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The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore…

The Last of the Mohicans (1826)

by James Fenimore Cooper

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Series: Leatherstocking Tales (2)

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This novel is set in 1757 during the Seven Years War when Britain and France battled for control of North America. It is very well written, with evocative descriptions of the landscape, and portrays the multi-faceted life of the various tribes of North American "Red Indians", depicting Native American characters in way in a way that no significant American had done before. There are, of course, still examples of the language of the time (published in 1826) that we wouldn't use today ("savages" vs. "civilised men"), but he portrays a rich variety of characters, including the central character, the young and heroic Uncas and his dignified father Chingachgook, and the villainous Magua; compared to these, the white European-American characters are much blander, particularly the sisters Cora and Alice, who are depicted as beautiful bland ciphers, as young female characters so often were in 19th century literature on both sides of the Atlantic. Between them is the figure of Hawkeye/Natty Bumppo, a white man raised by Delaware Indians, able to act as a bridge between the two cultures. The action of the novel revolves around the rescue of Cora and Alice from the clutches of the Hurons who have kidnapped them, and contains some impressive and violent set pieces, involving much scalping. There were passages where my interest waned, nevertheless this is deservedly an early classic of American literature. ( )
1 vote john257hopper | Mar 15, 2019 |
Set in the 18th century North America, The Last of the Mohicans is a look into the political, social and every day situation of French and British colonists and their relationships with the native tribes.

The daughters of a British commander suffer a mishap/betrayal while traveling to meet their father, but find unlikely help in the form of a rugged woodsman and his companions, the last of the Mohicans ... ( )
  matija2019 | Jan 8, 2019 |
I picked this up at the local library for $1, so I thought, what the heck. I typically don't choose to read early American literature, so this was about seeing how well someone who predated Hawthorne, Poe, and Melville did. Not terribly well, actually. I had some inkling ahead of time that this was going to be about as realistic as Walter Scott (I made it a little ways into Ivanhoe as a child and tossed it aside). It's actually not that bad for about the first half or so, despite some pretty unlikely events and behavior on both the part of the whites and the Indians But then, about 2/3 of the way through, it starts to be pretty preposterous. It's not without its merits, I guess, but ultimately at this stage of American letters, we don't have a lot to be proud of. Fortunately, that was about to change (Emerson, Whitman, etc.) ( )
  nog | Aug 9, 2018 |
I can't remember when I read this but it is a borderline "western" that I actually didn't hate, which is seriously saying something. This one provides an interesting perspective and I thought it was alright. I didn't love it and I wouldn't recommend it to just anyone, but it wasn't bad either. ( )
  justagirlwithabook | Aug 1, 2018 |
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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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Cooper, James FenimoreAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andriolli, Elviro MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burian, Z.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Churchwell, SarahIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dean, Robertson.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dunbar, John B.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guthrie, A. B., Jr.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hocker, OskarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hunt, RobertIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lehtonen, J. V.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKeever, LarryNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Brien, TimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Railton, StephenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sharp, Joseph HenryCover artistsecondary 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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