Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Lost Book Gem: "Twenty Years After" - Alexandre Dumas (1845)


"Brothers fight or fall
It's man for man
and one for all."
~ Thin Lizzy ~



In the earlier classic, "The Three Musketeers"...the swashbuckling Fab Four (D'Artagnan, Porthos, Athos, & Aramis) were reveling in the thralls of Musketeer-mania.

But now, "Twenty Years After" finds our beloved swordsmen thrusting their poniards in conflicting directions. 
They're still like brothers, sure...but they're also different men with different interests, personal and political.  



It's a confusing time in France.  Tense civil unrest has the country divided and the guys are smack dab in the middle.  


Someone from their past is bent on inflicting some vicious sword-spanking revenge.  And a slimy adviser to the throne is manipulating their Queen like a pawn on a Parcheesi board.
  
All of which finds the Musketeers with their butts against the bowl.

At nearly 800 pages, Alexandre Dumas weaves a suspenseful tale of 
adventure with plenty of action making "Twenty Years After" worth ever page...and almost shares equal footing with its better known prequel.

"Fight Or Fall"  -  Thin Lizzy / Jailbreak (1976)


Brothers here I stand
Spread my wings and take command
The sky he justly planned
The boy become a man

After all this time
I tell myself that I'm
Not just wasting time
Oh you know I'm not that way inclined

Brothers if you hear
Raise your flags and make it clear
There is more to fear
If we wait for another year

After all this time
I tell-a tell-a myself that I'm
Just passing through time

After all this time
I tell myself that I'm
Not just wasting time
Oh you know I'm not that way inclined

Brothers fight or fall
It's man for man and one for all
No more can we crawl
Brothers, brothers hear the call

After all this time
I tell myself that I'm
Not just wasting time
Oh you know I'm not that way inclined

Brother brother
Brother brother
Brother fight or fall
It's man for man and one for all
Brother brother
Brother brother
What you want?

We gotta fight for one another!

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers
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