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Cooper's famous adventure brings the wilds of the American frontier and the drama of the French-Indian war to vivid life. Featuring the classic character Natty Bumppo, it is a moving, memorable depiction of courage, passion, and forbearance, and a precursor to the Western genre....

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The Last of the Mohicans Reviews

  • Amanda
    2018-12-06 12:10

    If time travel were possible, I'd go back in time and assassinate James Fenimore Cooper before he ever put pen to paper (in this imaginary scenario, let it be known that I also possess mad ninja skills). Why do I hate Cooper so much? Let me count the ways:1) His never-ending description of every rock, twig, river, etc., with which the main characters come into contact. No pebble escapes his scrutiny, no leaf his lingering gaze. This book would have been 3 pages long without the description. And even then, it would have been 3 pages too long.2) Native American dialogue is limited to the occasional exclamation of "Hugh." Not Hugh as in Hefner, but something more like "huh." They're a quiet people, apparently. I'm shocked they don't greet each other by saying, "How."2 1/2) While we're on the subject, they're all stereotypes of either the noble savage variety or the "me big chief Ugh-a-Mug gotta have 'em squaw" variety. The whole thing is a racist piece of crap. And don't tell me that Cooper was reflecting the beliefs of the time because, while that may explain the racism, it doesn't explain away the crap bit. 3) Practically every speech by Hawk-eye will contain some bit of dialogue such as, "Even though white blood runs through my veins." Lest we forget he's white since he's been hobnobbing with the natives for so long. 4) Those damn women just keep getting kidnapped. 5) For an action story, it's mind-numbingly boring. To illustrate, I give you a riveting, action packed scene in which Duncan, the British officer, tries to distract le Renard Subtil (also known as Magua, also known as Wes Studi in the film) with a discussion of French etymology: 'Here is some confusion in names between us, le Renard,' said Duncan, hoping to provoke a discussion. 'Daim is the French for deer, and cerf for stag; elan is the true term, when one would speak of an elk.'Dash cunning of him, don't you think? It sure would have sucked if he had just attacked him with a knife, a gun, or even a rapier wit. Apparently Duncan's plan is to wear down his enemy with sheer boredom.6) Everyone is known by about three or four different names, because anything less would have been confusing. Right, Coop?7) Did I mention that it's just frickin' boring? I would rather slam my head in a car door than ever read this book again.The best part about the book is that there are entire sections in French. For once, lack of knowledge about a foreign language has paid off! I was practically giddy with excitement when I encountered entire pages of French dialogue as it meant, mon Dieu!, I got to skip the entire page.Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder

  • BillKerwin
    2018-11-23 13:58

    What can one say about Cooper? His historical imagination is profound, his creative use of the gothic landscape is uniquely American, and his influence on plot and characterization in American fiction--including, I recently discovered, South American fiction--is pervasive and extensive. Yet his diction is so often trite, his style so plodding and crabbed, his syntax so convoluted, that it is difficult to read more than a few pages of "The Last of the Mohicans" without throwing the book across the room in disgust.That's a pity, for Cooper helped shape an early and influential interpretation of American history--later adopted by the narrative historian (and formidable literary stylist) Francis Parkman--that combines an elegiac appreciation for a disappearing wilderness, a wilderness which helped to shape and define the American character, with a critical examination of how that character in its turn formed the emerging democratic state. He shows us how Protestant middle class English values are more suited to egalitarianism than the aristocrat instincts of the Catholic French, and embodies this egalitarianism and spirit of the wilderness in the character of the scout "Hawkeye." Hawkeye is an offshoot of Protestant New England, raised in the forest and purged of the petty theological distractions of Christianity (the "man without a cross"). He knows the secrets of the wilderness and appreciates Native Americans just as they are, acknowledging both their nobility and their savagery. He also understands the British soldiers and settlers, but, although he can move effortlessly between the two worlds, he is never completely comfortable in either. He lends his talents to others, but, remaining a solitary even in communion, he cuts his own path through the trees.There you have it : America's first Western hero, the father of such true-hearted stalwarts as dime novel Buffalo Bill and radio's The Lone Ranger, as well as the sire of such complicated incarnations as John Wayne's Ethan Edwards and Clint Eastwood's Will Munny. And let's not forget such bastard offspring as Cormac McCarthy's Judge Holden and Ishmael Reed's The Loop Garoo Kid.Quite a legacy indeed! If only his books weren't so badly written, his originality and vision would have earned him a place in the American pantheon right up there with Hawthorne and Poe.

