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Louise de La Vallière | [Alexandre Dumas]

Louise de La Vallière

As part of the d'Artagnan Romances following The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After, and devoted in large part to romantic events at the court of France's King Louis XIV, Louise de La Valliere is the second part of Alexandre Dumas's 268 chapter novel The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later, which first appeared in serial form between 1847 and 1850.
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Publisher's Summary

As part of the d'Artagnan Romances following The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After, and devoted in large part to romantic events at the court of France's King Louis XIV, Louise de La Valliere is the second part of Alexandre Dumas's 268 chapter novel The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later, which first appeared in serial form between 1847 and 1850. Filled with behind-the-scenes intrigue, the novel brings the aging Musketeers and d'Artagnan out of retirement to face an impending crisis within the royal court of France.

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What the Critics Say

"One of the very best of the series, mixing amorous and political intrigue with an élan peculiar to Dumas...this quasi-historical series remains remarkably readable" (The Irish Times, Dublin)

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    Mr Melbourne, Australia 08-28-09
    Mr Melbourne, Australia 08-28-09 Member Since 2006
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    "A Soap Opera with Musketeers"

    This story seems quaint and very subtle by modern standards.

    Large tracts are devoted to the minutiae of French royalty and the surrounding courtiers, where sometimes there is a very long and (impeccably narrated) winding road to reach a climax where one of several gallant knights squeezes one of several ladies-in-waiting hands or some other equally scandalous body part.

    I suppose this must have titillated in it's day, but it really doesn't measure up to the excitement of "The 3 Musketeers", "20 Years After" or even "The Man in the Iron Mask", which follows on from this, and is well enough written that you could probably jump from "Le Vicomte de Bragelonne" to "The Man in the Iron Mask" without losing much in the bargain.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    V. T. Carson Connecticut 09-26-09
    V. T. Carson Connecticut 09-26-09 Member Since 2004

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    "Louis and Louise"

    Please give us all of the Dumas that is available in audio format -- commission new recordings, if necessary. Louise de La Velliere is another fine prequel to The Man in the Iron Mask, even if you have already read that classic. Louise, Raoul, Athos, and many other characters are understood more easily when The Vicompte de Bragilonne, Louise de La Valliere, and The Man in the Iron Mask are taken in the proper order. No wonder Aramis wants to replace Louis on the throne with his twin brother!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen D. Petersen 01-21-10
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    "Subpar for Dumas, redeemed by Simon Vance."

    As others have said, the velvet and lace romantic intrigues are subpar for Dumas, but the novel as a whole is redeemed by its enlargement and shading of the series' characters, insightful flourishes, and above all by the sublime performance of Simon Vance, who intones new meaning into otherwise hackneyed soap opera.

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    Jim Boston, MA, United States 11-17-09
    Jim Boston, MA, United States 11-17-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Not the best book in the series"

    I loved the performance by Simon Vance as with all his work. However, this installment is not up to the great level of Dumas' previous three books in the series. A romantic farce rather than a tragedy it just doesn't hold up. Can't wait to get back to his great writing with Man in the Iron Mask.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William KNIGHTDALE, NC, United States 09-04-13
    William KNIGHTDALE, NC, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2004

    I love a good book...

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    "The journey continues..."

    Alexandre Dumas continues with this interesting story of love, intrigue, betrayal and conspiracy. As Mel Brooks says, "It's good to be the king."

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    "The weakest of the series"

    A bit too much 'woe is me I'm in love' and not enough swashbuckling in this one!

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