I was going along pretty well with The Three Musketeers when the election happened. We've never allowed politics and current events to "invade" our discussion hear at ReadLit, and I don't intend to open the discussion now. I'll just say that the election threw me into a deep funk. I could not concentrate on my reading (or anything much else) for about a week, but I'm back reading now.
I've been enjoying The Three Musketeers pretty well. The Man in the Iron Mask is the fifth and last book of the D'Artagnan Romances (or rather the third part of the third book of the Musketeers trilogy, The Vicomte of Bragelonne). I've not read it, but my understanding is that it was not written to be read as a stand-alone. Anyway, I'm sure that Guillermo could enlighten us on that.
As far as my own impression, it's a little strange to read a story that you sort of know, even if you've never read it before. I vaguely remember the Richard Lester movie(s) from the Seventies with Michael York, Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain, Faye Dunaway, and Raquel Welch. I think it followed the books pretty closely (as I best recall). I have seen other adaptations since, although they don't seem to follow the plot as well. Anyway, reading a book that you know that you've never read but knowing pretty much what comes next is a strange kind of déjà vu. It's quite fun, though. Not great literature (in my opinion) but fun.
: I finished A Suitable Boy which I thoroughly
: enjoyed. Almost 1500 pages, and I was always
: eager to get to my day's reading. I would
: have gladly read more of it. Wonderful,
: well-drawn characters, interesting story
: lines. It was all good.
: Now I'm reading The Spring of My Life, a
: book that is mostly haiku, by Issa, and I'm
: also reading Chuang Tzu.
: I'll finish these and read maybe one more
: short book before starting The Three
: Musketeers around the first of December. How
: is it going, Sterling? I am not exactly
: eager. I very much enjoyed The Count of
: Monte Cristo and I enjoyed The Black Tulip
: which I read with you all, but I found The
: Man in the Iron Mask dreadfully boring.
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