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The book has no illustrations or index. Purchasers are entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Subjects: Business
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  • ISBN-13: 9781153639217
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 3/15/2010
  • Pages: 20
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.04 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2008

    Who was the man in the iron mask?

    In life, he was sentenced to a cruel fate--in death, he would become a legend. Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of the mysterious man who was imprisoned in the Bastille starting in the 168o's until his death some thirty years later. During that time his face had been hidden by an iron mask. While his identity remains a mystery, there are some tantalizing clues which might remove the mask from the man. Most prisoners of the French prison were usually important people who had fallen out of favor with King Louis XIV. Given strict orders by the king, the Musketeers were to kill him if he removed his mask. He ate in the mask, slept in the mask, and eventually died in the mask. In 1717, Voltaire was imprisoned at the Bastille. According to him, the man in the iron mask was around 60 when he died, and bore a striking resemblance to a very famous aristocrat. Of course, the most famous aristocrat in France at that time was King Louis XIV, who was also in his 60's. Another prisoner at the Bastille, Joseph de Lagrange, asserted that Benigne d'Auvergne de Saint, the governor of Sainte Marguerite, treated the mystery man deferentially and referred to him as 'prince'. Stories about the mysterious prisoner are conflicting. Some state that he wore a mask of velvet, not iron. Evidence has surfaced saying that the prisoner was buried under the name M. de Marchiel. And later, a death certificate giving the prisoner's name as Marchioly and his age of 45 was found. Another states, that in 1789 Frederic Grimm, a famous writer, claimed that a valet had revealed to him that Louis XIV had an identical twin. And that Louis XIII, feared the brothers would grow up to fight over the throne, so he sent the second-born baby away to be raised in secret. The boy was taken into a nobleman's household and treated with great respect, but he was never told who he really was. As he grew up, he saw a portrait of King Louis XIV and guessed the truth. He was immediately arrested, and spent the rest of his life as the Man in the Iron Mask. Many people believed this to be false, and believe it was elaborated and embroidered by Alexandre Dumas as the years passed. It has been said that when the Bastille was stormed by a revolutionary mob, the prince's skeleton was discovered, still wearing his iron mask. Of course, there is no record that this actually happened.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2009

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    Excellent Book, Deceiving Title

    This book is the very final entry in the Three Musketeers Series by Alexandre Dumas. The Book brings about the end of all but one of the four musketeers who are: Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'artagnan. The 'man in the iron mask' is the titular character of the book but he is only an incidental character in the story and he takes up approximately one quarter of the plot or less. The story involving the man in the iron mask and the very premise of the plot surrounding this character is very thrilling and intellectually pleasing. the back of the book describes the man in the iron mask as a prisoner whose face has been hidden from all for the eight years that he has been imprisoned in the Bastille and that he knows neither his name or why he is there. I will not give away why he is there and who he is but it is definitely a great surprise worth the read. The identity of this titular character is revealed very close to the beginning of the story and it will instantly have you hooked. It is worth reading much of the slow beginning to get to the parts of the story involving the man in the iron mask. Reading these parts about the clever devices that Aramis uses to execute his plan surrounding the man are enough to make one giddy. The book takes a different turn about 2/3 of the way through the book and the man in the iron mask is not heard from anymore. The rest of the story comprises of the final ventures of the three musketeers and how their lives come to an end. This part of the book is still very readable even to people who are not fluent in the first books surrounding the Three Musketeers and any person can find this book enjoyable.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

    Dumas is a great writer.

    Great story and excellent reading

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2008

    Who was the man in the iron mask?