  • Jason Koivu
    2018-12-03 18:14

    Very popular in its time, The Last of the Mohicans is a historical fiction written in the 1820s and set in the 1750s during the French and Indian War in which a small party of British colonists and their Indian guides journey through the upstate New York wilderness defending themselves from their French and Indian enemies. James Fenimore Cooper brought insight into the lives of the Native Americans in a way seldom seen at a time when the people of these many new world tribes were mostly reviled as hostile savages. Back when it was published The Last of the Mohicans must have seemed revolutionary. Were it tweaked into the non-fiction Cooper half seemed to be trying to write, perhaps it would've succeeded, if it's inaccuracies could've been shorn up, that is.But it is a fiction and today its formal prose does not go down easily for the modern reader. Archaic terms and phrasings aside, Cooper wrote like a grammar robot. He adheres to English language strictures like a foreigner, for instance, who speaks every single word, because he doesn't trust his grasp on contractions. His rigid style absolutely takes the joy out of what should be an exciting tale. And why use one word when five are available? Wordiness digs this poor book's grave ever deeper.The other big problem I had was Cooper's narrative style. Not only does he feel the need to explain away everything, he forces the explanation into the mouths of his characters at the most ridiculous of times. Soldiers and scouts constantly chatter away while tracking enemies or hiding from them. By the end it got so unbelievable that I found myself having sarcastic conversations with the characters...."Do you see that dastardly Huron spying on us there mayhaps two rods ahead in yonder verdant undergrowth?" asked Hawkeye."The one in the bushes thirty feet away that can probably hear us talking? Yeah," I replied before pausing to ask, "How is it you've survived this long?"Note: For many years now I'd heard bad things about this book and I'm not sure I would've read it, but then someone double-dog dared me. I of course scoffed at the mere double! However they then triple-dog dared me, the fiend!...Game on...GAME...ON...

  • Duane
    2018-11-21 20:02

    Cooper was a prolific writer with something like 40 novels to his credit, most written in the early 19th century. The Last of the Mohicans is his best known work and was popular in America as well as Europe. It's a frontier adventure story with a hint of romance to it, but Cooper's portrayal of Indians and women in the novel, considered shallow and inaccurate by todays readers, detract from it's image. My interest in the novel was from an historical viewpoint. It is based loosely on events that occurred during the French and Indian War, and provides an insight into the influence of the British and French occupation prior to the Revolutionary War. Cooper's writing style is somewhat laborious which has kept me from reading any of his other novels. I gave it 4 stars because of it's significance and position in the history of American Literature.

  • Lyn
    2018-11-17 13:00

    I was always a big fan of the 1992 Michael Mann film starring Daniel Day Lewis, and so I finally read the original. First of all, that movie is loosely based upon the book and it turns out Mann never even read the original but based his film on the 1936 film script. Cooper published the work in 1826 so there is that florid, adjective laden prose that reads like a thesaurus smeared with molasses. But for its time I can see how it was viewed as a masterpiece and can definitely see how so much literature since has been influenced by this story. Was Hawkeye the original American hero? Independent, resourceful, rugged and casually violent, he may have been the archetype for many literary characters and may have done much to influence American culture as well. The book is also graphically violent, several scenes could have been lifted from a Cormack McCarthy novel, but Cooper was probably portraying an accurate depiction of a rough time.

  • Kate
    2018-11-18 18:49

    Plot: 1. Hack your way through the forest. 2. Get ambushed by Mohicans. 3. Kill a bunch of Mohicans. 4. Hack your way through more forest. 5. There are those damn Mohicans again. 6. Kill a bunch more Mohicans. 7. start over at #1.Somebody explain to me how this ever got to be a classic.

