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  • Alexandre Dumas

    Following The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After, Dumas continued his D'Artagnan romances with a final trilogy set during the reign of Louis XIV. Louise de La Vallière, the second novel in that trilogy, continues the suspense which began with The Vicomte de Bragelonne and will end with The Man in the Iron Mask. Filled with behind-the-scenes political intrigues and set against a tender love story, the novel brings the aging Musketeers out of retirement to face an impending crisis within the royal court of France. It is 1661, and King Louis XIV is strengthening France's military, preparing to undermine superintendent of finance Nicolas Fouquet at the behest of wily social-climber...read more

  • Alexandre Dumas

    This sequel to Dumas' "Marguerite de Valois" begins four years after the sudden death of King Charles IX and succession of his brother Henry III. The reign of King Henry III was plagued with rebellion and political intrigue due to the War of the Three Henries, where his regency was challenged by King Henry of Navarre (leader of the Huguenots) and Henry I, Duke of Guise (leader of the Catholic League). Dumas weaves two main storylines through this turbulent backdrop: one of the love ignited between le Comte de Bussy and la Dame de Monsoreau, and another of the friendship between King Henry III and his truly unique jester, Chicot (Jean-Antoine d'Anglerais). - Summary by...read more

  • Alexandre Dumas

    Le plus étonnant des romans d'amour au temps de la Révolution Française. Un médecin éveille à la vie et à la joie une fillette, une 'innocente' : les sentiments les plus tendres s'épanouissent entre eux, mais les jeunes gens sont brutalement séparés. Le médecin se lance alors dans la politique et devient à Paris, au sein de la Convention, le compagnon fidèle du grand Danton. Toute l'épopée de la patrie en danger traverse ce livre où l'amour et la mort éprouvent tour à tour les héros... Jamais sans doute Dumas n'a donné à ce point l'impression de vivre avec ses personnages. Ce mystérieux médecin Jacques Mérey, député à la Convention, sauveur de la France...read more

  • Alexandre Dumas

    El sacrificio de una cortesana. El hijo del gran novelista de aventuras, Alejandro Dumas, tuvo que vivir a la sombra del exito de su padre, cuyo nombre compartia, hasta el punto de que muchos creyeron, cuando a la edad de 23 anos publico 'La dama de las camelias' que obra tan brillante debia ser del padre. Esta novela, basada en la vida de una famosa cortesana parisiense de la vida, cuenta el conmovedor sacrificio de la heroina a favor de una nina que ni siquiera conoce. Todo lo absurdo de las convenciones sociales esta en el fondo de esta obra maestra, que posteriormente el mismo Dumas llevo a las tablas y que fue la base de la opera de Verdi 'La...read more

  • Alexandre Dumas

    'Todos para uno y uno para todos'. Las aventuras de los tres mosqueteros del rey, Atos, Portos y Aramis y su amigo D'Artagnan, en su busqueda de arreglar el problema del collar de la reina y de su antagonismo contra los guardias del Cardenal Richelieu, son la base de una serie de obras de Dumas, padre, en las cuales el espiritu de aventura se convierte en una serie de acciones emocionantes, que convierte a 'Los tres mosqueteros' en una de las novelas de accion mas brillantes en la historia de la literatura. Aunque dicen que los personajes estan basados en gente real, lo cierto es que la imaginacion de Dumas trasciende lo historico para crear una obra apasionante, que es leida por Carlos...read more

  • Alexandre Dumas

    La venganza era su unica diosa. Entre las novelas de aventuras de Alejandro Dumas, siempre ha ocupado lugar preferencial la historia de Edmundo Dantes, quien condenado injustamente a morir en la prision de If, logra escapar, encontrar un tesoro y bajo la personalidad ficticia de Conde de Montecristo, dedica el resto de su vida a vengarse implacablemente de quienes lo llevaron al encarcelamiento, pero tambien a beneficiar a todos aquellos que lo ayudaron y tuvieron un gesto de bondad en el momento de necesidad. Ese personaje lleno de contradicciones y que sabe premiar a los buenos y castigar a los malos es uno de los mas legendarios en toda la literatura de aventuras y la genial creacion de...read more

