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1.0 out of 5 stars Fairly awful, 23 Jan. 2009
This review is from: The Last of the Mohicans (Penguin Popular Classics) (Paperback)
J. Fenimore Cooper is fairly inept as far as writer's go, his characterizations are little better than flimsy cut-outs, prototypes for half-a-hundred poor action and adventure films.
The plot, particularly in the final section of the novel, descends into the frankly ridiculous.
His portrayal of the Native Americans is quite bizarre, one minute they can tell apart apparently any moccasin-wearer from any other from a faint footprint, the next they are completely taken in by a man dressed as a bear, and another dressed as a beaver (small bear or grotesquely enormous beaver?). oh and they stop in the middle of a battle to drink from the "torrent" of blood gushing from the wounded. A torrent, a literal flood of blood gushing over the ground...
But it's the prose which is the worst, his immense fondness for the word "countenance" apart, the dialogue is so mannered and stiff it feels like reading a script for one of those daytime soap-operas they seem to adore in America.
I wouldn't recommend really...
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