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Terrence RaffertyRichard Pevear’s brisk, agile new translation succeeds, I think, because it does justice to the pure nuttiness of Dumas’s writing: the nonindustrial, nonformulaic, downright peculiar qualities that make a work of popular fiction memorable. The Three Musketeers purports to dramatize some significant events from the reign of Louis XIII — the action begins in 1625 and ends three years later — but although many of its characters did actually exist, historical veracity is not (to put it mildly) Dumas’s primary concern. History seems too small for him, somehow.
— The New York Times