  • Megan
    2018-12-14 19:53

    “Mislike me not, for my complexion, the sad owed livery of the burnished sun.” When you first open Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper this is one of the first things you read. This quote from Shakespeare seems to state that the book will not show the racist tendencies of the time, but display the different races in equal light. While writing a historical fiction, being a completely anti-racist novel is not possible but Cooper seems to state with his head note that the color of skin does not matter. Despite the surface level image of a heroic narrative of Native Americans, Cooper betrays an underline racist agenda, much like the opinions of his own protagonists, which comes through in relationship tension and through the inversion of the native tribes, which played into the racist propaganda of the times increasing tension. Last of the Mohicans is part of a series which tells the adventures of Hawkeye as the main protagonist. Hawkeye is a white male, who has in a sense, disowned his race and ancestors and lives in the wild with the Mohicans. Yet while Hawkeye seems to see his race in such a bad light to live out in the wild, he takes extreme pride in being a white male. “ “Iroquois, daren’t deny that I am genuine white,” the scout replied, surveying, with secret satisfaction, the faded color of his bony and sinewy hand” (23).* While his best friends are Native Americans, Hawkeye still acts as if he is above them, more evolved, because he is a white man. During racial arguments, Hawkeye always draws attention to his race, demonstrating that it is of such great importance to his personal identity and something of which others must be made aware of. Even though he has left the settled life of a white man he has not ultimately left behind the white man’s philosophy on Native Americans and those who are mixed race. “I am not a prejudiced man…” (23). This is always Hawkeye’s way to start a conversation. It is a method he uses to smooth over the conversation right before be goes into how he is genuine white and above them. No one ever comments on this or corrects Hawkeye of his ways showing that it is not something that he should be ashamed of or in any way wrong. “But neither the Mohicans, nor I, who am a white man without a cross, can explain the cry we heard” (59). I find it interesting that instead of saying we, Hawkeye uses the Mohicans and I. Again, “No Indian myself, but a man without a cross” (126). He makes a point to separate himself from them. He is a white man, not a Native American. Also he points out that not only is he white, but he is without a cross. Here I think it can be implied that it means that he is pure white, his bloodline has not been crossed with any other race. He uses this as a status of power, inserting himself carefully above the Native Americans and those of mixed race. Is this how Cooper then sees the hierarchy of people, that those with a pure white bloodline are above the rest? That they are better than everyone else? I believe in a way this is how Cooper feels, if not why would he write a whole series on Hawkeye, allowing him to spew his propaganda about how whites are above all the rest. It is then interesting to look at how Cooper displays characters that aren’t pure white. Cora the heroin of the story is actually of mixed race decadency, her father is white, and her mother was from the Caribbean. “You scorn to mingle the blood of the Heywards with one so degraded-lovely and virtuous though she be?” (161). When Heyward goes to Colonel Munro to ask one of his daughters hand in marriage Munro is shocked and calls Heyward racist for picking his daughter with fair skin instead of his eldest darker skinned daughter. Heyward’s embarrassment and shock come through but he realizes in a way that is why he doesn’t desire Cora, because of how he was raised to look down on those of mixed race. Yet Cora is ultimately the center of desire for two Native Americans, Uncas and Magua. Near the end of the book I would have guessed that the novel would end happily with Cora and Uncas remaining together despite the fact that Uncas is a Native American and Cora of mixed decadency. Ultimately, we see the collapse of every character in the love triangle however, love is not lost! Alice and Heyward having both survived the final battle are deeply in love. Their relationship is allowed to flourish and grow as they both take their experiences back to civilization, leaving the wild, savage forest behind. Cooper in allowing the relationship of Alice and Heyward to thrive while that of Uncas and Cora is doomed reveals his thoughts on mixed race relationships. Mixed race relationships or even that between a civilized person and a savage person are doomed to fail. They can’t happen or he may even mean to say that they shouldn’t be allowed to occur. Cooper even goes as far to say that even in heaven the lovers will not be together:“Say to these kind and gentle females, that a heartbroken and failing man returns them his thanks. Tell him, that the Being we all worship, under different names, will be mindful of their charity; and that the time shall not be distant when we may assemble around his throne without distinction of sex, or rank, or color.” The scout listened to the tremulous voice… “To tell them this,” he said, “would be to tell them that the snows come not in winter, or the sun shines fiercest when the trees are stripped of their leaves.” (360-61) From Hawkeye’s point of view, even in heaven there is apartheid, which means there is no way that the lovers will ever be happy together in heaven or on earth. This again is where the racism of Cooper’s time comes seeping through the pages of the novel. Mixed race relationships were greatly frowned upon, even considered illegal in that time. Copper while trying to display the book as anti-racist by making Uncas and Cora, both who aren’t white, his heroes, he underneath the main plot creates this racism that mirrors that of the 1820s. “And I tell you that he who is born a Mingo will die a Mingo” (31). Only a couple of chapters into the book and Cooper already shows his true colors about how he feels about the Native Americans. There is no redemption for them, they cannot move up the totem pole of class structure, they are born low-class Native Americans and will die that way. Cooper actually inverts the native tribes in the book from that in history. During the French and Indian War, the Mohicans was actually paired with the French, not the British, and the Iroquois were paired with the British. In historical context the Mohicans were actually the villains and the Iroquois the heroes but that is not the case in the book. So why did Cooper have this role reversal? While it may seem like an innocent difference it actually has very racial implications. When Cooper’s book was published was the time of Native American removal. During this time, the tribe that the country was trying to move was mainly the Iroquois tribe. Here is where we see the propaganda that Cooper displayed. He makes the Iroquois in the book the villain, which in turn causes people to be less sympathetic of their cause and makes people more likely to support the Native American removal. “The pale-faces are the masters of the earth, and the time of the redmen has not yet come again. My day has been too long. In the morning I saw the sons of Unamis happy and strong; and yet, before the night has come, have I lived to see the last warrior of the wise race of the Mohicans” (363-64). In the end the Native Americans left decide that it is time to move on, it is the white man’s turn to thrive. This is the solution Cooper paints to the Native American removal and shows his support to the cause. They should want to leave. They no longer have a key influence to the making of the world. The Native American tribes should just move on and do what the white man says for they no longer have a place in history. “Mislike me not for my complexion.” A bold statement that Cooper inserts on the front pages of the book yet tears apart as the reader dives deeper into the novel. The head note can be compared to Hawkeye stating, “I am not a prejudice man…” right before he says something racist. This is Cooper’s way to smooth over the racism that he displays in his novel. With Hawkeye as his main character in this series he can be thought of as having Cooper’s own thoughts on race, interracial relationships, and the Native American removal. Cooper allows the racism of the current time seep through as propaganda in the book and destroying any anti-racist plot that he tried to display in his novel.This review is actually a paper I am writing for class and in the editing stages :) UPDATE This was a paper for class and I got the grade back today and received a 3.8, one of the higher grades in the class!

