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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving: Vook Classics

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving: Vook Classics [Kindle Edition]

Washington Irving
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Abridged but not rewritten, the classic tale is decorated with a plethora of very small, comically gothic cartoons that add an air of spooky grotesquerie. An overall color scheme of pale browns and oranges adds a properly autumnal air to Sleepy Hollow's knobby woodlands, and the supporting cast includes nearly as many ghosts, toothy imps and the like as it does human figures. Grimly's not much for verisimilitude - party guests at the Van Tassels include African-Americans, and there's a glimpse of a generic Native American earlier on - but burly "rantipole hero" Brom Bones looks rightly massive next to the exaggeratedly gawky figure of Ichabod Crane. The Headless Horseman not only sports a particularly eerie-looking twig between its shoulders but rides a red-eyed, demonic steed, and in three views on the final page the decayed schoolhouse has a decidedly haunted air. Still, this is not a particularly scary rendition, and because its text is chopped into scattered, easily digestible passages tucked between or inside the panels, it may have more appeal to less-able readers than full versions. (Fantasy. 10-12) (Kirkus Reviews)

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First published in 1820, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" remains one of the most well known pieces of early American fiction still read today. Set in a quaint, New York village in the years following the Revolutionary War, Washington Irving's groundbreaking ghost story is at times chilling and delightfully conspiratorial in its dark humor. Ichabod Crane, a preciously fey school master competes with local tough Brom Bones for a wife only to succumb to a headless, supernatural rider ... Or does he? Nothing is at it seems in this classic of American fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 896 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935814044
  • Publisher: Vook (17 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HS9LWS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #280,191 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Harvest Moon Evening 19 Sept. 2010
By Leisha
Format:Kindle Edition
Read this book, a short tale only 495 pages it will not take you long to get through it, and you will be a little bit richer for the experience. The tale illustrates a time long past when social intercourse consisted of the telling of ghoulish tales and things that strike fear in the hearts of man on a dark night.

I thoroughly enjoyed the read and particularly liked the author's detailed description of the place, its people and the autumnal atmosphere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Differs from the film 8 Dec. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Enjoyable, mildly amusing short story. it differs quite a lot from the Jonny Depp film though. So if you were expecting a "book of the film" [it was the other way round], then you may be surprised. It should be a nice surprise though because it is a charming little tale. Free on Kindle
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4.0 out of 5 stars GIVE IT A CHANCE!!! 11 Oct. 2010
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Okay, not the most modern read in the world and certainly dated.......but....keep at it and you will be rewarded. I's a slow burn and all the better for it. Like a good meal, best eaten and digested slowly.

A worthwhile read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, as usual 25 Nov. 2009
As a fan of Gris Grimly's work, I am perhaps a little biased. This book is up to the usual standard, stunningly illustrated and well written. Perhaps not suitable for easily scared children, or those who are very young, although any child with a sensible head on their shoulders, and a taste for the macabre will love it - I know I would have treasured it, had it been published 15 years ago! The book is equally suitable for adults who enjoy horror, dark humour, and all that's ghoulish, Poe fans especially.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not A Long Tale 5 Oct. 2011
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I have got frustrated in later years by people's perceptions of this tale. This has always been a popular story, but then Tim Burton comes along and makes his film version. Suddenly I find people saying what a great gothic ghost story this is, showing their complete ignorance of the original tale.

Ichabod Crane, a school teacher is seeking the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, but Abraham, often called Brom Bones also has his eye on the lovely lady. The area is full of ghost stories and the people are superstitious, especially Ichabod. One of the most famous tales is that of the headless horseman, and returning home one night Ichabod finds that he is being pursued by it.

If that was all the story was about then it would appear in anthologies of American ghost tales, and that would be it. The thing that makes this worth reading, apart from the quality of the writing is what really did happen. Was Ichabod really chased by this spectral figure, or is there a much more down to earth answer?

This edition only contains this one tale, there are no others of Irving's tales in this book. There are illustrations and photos here, some of these are black and white, others are in colour, which of course can't be appreciated if you are reading this on a kindle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely written, not brilliantly formatted 28 Dec. 2010
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The Kindle edition is the only one I've read and I got through it very quickly. A thoroughly entertaining read with some beautiful descriptive writing (full of archaic words which are, for the most part, no match for the Kindle!). Sadly, a few formatting quirks have made it in but, nevertheless, fantastic for nothing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 14 Dec. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a short and interestingly presented period work of literary note. The story itself is almost forced into the background by the quality and nature of the prose. Read this book to enjoy the way it is written more than what is written. An example of descriptions that delight the mind and stimulate visions - and that, for me is why I read books.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You feel that you are there 29 Aug. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
As with many readers my previous exposure to this story was the Disney Cartoon and the ghoulish adaptation by Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci in the Movie "Sleepy Hollow" [Blu-ray] (1999).

With my purchase of the kindle I was catching up on the classics or sample from different writers. I did not realize this was so short of a story and had to get the images out of my head from the films.

I am amazed had what a good descriptive writing of Washington Irving. I had to set the book down occasionally to look up people and words. Now I ordered information on Hudson and Cotton Mather.

I spent a year near the location of the story at West Point. Now I wonder if there was such a place as Sleepy Hollow.

This is another example of the book being better than the movie. And I look forwarded to reading more of Washington Irving. You will be hooked on him also. In any event it is work the read.

I used the Text-to-Speech function of the book. I intend to purchase a copy form my physical library.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Disney Mini Classics) [VHS]

Sleepy Hollow [Blu-ray]
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