Alexandre Dumas was already a best-selling novelist when he wrote this historical romance, combining (as he claimed) the two essentials of life--"l'action et l'amour." The Man in the Iron Mask climactically concludes the epic adventures of the three Musk3ateers: here, Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and their friend D'Artagnan, once invincible, meet their destinies.
Timeless tales, brilliantly recolored and reprinted as lively study guides. Featuring essays on the author, background, theme, characters and significance of the work, by accomplished scholars and teachers with special interest in their texts, these editions make perfect study guides.
If you have read the Three Musketeers books leading up to this one, you will not want to read this. It is missing twenty eight chapters that tie in with Louise de la Valliere. Find the Oxford World Classics edition of the title. It is the only one that I have found in print that contains these 28 chapters.
Deception and revenge are the themes of this historical tale of the Three Musketeers and their derring-do. This is not the movie version, but a more complex and astonishing fiction. Recent investigations into the truth of this story have remarkable theories on the real identity of the man in the mask. The charming prose of this very good translation suits an age where values are very different from our own. Dumas was hailed as a great and prolific writer in the 19th century.
Deep inside the dreaded Bastille a twenty-three-year-old prisoner called merely "Philippe" has languished for eight long dark years. He does not know his real name or what crime his is supposed to have committed. But Aramis, one of the original Three Musketeers, has bribed his way into the cell to reveal the shocking secret that has kept Philippe locked away from the world. That carefully concealed truth could topple Louis XIV, King of France, which is exactly what ARamis is plotting to do!