  • Kirk
    2018-12-04 17:14

    I can still remember the edition of this that---somehow---I had in my room as a child. It was a hardback, dense type, the occasional woodcut, thin pages, tightly bound, and it smelled like it had been mouldering under somebody's bed since Martin Van Buren ass-ended to the presidency. Back then I couldn't for the life of me get past the first chapter. The syntax was so knotty (ie. Latinate) that I might have compared it to autoerotic asphyxiation if I'd known such a thing existed (autoeroticism, that is--not asphyxiation). In fact, I hope it doesn't expose my secret propensity for lace panties and Angora sweaters to say that at ten I much preferred Little Women. Yes, I loved Cooper's title bc I didn't know what the hell it meant, and I debated the pretension one might be susceptible to if made to tote the name 'Fenimore' through life. Decades later I can say that life for me boils down to a choice: some books you love because they are you writ in picas, and others you teach. This one falls into the later category.Personal bullshit aside, there's so much here that's so historically important that LaMo as well call it in my neighborhood call it by necessity becomes worthy of reading time. For starters, landscape. The book is capacious, to use one of Cooper's marble-mouthed words. It conveys the scopic magnitude of the New World. The prowess of setting is particularly important when you realize that by the 1820s---a mere fifty years after the country's founding---nature was already a touchstone of nostalgia and Cooper was depicting us as having milked dry the natural resources of this fresh green breast of the new world. Second, the Native Americans. You don't read Cooper for the verysmellytude of ethnicity. Go see Dances with Wolves for that. (Better yet A Man Called Horse). But you do see in the ridiculously wooden me-likum-you-pale-face cigar-store depiction of Chingachgook and Uncas a sincere desire to elevate the NA warrior, Greek epic style, into a symbol of Lost America---again, poignant given that the Trail of Tears was taking place in this same era. Cooper thus helps make the Vanishing Indian a personfication of American guilt, a spokesman for the jeremiad. Finally, chicks, man: in Cora and Alice, you have here the prototypes for the Dark Lady and Light Lady that will play their sista act out in American fiction all the way through Pierre and The Blithedale Romance on up to every bad Sarah Jessica Parker/Rachel McAdams romantic purported comedy not starring Matthew McConaughey. Why divide feminity into innocent blondes and dirty brunettes? To quote the title of my least favorite Pink CD, must be Mizzacegenation, the anxiety that ravenheads have to be born out of those dalliances on the dark side that even British generals are prone to when the colored girls go do-da-do, doo, doo, dootey-dootey-doo, doo, doo, doo, etc. It's a literary obligation in the 19th century bc Cooper and his peers knew, deep down, that nobody short of Edgar or Johnny Winter was truly white enough.Yes, at some point long about Book II, the formula of kidnap/rescue/ bring-a-tomahawk-to-a-gunfight gets tedious. And you are likely to throw the book across the room at the more silly assertions of Natty Bumppo and Chingy's ability to blend with the animals. The scene in which the latter, the father of the Mohicans' last, dresses up as a beaver (!!!!!!!!) to get the scoop on the alien tribe's war plans has to be the single hardest scene in American literature to teach without regressing to an eight year-old. It absolutely kills the seriousness of the book---at least until the glorious last chapter, when suddenly Cooper's marvelous ability to lament takes over, and you read a threnody for fallen America that ranks up there with the final paragraph of Gatsby. So, enjoy, but be prepared to chew through the fat of preposterousness to the gristle of import. None of Cooper's other books save The Pioneers can really touch this one in terms of melancholy. And the melancholy of loss is what makes it great.

  • Ghoulchick
    2018-12-06 18:12

    Man alive, I hated that book. Again, I procrastinated and tried to jam the whole book into one weekend, since I had an oral book review due on Monday for history or social studies or something. God, why can't I even remember the name of the class? My sister will know. It was in high school, junior year, and the teacher - who later became our mayor wtf! - was totally hot. Balding, tan, charismatic, awesome. Every summer, he'd mow his yard. Shirtless. Good god, y'all. And he had a daughter in my grade, so he was *totally* in the Old Enough To Be Your Dad zone, which was creepy and yet completely awesome when you're 16 or 17 and crushing like crazy on him, which half of everybody was. So anyway! Read this book as one of the required oral book reviews in his class, which was a before-or-after class thing, one-on-one, which made me want to crawl into a hole and die from nerves, since it was him. Totally great.None of this made the book any good. The movie was better. Go watch the movie. The book would spend like 25 pages on describing crap like what every freakin' stone and pebble looked like while going down a path omg zzzzzzzzzz. In conclusion: Book report with hot teacher which makes you think of that Lolita-y song by The Police? Awesome. Picking this book for it? Not so much.

