The Deerslayer [NOOK Book]

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A restless white youth raised by Indians, Natty Bumppo is called Deerslayer for the daring that sets him apart from his peers. But he has yet to meet the test of human conflict. In a tale of violent action and superbly sustained suspense, the harsh realities of tribal warfare force him to kill his first foe, then face torture at the stake. Still yet another kind of initiation awaits him when he discovers not only the ruthlessness of "civilized" men, but also the special danger of a woman's will. His reckless ...
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The Deerslayer

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Overview

A restless white youth raised by Indians, Natty Bumppo is called Deerslayer for the daring that sets him apart from his peers. But he has yet to meet the test of human conflict. In a tale of violent action and superbly sustained suspense, the harsh realities of tribal warfare force him to kill his first foe, then face torture at the stake. Still yet another kind of initiation awaits him when he discovers not only the ruthlessness of "civilized" men, but also the special danger of a woman's will. His reckless spirit transformed into mature courage and moral certainty, the Deerslayer emerges to face life with nobility as pure and proud as the wilderness whose fierce beauty and freedom have claimed his heart.

Quotes from the book:

“God planted the seeds of all the trees," continued Hetty, after a moment's pause, "and you see to what a height and shade they have grown! So it is with the Bible. You may read a verse this year, and forget it, and it will come back to you a year hence, when you least expect to remember it.”

“We live in a world of transgressions and selfishness, and no pictures that represent us otherwise can be true; though happily for human nature, gleamings of that pure spirit in whose likeness man has been fashioned, are to be seen, relieving its deformities, and mitigating, if not excusing its crimes.”

“..that all-seeing eye which reads the heart, could not fail to discriminate between the living and the dead, and the gentle soul of the unfortunate girl was already far removed beyond the errors, or deceptions, of any human ritual.”

Readers' reviews:

“James Fenimore Cooper was the first great American novelist.” (A. B. Guthrie, goodreads.com)

“This is one of my all-time favorite novels. The author does a good job of developing the characters just enough to cause you to fall in love with them (or to hate them) but with enough mystery surrounding them to make them still seem like real people.” (Henry, goodreads.com)

”This book was pleasantly surprising. The characters, the plot, the writing; it all was very good. I loved Cooper’s descriptions of the untouched beauty of northern New York. It was well paced and held me in suspense and anticipation. It also is full of tender moments of interaction between the characters. (John, goodreads.com)
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149662623
  • Publisher: GoodBook
  • Publication date: 7/29/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,298,376
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

James Fenimore Cooper had a remarkably boring, wealthy existence. His parents were shrewd and ambitious, easily acquiring money and power. Thus he was exposed early on to the finer pleasures of life.

A rich line of ancestry connects the author to the land which was the focus of his most well-known novels. William Cooper, his father, who was to become one of the most successful founders of new settlements in the colonial republic, was descended from the English Quakers who had come to West Jersey around the year 168- and had prospered. In 1775 William married an heiress, Elizabeth Fenimore, undoubtedly of English descent. During the American Revolution and right after it ended, Cooper and a business partner bought up the rights to a barren, unproductive colonial grant of land on Otsego Lake in central New York. After a visit in the fall to survey the lonely, empty countryside, William opened up the sale of land early in 1786 and was so successful that many settlers came even before the snow had melted. After several years of traveling back and forth between his luxurious New Jersey home and the wilderness, Cooper decided to settle permanently in Cooperstown, the new village he had constructed on the southern shore of the lake. There is a tradition that at the last minute his wife refused to stir from her armchair, and he had to carry her out in it before the great wagon-train could start with its load of household goods, servants, and seven children. The youngest child on the journey was only fourteen months old when they arrived at Cooperstown in November 1790. He had been born in Burlington, New Jersey on September 15, 1789, and had been named simply James Cooper. (It was not until 1826 that as an act of family piety he was to add the "Fenimore" to his name.)

Cooper wrote many political articles for local papers. The money he had as a young man was not wasted, so he and his family remained well-off for his entire life. Cooper claimed that he still he had lived up to his artistic vision when he died in 1851, but as most lovers of the adventure story will agree, he came close enough.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Captivating

    Absolutely captivating

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2003

    Deerslayer: slow start, action packed ending

    A little slow getting past the first 150 pages, but the story starts to pick up from that point until about page 400. Then it is nonstop, can't-put-the-book-down excitement!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2002

    Awesome!

    Just finished reading it, and I loved it! i will say that it can be hard to understand at some times. I usually will day dream while I'm reading, but this book kept hold of me. I wouldn't recommend it for someone around 13 and under. I think it was great!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2002

    Um...snore?

    Is it just me, or did this book come out during the stoneage? I couldn't focus, the author was far too repetive, and, if you ask me, my grandmother is the only ofther person on the planet that uses that much detail. But, on a much nicer note, it was very neatly written, had a good plot that deserved at leat one star. Alas, this one got three.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2002

    Hawkeye's fist warpath

    I really enjoyed reading this book. In truth, it is long and can at times be monotonous and repetitive. However, this book is a good look at the virgin forest and the stout inhabitants that dwelt in its heart. There are some very good highlights, mainly towards the end, but there are sure some lulls and places where Deerslayer is too perfect and too talkative. Still, I was thoroughly satisfied with the book and the author, even though a joke or two about his style will surely pop into your head. I wish I could give Deerslayer five stars, but it isn't really as outstanding as other 5 star books. Overall, a good relaxing read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2001

    Deerslayer

    Good setting and plot but challenging to read. I would not recommend it to anyone younger that me.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Gwen

    Is here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Jaypaw

    Pads in. "Can I join?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Ashclaw

    *nods* Thanks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Shadowleap

    He padded in. "Hello. May i join?" He meowed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Join

    Frostclan we need warriors apprentices queens elders and med cat badly. Join at frost res one. We rp realisticly and try to rp constently. Sincerly, ~Froststar~

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Flamepelt

    Ok.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Frostfur

    Tries to make skystar feel better

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Whiteout

    You may join

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Whiteout bio

    Male mateless. Not really looking. No kits. Np crush. Loyal and strong and a skilled hunter. Warrior and proud of it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Radiohearts bio

    Hi. I am a tom named is radioheart. My eyes are bright red and my pelt is dark orange and light grey. I have no siblings. And no crushes or mates.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Radioheart

    Ok. Gtgtb.ttyt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Deathclaw

    Who use to be the leader here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    TawnyPaw

    *A slender auburn shecat with hazel eyes pads in* may l join?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    Lionsroar IMPORTANT

    Will you join us on a quest to destroy bloodclan if you do go to burn res3 we are attacking tonight.

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