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The Last of the Mohicans (Wordsworth Classics) Paperback – 5 May 1992
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Cooper's sympathy is large, and his humor is as genuine -- and as perfectly unaffected as his art --Joseph Conrad
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Illus. in black-and-white. This action-packed edition of James Fenimore Cooper's famous adventure brings the wilds of the American frontier and the drama of the French and Indian War to vivid life.
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This book may be hard-going, but it's worth reading. You need to take some time over it and persevere with the first half, but when you finish the book you'll feel it was worth it.
Admittedly a little slow in places and certainly I had to read back over some paragraphs to ensure that I understood because of the flowery language, but with images coloured by modern film adaptations I thought the book possessed of charm and I did recognise the basics of the plot.
synonymous with the phrase "Last of the Mohicans" in modern day, Hawkeye does not actually occupy centre-stage but is more a general player and the skirmishes in the latter part of the tale are quite good and the ceremonies emotively described.
Throw away your preconceptions and read it for what it is, an enjoyable tale of a savage time thankfully long-gone but eloquently described.
I am glad I gave it my attention.
By far the best of the tales I have so far read, having read the first three. It is more dynamic than the other tales and the story moves forward quickly. It is again written in that old style of the 1800's which has its own character and is not unpleasant to read. I enjoyed this book a great deal.
N.B. The Last of the Mohicans is very different from the film of the same name starring Daniel Day Lewis. In fact I would say the story of the original bears very little resemblance to the film.
During an earlier chapter of `The Last of The Mohicans' (1826), sharp-shooting, white-skinned scout, Hawkeye is trailing the heroes and heroines of the story, all of whom have been captured by the malevolent Huron tribe. Finding and following their trail through the forest is a meticulous, painstaking task that requires no stone to be left unturned and no snapped twig to be ignored. In many ways, this process reflects the novel as a whole. This is a `classic' which takes its time.
Those interested in a summary of the plot of `The Last of The Mohicans' will find such information easy to come by via a range of websites and scholarly studies. Suffice to say here that the action takes place in the mid-1700s - in what is now New York - at a time when the French and British were fighting for control over `The New World'. The book is of definite historical interest as Cooper recreates many of the key events of the struggle with real attention to detail, notably the fall of Fort William Henry and the massacre which followed. In its conclusion, `The Last of The Mohicans' also offers a poignant reflection upon this era in history in which the imperialistic ambitions of white Europeans dictated the fate of the Native American population.
However, to appreciate the incident and messages on offer requires real patience. Indeed, when considered amongst the broad range of `classic' novels, `The Last of The Mohicans' will be appreciated by those who revelled in the unabridged `Lorna Doone'. If, like me, you prefer the more immediate action-adventure of such tales as `Journey To The Centre Of The Earth', `King Solomon's Mines' or `The Prisoner of Zenda', `The Last of The Mohicans' might be best placed towards the bottom of you reading `to do' list.
Barty's Score: 6.5/10
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A total classic. Anyone who loves the outdoors will appreciate the subtleties. I bet Ray Mears has read it...Published 2 months ago by Ken Larkins