  • Werner
    2018-12-03 18:18

    Note: I've just edited this review slightly to correct a chronological typo. When I read this book the first time, I was nine, not seven years old --I knew, when I wrote the first draft of this review, that I was in 4th grade the first time, so I don't know what I was thinking when I typed "seven!"This novel, set in northern New York in 1757 and involving wilderness adventure and combat during the French and Indian War, was my first introduction to Cooper; the dates given here were for the second reading, but the first was back when I was nine years old. (Newly transferred to parochial school, I stumbled on it in what passed for a school library: two shelves of donated books.) I didn't mind the style (I was a weird kid), and it actually had a lot to appeal to a boy reader: Indians, gunfights and knife fights on land and water, chases, captures, escapes, and the appeal of some actual history thrown in. It left me with a solid liking for Cooper, and interest in reading more by him (though I've only scratched the surface there).Like most early 19th-century authors, Cooper's popularity suffers with modern readers because of his diction; and the literary/critical set have been particularly hostile to him, starting with the Realist period with its root-and-branch condemnation of Romanticism and all its works. Mark Twain launched the attack with a hatchet job titled "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses" (see below), and in the next generation, Charles Neider's verdict was snide and disparaging. The probability that Twain was motivated by professional jealousy as much as anything else, and the fact that Neider was a Washington Irving partisan who saw Cooper as dangerous competition for the highest laurels, don't seem to have discouraged today's critics from taking their assessments as the last word in Cooper criticism; indeed, they pile on the added condemnation that he held incorrect political views, which, for today's critical clerisy, is enough to damn a writer to eternal literary-critical hell. (As a high-school student, I recall watching Clifton Fadiman, the favorite 16mm talking head of English classes of that day, sneering at this book as a "dead classic" --which, having actually read it, confirmed my opinion of Fadiman's critical incompetence. :-) ) Interestingly, that wasn't the view of Cooper's contemporaries; he was not only very popular with readers in the U.S., but was one of the few pre-1865 American writers to have a literary reputation abroad. Balzac was a fan, going so far as to say of him that "had his characterizations been sharper, he would have been the master novelist of us all." He continued to earn high praise even from several serious literary pundits in Twain's day (and that worthy's flip assertion that none of these men had actually read Cooper is a fair sample of Twain's substitution of ridicule and sarcasm for reasonable discussion).My own assessment of Cooper, and of this work in particular, isn't uncritical. There's no denying that his prose style, even by the standards of his day, is particularly dense, wordy and florid. This is especially notable in much of his dialogue. Even granting that in 1757 upper and middle-class speech tended to be more formal than ours, it's difficult to imagine anyone speaking in as orotund a manner as most of the characters here, especially in some of these contexts. (In fairness to Cooper, though, it's not true that none of his characters have speaking patterns that are distinct and reasonably reflect who they are; and David Gamut, the character with, IMO, the most ridiculously fulsome speech, is to a degree intended as comic relief.) His plotting doesn't hold up as well to a read by a 59-year-old as by a seven-year-old kid; some of the character's decisions are foolhardy, and there are plot points that strike me as improbable (though not the ones that Twain cites). While I don't necessarily mind authorial intrusion in the narrative, he uses it here a bit too much. And this edition could also have benefited from the inclusion of a map.For all that, though, the positives for me outweighed the negatives. He delivers an adventure yarn that's pretty well-paced, absorbing and suspenseful. The characters are clearly-drawn, distinct, realistic, round, and complex, and evoke real reader reactions. Actual history is incorporated into the narrative in a seamless way. The portrayal of Indians and Indian culture, while not the treatment of them as blandly homogenized, gentle New Agers that modern monolithic "multiculturalism" would prescribe, is basically a realistic one that derived partly from first-hand contacts, and more knowledgeable than most white literary treatments would have been. While he sometimes refers to them as "savages," --and it's fair to note that they are people who, in real life, at times DID torture captives and kill noncombatants-- he doesn't demonize them or make them out to be stupid, unfeeling brutes. Like whites, individuals can be villains, like Magua, but other individuals can be very good; title character Uncas is portrayed as an admirable embodiment of masculine virtues, and the author actually contrasts Indian culture with Anglo-European culture to the disadvantage of the latter in several places.Critics of Romantic school action-adventure fiction tend to deny that it has any serious messages (partly because they don't want to see messages they don't like, or recognize serious thought in a despised source), but they're present here nevertheless, and related to the above. Moral qualities such as courage, honor, loyalty, kindness and self-sacrifice, generosity, and love for family and friends are both praised and presented by favorable example, while the opposite qualities are disparaged. And there's a serious call to the reader to discard prejudiced ways of looking at people of other races/cultures. It's no accident that Uncas, an Indian depicted at a time when many people despised Indians, is the title character and real hero of the book, and that Cora, the strongest female character and Cooper's clear favorite, is also the one with some Negro descent on her mother's side. (In this respect, the racial attitudes here, IMO, show an advance in enlightenment on the part of the maturing Cooper that isn't evident in earlier works like The Spy and The Pioneers, the two other Cooper novels I've read.) There's even a hint that for Cooper, the idea of interracial romance isn't a complete taboo, though the presentation is subtle. True, Hawkeye, who obviously carries some emotional baggage from being disparaged by other whites for his Indian associations, stresses his un-crossed bloodlines with no Indian "taint," and won't consider the idea of intermarriage (though his bond with his Indian friends is subversive of his culturally-conditioned racism). But to automatically assume, as some readers do, that Hawkeye must always speak for Cooper is, I think, a mistake. He is who he is, warts and all, and that includes being opinionated and fallible (it's not likely, for instance, that his disdain for books and literacy was shared by an author who was a professional writer!). Cooper was a strong Christian, and this book has several naturally-integrated references to religious faith and prayer, as well as a couple of short discussions of religious belief. The type of Christian belief Cooper finds congenial comes across as one that's not doctrinally dogmatic and narrow (as opposed to Gamut's Calvinism), and not judgmental in consigning others to hellfire and damnation. (When Hawkeye refuses to translate Colonel Munro's statement, "Tell them, that the Being we all worship, under different names, will be mindful of their charity; and that the time shall not be distant when we may assemble around his throne without distinction of sex, rank, or color," this reader perceived Munro, not Hawkeye, as speaking for the author!)A major factor in my rating was the ending. (view spoiler)[At the climax, the two most positive characters in the book are killed. This accords with the Romantic penchant for tragedy, which I don't share as strongly; I much prefer happy endings. But the ending here, while I didn't like it, does seem to have an inherently fated quality that grows naturally out of the arc of the story. (hide spoiler)] At the same time, the last chapter is one of the most emotionally rich, evocative passages in American letters; on re-reading it, I raised my rating by a star.Since Twain based most of his attacks on Cooper on The Deerslayer (which I want to read eventually), it seems better to respond to his essay in detail whenever I review that book. But where he makes general or specific criticisms that apply to this book, it's appropriate to mention those here. First, as to Cooper overusing the device of a twig breaking and alerting someone to movement, on this reading I looked particularly for that. It occurs once, in a 423-page book. Second, Twain does NOT establish that it's impossible, in a fog, to backtrack the trail of a spent cannonball that, by his own admission, would skip and roll over damp ground, leaving marks; he establishes that it would be quite difficult --in other words, the sort of thing heroes or heroines in action fiction often do, where less capable characters wouldn't be able to. And third, if it's an iron-clad law of nature that every mark in the bottom of a running stream is more or less instantly totally erased by the current, we're at a loss to account for fossilized impressions of such marks that endured until they turned to rock. In practice, it makes a great deal of difference how deep the mark is, how mallable the bottom is, how fast the current is moving, and how much time elapsed since the mark was made. Cooper isn't the one being unobservant on that point.Reading this book was a cool trip down memory lane; it was amazing how much detail, and often how much exact wording, I remembered! It's definitely re-whetted my appetite to read more of his work (one of these years!). Of course, there are a lot of physical to-read piles in my office to be hacked through, or at least reduced, first....

