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The Queen's Necklace

af Alexandre Dumas

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Serier: The Marie Antoinette romances (2)

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"The Queen's Nicklace" dramatizes an unsavory incident in the 1780s at the court of King Louis XVI of France involving the King'swife, Marie Antoinette. Her reputation was already tarnished by gossip and scandal, and her implication in a crime involving a stolen necklace became one of the major turning-points of public opinion against the monarchy, which eventually culminated in the French Revolution.… (mere)

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I was not enjoying this book and I figured out the reason. This version is a straight text to printing book. The book lacks formatting. I never realized how important formatting is until I found how difficult it is to read without formatting. I will look for a formatted copy and try again. ( )
  cakecop | Mar 2, 2020 |
I found out after the fact that this is the second book in a series, so... yeah. I might look into reading Memoirs of a Physician and The Marie Antoinette Romances. The introduction is extremely engaging; unfortunately, it doesn’t have much to do with The Queen's Necklace. M. de Cagliostro was my favorite character - almost like the Count, but we’re not told much about his motivations.

The story has three plots intertwined - and when I say “plots” I do mean “plots”. One, enterprising young Jeanne maneuvers herself into the high life she believes she deserves; two, the mysterious Monsieur de Cagliostro takes interest in a doppelganger to the queen; and three, Beausire, the doppelganger’s seedy boyfriend, plans the elaborate theft of a necklace made for the queen.

The story was slow, and lacked a lot of the tension that made Monte Cristo such a good read. I’m not a huge fan of the whole doppelganger trope - and, even though the queen figures it out fairly early, she does nothing to avoid the typical doppelganger shenanigans. At least everything falls apart quickly and realistically (if not intelligently) instead of building an improbably web of assumptions and mistakes.

Not for fans of action and adventure. If the slow parts of The Count of Monte Cristo were too slow for you, avoid The Queen’s Necklace. ( )
  Andibook | Dec 29, 2014 |
Well, like everything by Dumas that I've read, this is a rollicking read, but I wish I had read it before I read the book of the same name by Antal Szerb. That's because Szerb tried to figure out what really happened, while Dumas lets his imagination run riot, and I kept thinking "that didn't really happen, no that's something he made up." For example, Szerb is convinced that Jeanne de Motte never met Marie Antoinette, yet in this novel she visits her frequently at Versailles; similarly, Szerb is convinced that the queen never owned or wore the necklace but in the Dumas version she owns it briefly. Szerb casts a veil over whether the queen had lovers, as her detractors insisted, but in this novel she at the very least falls in love easily. Similarly, Dumas seems to invent a subplot involving a fake Portuguese ambassador.

Nonetheless, this is a lively tale of plot and counterplot, intrigue, mysterious characters, love, and above all honor. I enjoyed it, but not as much as I could have.

There seems to be no modern translation of this novel. No translator is listed for my edition, a 1951 publication, and the language at times is old-fashioned and obscure. There are also a variety of print-on-demand editions.
2 stem rebeccanyc | Mar 24, 2014 |
3.5 - 4 stars

Balsamo is back and, after a hiatus of 10 years and the adoption of a new identity (le Comte de Cagliostro), he is ready to begin anew his efforts at bringing down the throne of France. The action centres around Marie Antoinette (painted quite positively by Dumas) and the infamous affair of the diamond necklace. This tangled intrigue revolves around the fabulous necklace, worth 1.5 million francs according to Dumas, and the varied attempts by different intriguers to ensure that the queen was presented with it as a sign of love. The court, apparently already suffering under the dual weight of an embarrassing lack of funds and rumours of the queen's infidelity spread by her many enemies, can little withstand a blow in both quarters. From here Dumas weaves various threads and intrigues with his usual aplomb as his varied cast of characters are drawn inexoribly towards their ultimate ends.

Dumas seems to have had a things for cardinals, queens and romantic cavaliers...though in this volume they are handled very differently than in some of the other places we've seen them used. We again see our old friends the Taverneys (the wonderfully venal old Baron de Taverney, the angelic and somewhat stiff Andrée, and the heroically romantic Philippe) and a short introduction reintroduces the charmingly dissolute Duke de Richelieu (sadly underutilized in this book). Added to the cast are the impoverished and ambitious adventuress the Countess de la Motte Valois, the lovestruck and somewhat befuddled Cardinal de Rohan, and the also heroically romantic Count de Charny (soon to be rival of our old friend Philippe). The last, and perhaps most important character (at least to the intrigues Dumas developes) is Olivia (formerly Nicole when she was the servant of the Taverneys and lover of Gilbert) who bears a striking resemblance to the queen. Got that straight? Good.

It's great to see Dumas once again in full command of his intricate plot and never really losing any of the strings. The characters are well-drawn and the action fast-paced as always. While not anywhere near the perfection of [b:The Count of Monte Cristo|7126|The Count of Monte Cristo|Alexandre Dumas|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1309203605s/7126.jpg|391568] or [b:The Three Musketeers|7190|The Three Musketeers|Alexandre Dumas|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1320436982s/7190.jpg|1263212] this is an enjoyable read and I truly enjoyed being able to feel for characters on both sides of the plot. Marie Antoinette is quite positively painted (as is Louis XVI whose only great flaw seems to be a lack of backbone) and yet Dumas allows us to see glimpses of her weakness, pride and selfishness that will utlimately lead to her downfall. The Cardinal could have been painted as a pure villain, or complete dupe, but manages to be sympathetic and seen as a victim of circumstances beyond his control. The Countess de la Motte is probably the most one-note character and doesn't manage to approach the sublime heights of villainy and attraction of Milady, but she fulfills her role.

All in all a very fun read that sets things up for the inevitable fall to come. Recommended for fans of Dumas. ( )
1 stem dulac3 | Apr 2, 2013 |
Un livre qui se lit d'une traite comme un Dumas mais qui s'éssoufle sur la fin. ( )
  maxime_cojan | Feb 15, 2012 |
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"The Queen's Nicklace" dramatizes an unsavory incident in the 1780s at the court of King Louis XVI of France involving the King'swife, Marie Antoinette. Her reputation was already tarnished by gossip and scandal, and her implication in a crime involving a stolen necklace became one of the major turning-points of public opinion against the monarchy, which eventually culminated in the French Revolution.

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