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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) Paperback – Illustrated, 22 Apr 1996
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In the first of these stories from the Catskill Mountains, a superstitious schoolmaster encounters a headless horseman; in the second, a man sleeps for twenty years, waking to a much-changed world.
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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.
Most people are uncomfortable with change as they grow older, and this story - the blurb calls it a ghost story - therefore is quite an unsettling one. This version is greatly helped by fine full-page illustrations, reminiscent of Dutch 17th century art (particularly the work of Pieter de Hooch and Gerrit Ter Borch) in browns, oranges and muted greens whose colour seems somehow to chime well with the oddness of the story.
Highly recommended as a storybook for parents and young children!
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