  • Tim
    2018-12-05 14:14

    I first read this book when I was a boy, and decided to re-read it to see how it held up. The answer: very well.In fact, I'd say that this book is a "must-read" for any American. Despite the fact that it's in no-way an accurate depiction of native American culture, it's a great reminder of what our landscape was like when our country was young. (If you're from California, Two Years Before the Mast performs a similar function.) Written in 1826, it was already 75 years past the events depicted in the story, but upstate New York was still in places very wild. Reading this book, I had a keen sense of what America was once like to the Europeans who were working so hard to turn the wilderness into the kind of world with which they were familiar. Also fascinating is the book's struggle with racism. Hawkeye keeps referring to himself as being "without a cross." I thought he was referring to some kind of non-Christian deism until late in the book, when I realized it was his way of saying he was of "pure" white blood, despite living with and like the Indians. In this way, the book reminded me a bit of Trollope's Can You Forgive Her, a book that still has the sensibilities of its time, but is struggling to transcend them. As Trollope could see that there was a way of thinking about the rights of women that he couldn't quite support, Cooper sees that there is something special in the ways of the native American, even as he condescends to it.Yes, the characters are cartoons (apart from Hawkeye, who has a strong "through line"), the plot is sentimental, and the view of native American culture is stereotypical, but there's still a lot here. After all, the point of a book like this isn't its realism, but its ability to mirror the mindset of a time, as experienced by the author and his readers. There is enormous value in a chronicle like this precisely because it shows the prejudices and attitudes and knowledge of its day.The writing is far better than in The Deerslayer, which I also re-read recently, even though the Deerslayer was written 25 years later (though the events in it take place earlier.) In places, the writing is quite lovely. It's a paean to the glories of early America.This is also a great, though understated, love story, a story of a love that cannot be accepted by white society. But most of all, this book is a reminder of the tragedy of America's settlement, that in building our "new world", we destroyed the old world we came to. The image of Chingachgook, last of his tribe, is poignant and powerful. Every American should remember, feel sorrow, and responsibility to make something good to replace what we destroyed.