  • Alexandre Dumas

    Originally published in 1845 as a sequel to The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After is a supreme creation of suspense and heroic adventure. Two decades have passed since the three musketeers triumphed over Cardinal Richelieu and Milady. Time has weakened their resolve and dispersed their loyalties. But treasons and stratagems still cry out for justice: civil war endangers the throne of France, while in England, Cromwell threatens to send Charles I to the scaffold. Dumas brings his immortal quartet out of retirement to cross swords with time, the malevolence of men, and the forces of history. But their greatest test is a titanic struggle with the son of Milady, who wears the face of...read more

  • Alexandre Dumas

    Dumas continues his Musketeer Romances with a final trilogy. The Vicomte de Bragelonne opens an epic adventure which continues with Louise de la Vallière and reaches its climax in The Man in the Iron Mask. It is May 1660, and the fate of nations is at stake. Mazarin plots, Louis XIV is in love, and Raoul de Bragelonne, son of Athos, is intent on serving France and winning the heart of Louise de la Vallière. Meanwhile, d’Artagnan learns that his old comrades have great projects in hand. Athos seeks the restoration of Charles II, while Aramis, with Porthos in tow, has a secret plan involving a masked prisoner and the fortification of the island of Belle-Ile....read more

  • Alexandre Dumas

    Thirty years after their first adventures in The Three Musketeers, we find Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan in very different situations, now. Athos has settled down at his own estate. Porthos married a rich widow, and is now a Baron. Aramis joined a monastery, and is now the Bishop of Vannes. D'Artagnan alone remains a Musketeer for the king, and is now captain of the very force he so longed to join all those years ago. In The Man in the Iron Mask, Dumas rounds out his Musketeers into probing, multifaceted characters. Each now has a wealth of experience behind each of his actions. This is no simple adventure tale. It is political intrigue at its...read more

  • Alexandre Dumas

    The novel follows events in France during La Fronde, during the childhood reign of Louis XIV, and in England near the end of the English Civil War, leading up to the victory of Oliver Cromwell and the execution of King Charles I. Dumas comes out on the side of the monarchy in general, or at least he supports the idea of a well-meaning, liberal monarchy. His musketeers are valiant and just in their efforts to protect young Louis XIV and the doomed Charles I from their attackers. This book is the least well-known of the Musketeer saga but works effectively as a sequel, with reappearances by most main characters (or children of main characters) and a number of...read more

  • Alexandre Dumas

    In this, the last of the Three Musketeers novels, Dumas builds on the true story of a mysterious prisoner held incognito in the French penal system, forced to wear a mask when seen by any but his jailer or his valet. If you have skipped the novels between The Three Musketeers and this, a few notes will bring you into the story: On one side - Aramis, now a bishop and secretly the Captain-General of the Jesuit Order, who believes he has found a path to a higher honor - the papacy. Monsieur Fouquet, the vastly rich minister of finance, Aramis' ally. Philippe, the identical twin of King Louis XIV, who grew up in ignorance of his pedigree, and whose surrogate parents were murdered on the king's...read more

  • Alexandre Dumas

    Un soir de 24 décembre, Marie et Fritz découvrent, au pied de l'arbre de Noël, un charmant petit bonhomme difforme casseur de noisette. Forcé par de jeunes auditeurs à raconter un conte, Monsieur Dumas nous rapporte ici l'histoire de ce héros improbable, empruntée à...read more

  • Alexandre Dumas

    Part local legend of a dark and dangerous Wolf-Leader, part childhood memories of his home near Villers-Cotterets, in Aisne, Dumas here penned a chilling supernaturlal encounter between man and the devil. Our hero, Thibault the shoemaker, is beaten on the orders of the Lord of Vez for hunting in the lord's forest. With Thibault's resentment at his treatment by the world at its height, the devil sees his chance and, in the guise of a wolf, proposes a deal which Thibault accepts; the ever available trade of one's soul for evil power. With a pack of demon possessed wolves at his command, Thibault begins to explore his new power tentatively, hesitant to do evil, but unable to help himself, the...read more

