The Three Musketeers is a French historical fiction novel, written by Alexandre Dumas. It was originally published in serial form in the newspaper Le Siècle, between March and July 1844.
The Three Musketeers takes place in the time of Louis XIII's France, when Cardinal Richelieu acted as prime minister on France. It tells the story of a young swashbuckler named d'Artagnan as he ventures to Paris in order to become a guard for the King's royal Musketeers, and meets and associates with the three "inseparable" musketeers by the name of Athos, Porthos and Aramis. The four have many adventures together.
I read this book in the English translation (in the edition of the 1993 film), and it was captivating, exciting and a lot of fun. The three Musketeers in the story are quite a capricious bunch, and I enjoyed reading about how d'Artagnan needs to handle them.
I enjoyed The Three Musketeers. It had very good characters and, while it was an adventure novel, it was often very funny. It is well worth reading for the historical setting and context, plus the fact it is set in France gives it quite a different feel to English books. I thought the ending was rather predictable, but still a fun and enjoyable read.
- Reading Age: 14+
- Reading Aloud Age: 14+
As in all adventure novels, some violence, parts described in reasonable detail. The villain murders several people. Some extra-marital relationships appear.