  • Jason
    2018-12-03 15:57

    I really wanted to enjoy this book.You ever do that? Pick up a book and assume it begins with 3 stars, hoping to move skyward.I was looking forward to the crisp narrative of Colonial Realism, something like a Ben Franklin writing about mercantilism.My college roommate loved the Leatherstocking Tales, and I was rewarded following his recommendations before, so I put them on the shelf to read 20 years later.317 pages.I looked at my mom over Thanksgiving with such an expression that she asked “what?” I told her halfway through the book, ‘it sucks.’But I finish books, goshdarn. Even 1-star books. And in those last pages I captured my favorite sentence in the book:”Here and there a bird was heard fluttering among the branches of the beeches, and occasionally a squirrel dropped a nut, drawing the startled looks of the party for a moment to the place; but the instant the casual interruption ceased, the passing air was heard murmuring above their heads, along that verdant and undulating surface of forest which spread itself unbroken, unless by stream or lake, over such a vast region of country.” (p. 305)So at least there’s that.Or my second most favorite sentence:”The party was, however, scarcely uncovered before a volley from a dozen rifles was heard in their rear; and a Delaware, leaping high into the air like a wounded deer, fell at his whole length perfectly dead.” (p. 308)I didn’t understand who the characters were throughout the entire book. There was no description to sink your teeth into. Maybe I should have started with the first of five Leatherstocking Tales instead of book 4. But I don’t think it would have mattered.Some Indian tribes helped the French; others helped the English; they all fought each other. 2 young women were captured, and a chase materialized. There.J. Fenimore Cooper is lauded as our first great American novelist. In that spirit, we are taught in middle school to revere his writing. Which is a mistake. He was merely the first to popularize Indian-speak, paleface.I’m not the only one. Look how Mark Twain excoriates and rips apart Cooper’s writing here. Mr Twain, that’s exactly how I feel about it.Cloying romanticism.Unnecessary qualifiers.Blind alleys. Sentences that could be removed—should be removed—to make a better flow.I like Henry James and Wilkie Collins and Theodore Drieser. They have long sentences too, but no dead wood.I also like that very few of my friends have read this book so that I can 1) not be called-to-the-carpet and 2) hopefully save you from this novel.Just know when he lived, what he wrote, and spend more time reading the Federalist Papers.I’m in a bad mood. Probably because of this book. The review stands, take it or leave it.

  • Kelly ...
    2018-11-22 16:11

    DNF.I found this book to be dull drudgery. I couldn't get into the story at all.

  • Leo .
    2018-11-15 14:50

    This book gets five stars from me. The mysteries of the Americas and the Invasion of European settlers. These lands have been raped and scorched by Europe. The Spanish were first; allegedly, on behest of the Vatican of course. Anyhow I think the great Daniel Day Lewis won a Bafta for a reason in the movie adaption of The Last Of The Mohicans. It was a fantastic story. 👍🐯

  • Marquise
    2018-11-22 20:00

    Despite the often dense and twirly prose, I enjoyed this novel immensely! It helped that I read this out of genuine interest, not forced by educators, nor pushed down my throat by anyone, which bode well for my enjoyment of the story for the story's sake. And it was good!At first, I was tempted to review this with a comparison to the famous 1992 film inspired by this book, which was my introduction to the story, but it'd be a long breakdown of what the film got wrong and why (the changes to Duncan Heyward and the Cora/Uncas romance are the biggest sins of the adaptation...!), which defeats the purpose of a book review. Suffice to say that I'm glad it's very different. Personally, I like the original story much more, as the details are richer, despite the writing. There were gratifying surprises as well, particularly how subtle the feelings between the Mohican and the British are. Other surprises weren't as much, like Nathaniel, whom I'd expected to be different, and younger. Oh, and that my copy had illustrations by N. C. Wyeth, one of my favourite artists, was wonderful! A very nice accompaniment.

  • Jason Reeser
    2018-11-18 13:48

    I read this in seventh grade (many years ago) and it was the first full length 'classic' novel I had ever read. I just fell in love with this kind of writing. I have seen so many complaints about Cooper, but this lead me to start reading Dickens and many others Victorian writers. LOTM is great adventure stuff. And it has the most fantastic hero long before the world had ever heard of James Bond. Hawkeye (a.k.a Leatherstocking, The Pathfinder, The Deerslayer, etc.) is the smoothest, coolest, best shooting, wisest, funniest, and toughest hero I can ever remember. I just loved him. In fact, knowing that he finally dies in the book The Prarie, I still won't read that book. I suppose I'll have to wait until the winter of my life to read that. I just hate to see him get so old and die.One last comment. The only character to 'outcool' Hawkeye is his companion, Chingachgook. There is an added mysteriousness to him that makes him the ultimate special forces fighter, and this was long before ninjas became the rage.