  • Alexandre Dumas

    Volume 3 of The d'Artagnan Romances is divided into three parts. In this, the final part, dÕArtagnanÕs fortune is near its height; having become the illustrious Captain of the Musketeers, he is now the chief defender of King Louis XIV. Fortune has also smiled on his three companions: Aramis is a wealthy bishop and the powerful, secret Superior General of the Jesuit Order (or Òthe black popeÓ); Athos is the premier nobleman of France; and Porthos becomes a Duke with the proud but garishly long-winded title of Òdu Vallon de Bracieux de Pierrefonds.Ó On the opposite side of fortune, we find the young Phillippe, a desolate iron-masked prisoner in the infamous Bastille who has been...read more

  • Alexandre Dumas

    Armando Duval, un joven de la alta sociedad parisiense, se enamora perdidamente de Margarita Gautier, reconocida cortesana, quien corresponde sinceramente a este sentimiento. Olvidándose de esas circunstancias que les rodean, Armando y Margarita se entregan por completo a ese amor, sin importarles el escándalo que esto...read more

  • Alexandre Dumas

    Dashing young Edmond Dant?¿s has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dant?¿s is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dant?¿s learns of a vast hidden treasure. After fourteen years of hopeless imprisonment, Dant?¿s makes his daring escape and follows his secret map to untold fortune. Disguised now as the mysterious and powerful Count of Monte Cristo, Dant?¿s seeks out his enemies-and nothing will stand in the way of his just revenge. Filled with...read more

  • Alexandre Dumas

    Thirty-five years after the events of The Three Musketeers, D’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis find themselves caught between conflicting loyalties in a power struggle that could change the face of the French monarchy. For eight long years, a young prisoner has languished within the dreaded Bastille, his face hidden in an iron mask. He knows neither his true identity nor the crime for which he has been imprisoned. But Aramis knows this secret—a secret so dangerous, it could topple the King from his throne. Will his cause divide the once indivisible band of musketeers? A tale of mystery, adventure, and political intrigue, this conclusion to Dumas’s swashbuckling...read more

  • Alexandre Dumas

    When tulip-grower Cornelius van Baerle is framed for treason and sentenced to death, he is powerless against the brutal factional politics that put him in prison. But Rosa, the jailer's daughter, is beautiful and strong-willed, and when they fall in love she determines not only to save him but also to grow the near mythical flower: the black tulip. Set in the savage turmoil of Holland's late 17th century, this intimate novel celebrates the power of integrity over obsession, and tolerance over violence; and it creates in the black tulip a symbol of humanity's...read more

  • Alexandre Dumas

    This is an Abridged Edition For Edmond Dantes, life couldn't be better. At nineteen, he is soon to be captain of his own ship and about to be married to his true love, Mercedes. But his life is suddenly turned upside down when, on his wedding day, he is arrested. Without a fair trial, he is condemned to solitary confinement in the miserable Chateau d'If. Soon it is clear that Edmond has been framed by a handful of powerful enemies, jealous of his success. While locked away, Edmond learns from another prisoner, Abbe Faria, of a secret treasure hidden on the island of Monte Cristo. Faria teaches Edmond history, science, languages, and philosophy, turning him into a well-rounded individual....read more

  • Alexandre Dumas

    The tulip craze of seventeenth-century Holland has a dark side! Cornelius van Baerle, a wealthy but naive tulip grower, finds himself entangled in the deadly politics of his time. Cornelius's one desire is to grow the perfect black tulip. But after his godfather is murdered, he finds himself in prison, facing a death sentence. His jailer's lovely daughter holds the key to his survival and his chance to produce the precious black blossom. Yet he has one more enemy to contend...read more