    In life, he was sentenced to a cruel fate--in death, he would become a legend. Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of the mysterious man who was imprisoned in the Bastille starting in the 168o's until his death some thirty years later. During that time his face had been hidden by an iron mask. While his identity remains a mystery, there are some tantalizing clues which might remove the mask from the man. Most prisoners of the French prison were usually important people who had fallen out of favor with King Louis XIV. Given strict orders by the king, the Musketeers were to kill him if he removed his mask. He ate in the mask, slept in the mask, and eventually died in the mask. In 1717, Voltaire was imprisoned at the Bastille. According to him, the man in the iron mask was around 60 when he died, and bore a striking resemblance to a very famous aristocrat. Of course, the most famous aristocrat in France at that time was King Louis XIV, who was also in his 60's. Another prisoner at the Bastille, Joseph de Lagrange, asserted that Benigne d'Auvergne de Saint, the governor of Sainte Marguerite, treated the mystery man deferentially and referred to him as 'prince'. Stories about the mysterious prisoner are conflicting. Some state that he wore a mask of velvet, not iron. Evidence has surfaced saying that the prisoner was buried under the name M. de Marchiel. And later, a death certificate giving the prisoner's name as Marchioly and his age of 45 was found. Another states, that in 1789 Frederic Grimm, a famous writer, claimed that a valet had revealed to him that Louis XIV had an identical twin. And that Louis XIII, feared the brothers would grow up to fight over the throne, so he sent the second-born baby away to be raised in secret. The boy was taken into a nobleman's household and treated with great respect, but he was never told who he really was. As he grew up, he saw a portrait of King Louis XIV and guessed the truth. He was immediately arrested, and spent the rest of his life as the Man in the Iron Mask. Many people believed this to be false, and believe it was elaborated and embroidered by Alexandre Dumas as the years passed. It has been said that when the Bastille was stormed by a revolutionary mob, the prince's skeleton was discovered, still wearing his iron mask. Of course, there is no record that this actually happened.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2003

    Very intriguing

    This was so cool. I had not read the Three Musketeers, but after this book, I'm hooked. Alexandre Dumas is a great writer with a flare for suspenseful scenes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Beautifully written by a true master. This is not Randall Walla

    Beautifully written by a true master. This is not Randall Wallace's 1998 film version, which bears very little in common with Dumas' masterpiece. It will make you curse, it will make you weep, and it will make you appreciate the demise of monarchy and the creation to democracy, no matter how flawed our system may be. Enjoy, if for no other reason than the beauty of the words.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

    Very heavy reading!

    If you are looking for this book to be anything like either of the last two movie versions, you will be sadly disappointed! I found the book to be long, the storyline to be convoluted and difficult to follow, and the ending to be not what was expected.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Anglewing

    She pads around, hopelessly sad. "Fadingstar, if you still even come here, i want you to know that im sorry I left. So sorry. I will be at 'river rush' result one as Rainstar for now. My deepest apologies. And, you are the nicest tom i have ever met." With that, sadness in her eyes, she padded out.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    EmberClaw

    Patterntail go back to minka res1

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Patterntail

    "Yes. Ender Wolf is there now warning yout clan."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Can i join?-Duskpelt

    .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    To fadingstar from spottedleaf

    I will be the med cat

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    CRASH!!!!

    It was like a white meteorite ripped through the sky and landed in the trees. Blood splatters on nearby plants. A radiant snowy owl lays with a hideous wound splayed across her belly. Her stalled breaths came in ragged.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    EmberStar

    GO JOIN NEW CLAN minka res1

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    EmberClaw

    Shifts uncomfortably,"well ima go hunt"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Patterntail

    Takes off into the woods

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    Angelwing

    She raced in. "FadingStorm? Are you here? Im so sorry about leaving!" She cries out.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    Halorix

    "Oh, me?" He looks around, feigning indignance with a smirk. "Ah, l'm another traveler is all. What are you?" With a dark look, he regards the two cats with unforgiving eyes. "My next meal, or a trophe?"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    To PathClan

    Eh... hi. I'm Fadingstar's stepbrother in real life. Just lettin' you guys know that he was in a car accident and won't be on for a while. So... whoever is deputy or whatever should probably step up. *le disapooftion*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    EmberClaw

    Tilts head,"FadingStar where have you been?" Turns to AngleWing,"Do you need anything?"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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