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The Man in the Iron Mask

Post by Sarah_Khan » 22 May 2016, 13:32

I just finished reading The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas and I am disappointed. I have already read all the other books in the series and I think this one might actually be the worst.
The beginning of the story was exciting and well paced but towards the second half of the book I felt like the story was just getting stretched out and I wanted to finish the book. Although I like how Dumas wrapped up everything in the very end.
There were a few things that annoyed me in this novel. One thing I didn't like was the fact that some characters that were so important in the beginning just disappear in the second half. I also couldn't wrap my head around the fallout of Aramis' plan regarding the king. The whole thing seemed like just a waste of time and effort.
Now that I'm done with this book I think I'm going to watch the movie since some people say that the movie was better.
I'd love to hear your opinions on the book or the movie. :D

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Post by Magnify3 » 09 Jul 2019, 02:17

I read the book too. I was so disappointed that Aramis' plan failed too. I was even more disappointed with D'Artaggon siding with the King. I think for me the whole story ended with the King's twin ending back in the iron mask and forgotten.
The movie however, makes it a happily ever after affair. So I guess watching the movie after reading the book made me feel better.

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Post by Gathoni1991 » 23 Jul 2019, 02:01

Oh bummer! The title is so catchy and here I thought I had found a great book to read. Thank you for the heads up.

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Post by djr6090 » 23 Jul 2019, 08:07

I'm sorry you didn't like the book. I read a lot of Dumas when I was about 14, and I remember it being exciting and romantic. Have you tried The Queen's Necklace? I would do that before falling back on a Hollywood version of literature.

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Post by Magnify3 » 24 Jul 2019, 06:36

djr6090 wrote:
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I'm sorry you didn't like the book. I read a lot of Dumas when I was about 14, and I remember it being exciting and romantic. Have you tried The Queen's Necklace? I would do that before falling back on a Hollywood version of literature.
Do the three musketeers feature in this book as well? They will definitely be the reason that I would want to read The Queen's Necklace .

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Post by djr6090 » 24 Jul 2019, 09:37

Yes, they do. You will also read more about why D'Artagnan is so devoted to the young king. I won't spoil it for you. And don't miss Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo.

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Post by Magnify3 » 26 Jul 2019, 04:59

djr6090 wrote:
24 Jul 2019, 09:37
Yes, they do. You will also read more about why D'Artagnan is so devoted to the young king. I won't spoil it for you. And don't miss Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo.
Oh wow! Thanks for the recommendations djr6090! I look forward to reading them.

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Post by paulkinyuao+ » 06 Aug 2019, 11:11

I haven't read this.

May your comments give me direction, fellow readers.

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Post by Laila_Hashem » 31 Aug 2019, 06:55

Yeah. I found it had the same problem. It really grabbed my attention at first, but the plotline went downhill from there.

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