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The Last of the Mohicans (original 1826; edition 2011)

by James Fenimore Cooper

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Title:The Last of the Mohicans
Authors:James Fenimore Cooper
Info:Simon & Brown (2011), Paperback, 508 pages
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The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper (1826)



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Difficult to adjust to the writing style? No doubt. Patience required even then? Yes. Nevertheless an artfully and skillfully accomplished novel? Absolutely.

This book is so descriptive and tedious in its setting because the merciless and rugged wilderness of N. American before colonisation and Europeans ultimately conquered it was in and of itself one of the primary characters in the novel, just as important as that of the Mohicans, their Indian foes, and the white settlers. While it's a work of fiction, in order to fully understand the tale, it forced me to educate myself on the history of the French-Indian War, most of which it appears I'd forgotten.

I'd recommend this book to those interested in the history of colonisation of N. American and certainly anyone interested in Native American culture and the clash between it and the white settlers. A beautiful piece of work. ( )
1 vote Misses_London | Apr 20, 2014 |
No date, but the Sandglass refers to the illustrator dying in 1970. One ABEBooks dealer says it was printed in the mid to late 1970s so I've listed it as 1977.
  SteveJohnson | Jan 31, 2014 |
The Last of the Mohicans
by James Fenimore Cooper
Published 1826
Pages: 416
Genre: Fiction, historical romance
My copy: kindle/☊, narrated by Larry McKeever.
Rating ★ ★ ★ 1/2

Story of the Seven Year War of 1757. Frontiersman, Hawkeye and his Native American friend Uncas, along with David Gamut, the singing teacher, and Major Duncan Heyward, the group's military leader set off to rescue the two Munro sisters who have been taken captive. This author is one of the first to include Native American's in his writing and he does a good job of respecting their culture. There is the suggestion of interracial marriage in the story which would have been quite controversial and maybe also was the reason for his popularity. I think his book might have been one of the very first to make this suggestion. While it is a historical novel and also a novel about a people, there are some inaccuracies. The author's prose is not easy to read. Audio made it better and McKeever had a fine voice but the quality of the audio was poor. I had an echo and also the transitions were quite obvious. Twain criticized Cooper as being a spendthrift as far as his use of words. ( )
  Kristelh | Nov 16, 2013 |
This is a difficult book to read. I only read it because I loved the moive "Lat of the Mohicans" with Daniel Day Lewis. The really interesting part is that some threads of the original are present in the movie. Some of the best lines in the movies are actually taken from the book. ( )
  bcrowl399 | Aug 15, 2013 |
The Year: 1757.
The Place: A vast, unspoiled wilderness that would now be called upstate New York.
The Book: Exciting in fits and starts, but generally a bit slow.

This book took me forever to read, not because it was especially long, but just because it dragged. Reading it shortly after Neal Stephenson's [b:Reamde|10552338|Reamde|Neal Stephenson|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1305993115s/10552338.jpg|15458989], which was so riveting that I was reading it late at night and sneaking a few pages during breaks at work, it's probably unfair to hold this early 19th century work to the same standard.

The action scenes were actually very well done - far better, in terms of pacing and description, than contemporary works such as the plodding [b:Frankenstein|18490|Frankenstein|Mary Shelley|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1311647465s/18490.jpg|4836639]. And many of the characters (the male ones, anyway) are fantastic: Magua is legitimately menacing, Hawkeye likable, and Duncan frustrating-yet-admirable. Unfortunately, the female characters are fainting, two-dimensional rescue bait, to the point that one of them spends literally half the book being physically carried around over the bad guy's shoulder.

In addition, this book definitely shares the downfall of a lot of early 19th century fiction, that of overly flowery, elegant, and inauthentic-sounding dialogue. Too often, conversations in the book come off like correspondence, as even these supposed "men of action," in the middle of stressful situations, trade long, eloquently composed aphorisms. As a 21st century reader who's been through a lot of Elmore Leonard and Stephen King, it's hard for me to swallow.

I don't regret reading this book, but in hindsight, I probably only finished it because of its historical significance; I would have quit reading a modern novel that bogged down so badly. ( )
1 vote benjamin.duffy | Jul 28, 2013 |
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… The book was first published in 1826, and conveys the prejudices of the time. This is primarily an adventure story written from a European viewpoint. The "dusky, savage" Huron kidnappers are the villains, and the Mohicans are stereotypically romanticized as courageous and stoic. However, even complimentary comments sometimes indicate underlying prejudice as when… scout Hawkeye observes to Chingachgook, "You are a just man for an Indian." The term "squaw" is used several times.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
James Fenimore Cooperprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Churchwell, SarahIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dean, Robertson.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guthrie, A. B., Jr.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hunt, RobertIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lehtonen, J. V.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKeever, LarryNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weideman, BillNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, Edward ArthurIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wyeth, N.C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The wild rush of action in this classic frontier adventure story has made The Last of the Mohicans the most popular of James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales. Deep in the forests of upper New York State, the brave woodsman Hawkeye (Natty Bumppo) and his loyal Mohican friends Chingachgook and Uncas become embroiled in the bloody battles of the French and Indian War. The abduction of the beautiful Munro sisters by hostile savages, the treachery of the renegade brave Magua, the ambush of innocent settlers, and the thrilling events that lead to the final tragic confrontation between rival war parties create an unforgettable, spine-tingling picture of life on the frontier. And as the idyllic wilderness gives way to the forces of civilization, the novel presents a moving portrayal of a vanishing race and the end of its way of life in the great American forests.

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A Mohican brave struggles to protect two English girls from an evil Huron during the French and Indian War in upstate New York.

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