed race background. I love a good adventure story and he certainly doesn't fail to deliver. I think the Three Musketeers will be perfect for February. The Count is also great fun whenever you decide to tackle it!

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