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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

by Washington Irving

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I read this classic every October. This year I listened to it on audio. I never, never tire of this story. My favorite part is the part where Irving describes the sumptuous farm/kingdom of Baltus Van Tassel, with increasing warm wit, through the ravening eyes of Ichabod. I think of it dearly as Van Tassel Estate Revisited, and always sympathize wholeheartedly with Ichabod's pinings after Old Money, New England style--oh, and Katrina too. ( )
  JMlibrarian | Mar 3, 2015 |
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a short story about superstitions schoolmaster Ichabod Crane, who lives in the New York countryside in the late 1700s. While the well-known, culminating horseback ride may be the high point of the story, I found the portrayal of life in rural, early America and Ichabod's somewhat comedic character to be just as enjoyable. ( )
1 vote jrissman | Jan 8, 2015 |
Already being familiar with the tale, there was nothing that was going to surprise me as far as the story goes. I was more interested in the quality of the writing and the author’s story telling ability. Unfortunately, although the writing is competent enough, the story is too long for its content. Basically, nothing happens until the last ten pages or so. The rest of the story is filler. It’s all backstory about Ichabod Crane, and although some of it was amusing, it was unnecessary to the story. There is basically enough content here to fill one episode of Twilight Zone.

Ichabod Crane is somewhat amusing as a character, but at the same time isn’t someone who I would root for. He’s a bit wimpy for my taste, so when he meets his demise at the Horeseman’s hands, it didn’t bother me all that much. The description of the Horseman was pretty good, but I would have preferred more graphic details of his encounter with Crane. In the end, I found the story to be a bit disappointing. Not that it was bad, it was just overwritten and didn’t meet my expectations.

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  Carl_Alves | Dec 21, 2014 |
Hmm... Not sure why this was such a hit. Other than giving me a longing for Fall back east, I don't get it. ( )
  linenandprint | Nov 22, 2014 |
Worth reading for historical value as "America's first ghost story." Find an illustrated version to read to the kids around Halloween time. ( )
  sturlington | Nov 5, 2014 |
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Washington Irvingprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fox, Austin McC.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grimly, GrisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heald, AnthonyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rackham, ArthurIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In the bosom of one of those spacious coves which indent the eastern shore of the Hudson, at the broad expansion of the river denominated by the ancient Dutch navigators the Tappan Zee, and where they always prudently shortened sail, and implored the protection of St. Nicholas when they crossed, there lies a small market town or rural port, which by some is called Greensburgh, but which is more generally and properly known by the name of Tarry Town.
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The chief part of the stories, however, turned upon the favorite specter of Sleepy Hollow, the Headless Horseman, who had been heard several times of late, patrolling the country; and, it was said, tethered his horse nightly among the graves in the churchyard. The story was immediately matched by a thrice marvelous adventure of Brom Bones, who made light of the Galloping Hessian as an arrant jockey. He affirmed that on returning one night from the neighboring village of Sing Sing, he had been overtaken by this midnight trooper; that he had offered to race with him for a bowl of punch, and should have won it too, for Daredevil beat the goblin horse all hollow, but just as they came to the church bridge, the Hessian bolted, and vanished in a flash of fire. All these tales, told in that drowsy undertone with which men talk in the dark, the countenances of the listeners only now and then receiving a casual gleam from the glare of a pipe, sank deep in the mind of Ichabod. . . .

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A superstitious schoolmaster, in love with a wealthy farmer's daughter, has a terrifying encounter with a headless horseman.

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