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The Pathfinder (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)
     

The Pathfinder (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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by James Fenimore Cooper
 

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In The Pathfinder, James Fenimore Cooper tells a thrilling tale of naval adventure, rival love, and wilderness experience that captures the rough-and-tumble life on the shores of Lake Ontario during the French and Indian War. Cooper is the foremost author of historical romance in American literature, and The Pathfinder remains one of the finest

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In The Pathfinder, James Fenimore Cooper tells a thrilling tale of naval adventure, rival love, and wilderness experience that captures the rough-and-tumble life on the shores of Lake Ontario during the French and Indian War. Cooper is the foremost author of historical romance in American literature, and The Pathfinder remains one of the finest examples of the genre. The Pathfinder stands alone as an example of Cooper's unique ability to depict how the combination of tenderness and violence brings order to the American frontier.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760773390
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
09/16/2005
Series:
Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

The creator of two genres that became staples of American literature — the sea romance and the frontier adventure — James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) was born in New Jersey, raised in the wilderness of New York, and spent five years at sea before embarking on his successful writing career. Among Cooper’s many novels, his best-known books are the five "Leatherstocking" tales — including The Deerslayer and The Last of the Mohicans — each featuring the fictional hero Natty Bumppo.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 15, 1789
Date of Death:
September 14, 1851
Place of Birth:
Burlington, New Jersey
Place of Death:
Cooperstown, New York
Education:
Yale University (expelled in 1805)

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The pathfinder: or, The inland sea 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thematically, James Fenimore Cooper's 1840 novel THE PATHFINDER is a many-splendored thing. It is cross- cultural: Amerindians interact with French and British, both soldiers straight from Europe and home-grown colonials. The book is also historical: about the French and Indian Wars that determined which Europe-based nations would temporarily rule the North American continent. The yarn is also about sailing, especially the differences between sailing on oceans and sailing on that 'inland sea' which is Lake Ontario. *** Nathaniel 'Natty' Bumppo, hero of the five-volume LEATHERSTOCKING TALES, is in his later 30s. His assigned vocation, his 'gift' in his own jargon, is to be a loner, a kind of diaphragm that reacts when white Colonial lungs breathe hotly, deeply and destructively across his beloved wildernesses. *** Like Aeneas with Dido of Carthage, our hero is briefly turned aside from his Providence-assigned vocation by love of a good woman. The only woman the Pathfinder ever hopelessly, conventionally and strongly falls in love with is beautiful young Mabel Dunham, daughter of the sergeant major of the 55th British regiment. That group of soldiers was orginally recruited in Scotland, though it is now fleshed out by colonials. The imports complain about New World food, e.g. incomparable Lake Oswego bass and pine for their oatmeal cakes, as does even their commander, the Highland Laird Major Alexander Duncan of Lundie. Lundie is an historically real character. As the novel says he did, he lived in a fur-lined portable house on wheels within Fort Ontario. *** There is something primeval about Natty. He is a sort of Adam living in paradise before the Fall 'Ch. IX'. God did not mind Adam falling in love with Eve. But He had other plans for Natty Bumppo than to become a conventional husband and father. Natty found his own thoughts unprecedentedly too full of Mabel, too willing to neglect his scouting to be around her. She would reluctantly have married him only because her dying father wanted her to. But once Natty grasped that Mabel really loved the daring young lake captain Jasper Western, the Pathfinder accepted his fate. Like all creatures he had his gifts, restless celibacy being one of several. *** Something of what THE PATHFINDER is about comes out in Natty's remark to Jasper: 'I have come to the opinion, boy, that, as Providence rules all things, no gift is bestowed without some wise and reasonable end. If Injins are of no use, Injins would not have been created. ... even the Mingo tribes were produced for some rational and proper purpose, though I confess it surpasses my means to say what it is' 'p.77 Ch. VI'. *** This is a slow moving, reflective tale. It is not for children or even impatient university students if they are not English majors. But for mature adults who have known love and its loss, read on! -OOO-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
unreadable.full of typos.don't waste your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deathberries....... whispers a ghostly voice. (>:0
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Lept on carcasses neck and dug his teeth in
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