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`Read E-pub ⛑ Vicomte de Bragelonne ⛄ The Vicomte of Bragelonne Ten Years Later Le Vicomte de Bragelonne ou Dix ans plus tard is a novel by Alexandre Dumas, p re It is the third and last of the d Artagnan Romances following The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After It appeared first in serial form betweenandThe Vicomte of Bragelonne is the first volume of this work relating the events of Although this book is titled The sprawling three thousand page saga of the Four Musketeers is the meerschaum pipe of adventure literature Although it first attracts attention by its intricately carved detail, it is evenremarkable for the way it ages, for it reveals a rich range of colors as it progresses, each darker andinteresting than the one before Twenty Years After created a worldcynical, and heroes less intrepid and less unified, than that youthful rompThe Three Musketeers, and now, Ten Years Later The sprawling three thousand page saga of the Four Musketeers is the meerschaum pipe of adventure literature Although it first attracts attention by its intricately carved detail, it is evenremarkable for the way it ages, for it reveals a rich range of colors as it progresses, each darker andinteresting than the one before Twenty Years After created a worldcynical, and heroes less intrepid and less unified, than that youthful rompThe Three Musketeers, and now, Ten Years Later as one of the volumes of this two thousand word serial continuation is sometimes called the world revealed is even darker, and the cautious heroesself involved, than before The nature of the world is most clearly shown by the characters of its royal ministers The cowardly and miserly Mazarin, who replaced the Musketeer s fierce enemy the fearless and generous Richelieu, has becomecowardly and miserly than before, and is soon replaced by the two rival ministers Fouquet and Colbert who are concerned not with statecraft but with finance n addition, of course to gaining ascendancy over one another The musketeers all in their late forties or fifties have grown cautious as well Count Athos strives to create a career for his son Raoul the Vicomte of the title , Baron Porthos wishes to further his position in society, Bishop Aramis engages in deeper,inscrutable politics than before, and even Captain D Artagnan wearies of being a musketeer, discouraged by years of thankless service, disappointed in his callow young king, and most important of all worried about his lack of money for a comfortable retirement It is money not love or adventure or bravery that makes this world go round.And yet there are adventures and bravery here, and a little love too D Artagnan and Athos accomplished great things for the exiled Charles II of England, and D Artagnan with the assistance of Raoul battles rioters in the Paris streets Characteristically, though, this last heroic deed is also about money D Artagnan has become a landlord, and the rioters are trying to burn his building down Also, Raoul and Louise are attractive young lovers But though Raoul is noble and Louise is charming, we somehow sense that in this darkened world such love is doomed to fail Twenty Years After movesslowly than The Three Musketeers, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne is slower still But like a meerschaum its coloring is rich and varied I have decided to continue with the saga After all, there are only about thirteen hundred pages left to go In case I haven t made myself perfectly clear, I am 10000% obsessed with this series.The Musketeers are officially my bros, and when I read about them I imagine them as friends, which means I feel their experiences that muchsignificantly I laugh out loud, I grin, I gasp, I tear up, I bite my lip and I m pretty sure if I had a mustache I would twist it This series gives me a very serious case of feelings.I feel sad when I think of how many people never make it this far into the series Gr In case I haven t made myself perfectly clear, I am 10000% obsessed with this series.The Musketeers are officially my bros, and when I read about them I imagine them as friends, which means I feel their experiences that muchsignificantly I laugh out loud, I grin, I gasp, I tear up, I bite my lip and I m pretty sure if I had a mustache I would twist it This series gives me a very serious case of feelings.I feel sad when I think of how many people never make it this far into the series Granted, we re getting pretty political now, and there s a lot about the animosity between Focquet and Colbert, and bits and pieces about the governing of France and her relations, so it can be a littletedious in spots The Musketeers are divided, and Porthos and Aramis don t even make an appearance until well over halfway through This book borrows Raoul s title, but he s not a major player, but one can clearly see he personifies a combination of our four favourite heroes so there s a strong desire forof him.But there is so much fun to be had within these 650 pages This book begins with one of d Artagnan s famous schemes, and it makes me laugh so hard It s so ridiculous, and I love it thefor that Athos is still a noble example that counteracts d Artagnan s impulsiveness, and I love that this friendship is still going strong My heart pounds harder every time some of the friends are united, and the appearance of Porthos at his time made me want to hug him myself He s not given nearly enough credit, and every time I read the series I love himAramis is still a cunning fox and I m saddened every time they lie to one another, even though they still support their friendship The younger generation that s slowly leaking into the story are actually a lot of fun, and I rather enjoy the relationship between Raoul and the Comte de Guiche You can feel the tone of the story moving into the new friendships that are being born, so there are new dynamics to play with.There s no real villain in this story Mazarin the Miser is less threatening, and Colbert is not yet important enough to be evil, though he s well on his way The King is still finding his footing, and there are others who have malicious intentions that are easily put down by one of our growing list of heroes.So to sum up, this book contains a lotpolitics, and French history There are a lot of new names to remember and this handy edition has a breakdown of characters at the back but there are still some fun musketeer adventures and daring deeds This specific edition, though, includes a lot of notes which bothered me a bit I didn t think it was necessary to add a note for everything that referred to something from a previous book We all remember what went down with Milady, yo.I hopepeople get around to reading the entire series, because you ve really gotta read how d Artagnan decides to get rid of Monk It s my favourite part of the whole book and it s hilarious Original Review 13 11 13 I love D Artagnan and his crazy adventures Some classics, you have to wade through the descriptive literature to find the threads of a story with the work of Dumas, this is rarely the case The story is so colourful that the language simply adds a greater depth and poetry that enhances, rather than hinders, the work The story itself has as much intrigue as the previous Musketeers novels, though the absence of two of the four is sorely missed for a good portion of the book There s a fair bit of travel but that s nothing unusual, and D Artagnan is as charming as ever, despite the fact he s getting on in years Bit of a weird spot to end Part I, but I will be keen to get into the next part I can t believe how much I ve been enjoying my rash of Dumas novels lately I ve read the first three D Artagnan novels in quick succession and cannot recommend them highly enough This is Volume One of the last book sometimes referred to as Ten Years Later to be followed by Louise de Valliere and The Man in the Iron Mask Of course the novel wasn t originally intended to be split in this way, so the ending tails away a little as we leave the intrigues of Athos and D Artagnan to put Charles I I can t believe how much I ve been enjoying my rash of Dumas novels lately I ve read the first three D Artagnan novels in quick succession and cannot recommend them highly enough This is Volume One of the last book sometimes referred to as Ten Years Later to be followed by Louise de Valliere and The Man in the Iron Mask Of course the novel wasn t originally intended to be split in this way, so the ending tails away a little as we leave the intrigues of Athos and D Artagnan to put Charles II back on Britain s throne behind and begin the court shenanigans that will comprise volume 2, so I can understand why some will be bemused by this book, but of course unlike The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After this isn t ever supposed to be a complete work, like reading part one of War and Peace and complaining that there wasn t a proper ending The heroes are all muchworld weary now, D Artagnan is bitter, Porthos is over settled, Aramis is neck deep in intrigue and Athos is intent on setting his son out into the world properly Their enemies are small and petty now, compared to Milady and Richelieu of the first book, but that s not the fault of our heroes, and of course taking out your sword to solve a problem can now cause manyproblems than it solves Okay can t wait to start Louise de Valliere now