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Topic: Has anyone read The Knight of Maison-Rouge by Dumas?

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Subject: Has anyone read The Knight of Maison-Rouge by Dumas?
Date Posted: 6/18/2010 11:26 PM ET
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Hit the wrong button!! I was wondering if anyone on this forum has read this book. If so, what did you think of it? I ordered it b/c it sounded pretty good, but...one never knows!

Last Edited on: 6/18/10 11:27 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/19/2010 7:21 AM ET
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Aha! I have read it, along with the entire series - but this can and does stand alone. My understanding is Dumas wrote this first and then contracted to write a series that predates this book. That said - while this book is last chronologically the characters in this one are not related to the previous five books. Rather odd when you think about it. I would caution anyone to be very careful about picking up new *independent* editions of these books (or any Dumas book). Some of them have dire translations and can turn it into a bad book. I highly recommend hunting down the old Collier editions from the early 1900's (there are libraries in the US with them, don't forget ILL). Series order if memory serves,

Joseph Balsamo

Memoirs of a Physician

The Queen's Necklace

Taking the Bastille

The Countess de Charny

Knights of the Maison Rouge

I have reviewed all of these on Amazon.

Date Posted: 6/19/2010 9:04 AM ET
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I was just off to my book catalog to get the series order and I came right back to find that Misfit beat me to it. She's too quick!

She's right on the translation thing, but I think I read the newest trans of this one and thought it was very readable. Did you request the Modern Library one? It's the newest, I think, and the one I read.

Date Posted: 6/19/2010 9:14 AM ET
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Yep, I got the Modern Library one, so hopefully, it will be a good one to read! Thanks to you ladies for all of the good information!!!

Date Posted: 7/6/2010 10:00 PM ET
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The Oxford University Press World Classic editions are usually solid translations for Dumas, and they are nicely annotated.

I've enjoyed the Musketeer books, but I read Joseph Balsamo and thought it was terribly slow. I've started the second of the series, however -- Memoirs of a Physician -- because i hate to quit a big endeavor after starting. I guess knowing that Knights of the Maison Rouge is quite good will be a nice prod to get me through the preceding books in the series.





Date Posted: 7/6/2010 10:10 PM ET
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My one complaint about the Oxford editions is some (The Musketeers) include huge spoilers. Boo hiss.

I have heard (but don't quote me) that JB and Memoirs is one of those big old Dumas novels that the English speaking world broke into two novels. That might explain the slowness of it, but I really don't recall having problems with it.