Contrary to what I have heard other people say about The Last of the Mohicans, this book is not a difficult read, nor is it dull. I found it to be a great balance of dialogue and narration. While it is different from what we, as modern readers, are used to, it is not so foreign as to make it unreadable. After reading a string of lame books, it was refreshing to read something that is actually intelligently written. As for the story--well, let me just say that at times I found myself reading with wide-eyes and my nose an inch from the page. It seriously had me at the edge of my seat, and that has never happened with any other book that I’ve read. (Spoiler to follow!!) At the scene towards the beginning of the book, where Duncan, Alice and Cora are about to be massacred by the Hurons, I literally squealed "Hawkeye!!" when our hero miraculously saved them at the nick of time. Now, that is the sign of a supremely written story!! (Hawkeye is now one of my favorite literary characters, and I totally know why the Hawkeye from M*A*S*H is named after him.) This book is a wonderful tale of early America, filled with vivid descriptions that make you feel that you are actually tramping across the wilderness with Hawkeye and his Indian friends.