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The Last of the Mohicans (Barnes & Noble Classics)

A book by James Fenimore Cooper.

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As Good As Any Action Movie

  • Jun 24, 2010
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.

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August 13, 2010
Dear londontown90, Lovely review! Stand by for my coming review of Cooper's MERCEDES OF CASTILE, or, THE VOYAGE TO CATHAY. The more I read JFC, the better he stands with me. One great theme is cross-racial or cross-cultural communication, including romantic love. You saw it in THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS with Cora and two Amerindians. In MERCEDES OF CASTILE, a young nobleman Luis de Bobadilla, voyaging with Columbus in 1492-3, saves a Haitian princess, Ozema, and takes her to Spain to present to Queen Isabella. He is fond of Ozema because she looks a lot like his beloved Mercedes de Valverde back in the Queen's court in Castile. During a great storm at sea, Luis gives Ozema a crucifix to prepare her for anticipated death. That cross had been a gift from Mercedes, a pledge of mutual undying love. Trouble is: naive Princess Ozema thinks she and Count Luis are married. This is hard news for Mercedes to take and even more difficult for Queen Isabella to disentangle. It is a bad omen for Spaniards trying to attract New Worlders to their own Christian religion. Keep on reading more and more James Fenimore Cooper. He has written at least half a dozen other books even better than THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS. Cordially, qigongbear/Patrick K
July 09, 2010
I haven't read the book, but the movie left me at the edge of my seat too! I told my husband that I don't watch bloody movies like that, but he convinced me it was really good and I had to agree. Thanks for the great review! :)
July 11, 2010
Haha, cool! I have yet to see the movie, but from your comments, it sounds pretty good! =D Thanks for reading my review!
July 13, 2010
Thanks for sharing! See the movie if you ever get a chance! :)
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ISBN-10: 1593083351
ISBN-13: 978-1593083359
Author: James Fenimore Cooper
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Classics
Date Published: October 21, 2004
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