The Man in the Iron Mask

The Man in the Iron Mask

Book rating: 03 Paperback Wordsworth Classics

By (author) Alexandre Dumas, Introduction and notes by Keith Wren, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine

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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 656 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 196mm x 34mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 5 October 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1840224355
  • ISBN 13: 9781840224351
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 21,701

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The Man in the Iron Mask is the final episode in the cycle of novels featuring Dumas' celebrated foursome of D'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, who first appeared in The Three Musketeers. Some thirty-five years on, the bonds of comradeship are under strain as they end up on different sides in a power struggle that may undermine the young Louis XIV and change the face of the French monarchy. In the fast-paced narrative style that was his trademark, Dumas pitches us straight into the action. What is the secret shared by Aramis and Madame de Chevreuse? Why does the Queen Mother fear its revelation? Who is the mysterious prisoner in the Bastille? And what is the nature of the threat he poses? Dumas, the master storyteller, keeps us reading and guessing until the climactic scene in the grotto of Locmaria, a fitting conclusion to the epic saga of the musketeers.

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Alexandre Dumas (pere) (1802-1870) was the son of a distinguished General in the Republican Army. Interested in writing from an early age, Dumas left for Paris where he found work in the household of the Duc D'Orleans. He soon found success writing historical plays and gained important friendships, money and the Librarianship of the Palais Royale. By 1832 his plays were celebrated throughout France, but he contracted cholera and was sent to Switzerland to convalesce. There he took to writing travel books and eventually turned to fiction, primarily adventure stories and historical novels, for which he has an enduring reputation. Other titles by this remarkable author available in Wordsworth Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.

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By alaskaluna 08 Nov 2012 3

A fascinating story, although it is definitely better to start at the beginning of the D'Artagnan Romances. "The Count of Monte Cristo" is, in my opinion, a better "escape" story, and stands better on its own. As a matter of interest, for fans of "The Count", have a look at these amazing new sequels, by the mysterious "Holy Ghost Writer". They are written in the same style as the original, and are equally as gripping. Titled "The Sultan of Monte Cristo" (Book II) and "That Girl Started Her Own Country" (Book III). Both are riveting books from beginning to end, and worthy successors to the original. If, at the end of "The Count of Monte Cristo" and/or "The Man in the Iron Mask", you are left thirsting for more, I urge you to have a look at these fabulous sequels. Both books are available on Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes and Noble. But don't take my word for it - check out all the glowing 5 star reviews on the books, if you still need convincing! :) You can either look the books up, or copy and paste the following links into your browser: http://www.amazon.com/The-Sultan-Monte-Cristo-ebook/dp/B008HV55YA/ref. SECOND LINK: http://www.amazon.com/STARTED-COUNTRY-Count-Cristo-ebook/dp/B0094IH8HC/ref