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The Last of the Mohicans

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful

I read a chapter, and almost put it back on the shelf. But if you can make past the first two chapters, you won't be disappointed. After the slow beginning, the pace never slackens, and the characters and plot are engaging and lively.

posted by Anonymous on June 14, 2006

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

I almost don't know what to make of this story. At times I hate

I almost don't know what to make of this story. At times I hated it but then there are other sections that I really loved. I enjoyed the character of Cora Munro and wish she said and did more in the book. I thought Cooper used way too much description when writing hi...
I almost don't know what to make of this story. At times I hated it but then there are other sections that I really loved. I enjoyed the character of Cora Munro and wish she said and did more in the book. I thought Cooper used way too much description when writing his scenes, and it distracted from the storyline. There are a lot of sections where he could have said the same thing in about half the time. The verbal assault he puts the reader through is annoying and it takes away from the actual plot. After reading the book I decided to watch the 1992 movie version, which surprisingly I enjoyed much more than the book. The movie isn't anything like the book, it has the same characters and the same overall plot, but other than that the movie has a totally different tone than the book did, and I think that's what appealed to my 21st Century brain. I'd recommend only if you want to broaden your knowledge of early American novelists and see just where American literature came from. If you're looking for pure entertainment, just watch the movie with Daniel Day Lewis.

posted by jenmurph21 on April 13, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2000

    A True American Classic

    The Last of the Mohicans is an outstanding novel, one of the best in American Literature. James Fennimore Cooper supurbly tells the story of the French Indian war with astonishing historical account. An excelent novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2000

    A great Story as well As movie

    Well, i first saw the trailer of the movie and thought of buying it and then when i saw it i thought of buying the story, a real classical that tells you alot of america prior to independence and of the hhuman relations that can be made among people in times where nothing but war seems to over whelm and eat up any other human feeling, a very nice laid story with a touch of romance , a fine work of art.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2000

    An Alltime Classic

    This is truly one of the classics of American literature. This one has a bit of everything: wilderness survival, action, warfare, rivalry, and romance. Cooper foresees the disappearance of the native american way of life in this book. He brushes this topic without preaching about it. The Last of the Mohicans is a novel and history lesson roled into one. It is more than anything a terrific story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 1999

    A story with something for everyone.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. While somewhat romanticized and arguably innacurate on some points, Cooper's descriptions of the Native American cultures that dominated the Northeastern U.S. and Southeastern Canada are illuminating. Also, through Natty Bumpo's eyes we gain insight into a part of our American heritage that has been relegated to little more than a paragraph in modern history books. All the while, we're treated to an action-adventure-romance story that is timeless and is at least the equal of any modern work. Finally, Cooper's social commentary on the worthy aspects of each of our disparate cultural underpinnings, their darker sides notwithstanding, can serve as a lesson to us all. I found this to be an entertaining, instructive and rivetting story, told by a storyteller of the first order who deserves his place as an Icon of American literature.

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