  • Carol Storm
    2018-11-16 15:50

    It's the American IVANHOE!It's easy to laugh at LAST OF THE MOHICANS if you've been raised on books like ROUGHING IT or HUCKLEBERRY FINN by Mark Twain, or even LONESOME DOVE by Larry McMurtry. Modern readers expect brutal realism, graphic violence, natural-sounding dialogue, and raw, authentic emotions in novels about the frontier. But what makes LAST OF THE MOHICANS interesting is when you grasp what James Fenimore Cooper was actually trying to do. He wasn't trying to capture what life on the 18th century frontier was really like. He was trying to write a novel that could compete with what everyone thought of as the great literature of the day -- the historical romances of Sir Walter Scott. Judged on those terms, LAST OF THE MOHICANS isn't really that bad. Just like IVANHOE, LAST OF THE MOHICANS takes two beautiful, refined young ladies and puts them into every kind of jeopardy and terror against a backdrop of wars and massacres. Fair, gentle Alice and dark, brave, passionate Cora are obviously based on Rowena and Rebecca, respectively. Cooper heightens the drama by making them sisters, and threatening them both with equal danger. Just like IVANHOE, LAST OF THE MOHICANS uses real historical conflicts as a background to drama. Instead of the conflict between Normans and Saxons -- which is happily resolved by creation of a new English national identity -- Cooper focuses on the conflict between the Native Americans and the encroaching settlers. This does not end happily. But what's interesting is that Cooper (much more than more celebrated American icons like Mark Twain) actually feels the tragedy and the loss. The "villain" in this novel, Magua, is conceived as a tragic hero, like Shylock in Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE. Using Shakespeare as an inspiration for his more menacing characters is a trick that Cooper learned from Sir Walter Scott. So is using personal tragedy as a symbol for larger historical trends. When you read this book, it's not hard to guess that the dark-eyed, racially mixed Cora is destined for a tragic fate, while bland, blue-eyed Alice is guaranteed a happy ever after. But what stays with you long after the book is over is the haunting sense that Cooper isn't really happy about the ending he had to write.

  • Eli
    2018-11-21 17:14

    I went into Last of the Mohicans knowing that it was by no means an accurate depiction of either the Native cultures or history that occupied so much of the tale. I approached the novel as an entire fabrication, and if anyone else elects to read this book, I strongly urge the same attitude. As to the story itself, I'm torn. Hiding in these pages is a truly great adventure, but the greatness - and sometimes the story itself - is obfuscated by the author's heavy-handed use of language. I sincerely believe that this story would only profit by trimming away the excessively verbose detritus inflicted on it by the author. Ultimately, you could do worse for yourself than Last of the Mohicans if you feel the urge to read a classic, but you could definitely do better as well. I don't consider the time I spent in the pages of this book a total waste, but neither could I say it was enjoyable wading through all the linguistic chaff to extract what pleasure I did take from it.

  • Josh Kotoff
    2018-11-24 19:48

    Well, let me say this...very tough book to read. The author is a genius and use so much adjectives and descriptiveness. I mean, for instance, the Author spends a page and a half describing the sunset and its glory compared to their peril. Awesome book to read and is way different from the movie. A must read for hardcore readers.

  • Ints
    2018-12-06 14:18

    Ja kāds ir bērnību pavadījis Zentas Ērgles pionieru grāmatā, viņš zinās, ka mohikāņi kotējas augstu. Es šo grāmatu esmu lasījis, taču neko par to daudz neatcerējos. Galvenos tēlus jā, bet notikumus nē.Izrādās - tam ir pamatots iemesls, un tam nav nekāda sakara ar manu švako atmiņu. Kā rakstīts grāmatas anotācijā: “Ievērojamā amerikāņu rakstnieka indiāņu eposa trešais romāns, kurā tēloti iemīļotā varoņa Nati Bumpo teku zinātāja un mednieka jaunība un 1757. gada karš starp Angliju un Franciju par Amerikas teritorijām.” Melots te nav; tā tiešām ir, bet nekā vairāk.Mūsdienās šo autoru sauktu par grafomānu un viņa blogu lasītu tikai divi radījumi - viņš pats un viņa suns. Bet laikos, kad viņš sasniedz slavas zenītu, tautas masām dikti patika vienkārši un tieši stāsti. Galvenais daudz piedzīvojumu, baltā cilvēka pārākums, kāda asiņaina ainiņa nodevība un gatavs dižpārdoklis. Mūsdienās nekas daudz jau nav mainījies, taču rakstniekam ir jāiespringst, lai izlīstu cauri izdevniecību filtriem.Ja esi kritis uz dabas aprakstiem, tad šī grāmata tev noteikti ies pie dūšas. Brīžos, kad galvenie varoņi dodas ceļā, neapskatīts nepaliks neviens krūms, neviens nolauzts žagars nepaslīdēs garām autora vērīgajai acij. Pat nodevīgo mingu-hūroņu-irokēzu varzas uzbrukums netraucēs autoru aprakstīt kāda ozola labo noaugumu un zaru tiekšanos pret debesīm. Ja no grāmatas izmestu dabas apskatus, tā samazinātos vismaz par septiņdesmit procentiem. Bet tad lasītājs paliktu neziņā par miglas vāliem virs upes vai putnu dziesmām, kas skan mālos aplūkojot indiāņa pēdas! Vai autors ir labs dabas aprakstītājs, nē, viņš nezina mēru. Ļaunas mēles pat melš, ka ar botāniku ar’ viss neesot kārtībā. Par bioloģiju - pat es pamanīju viņa bebru ciema aprakstā, rodas iespaids, ka Kanādas pierobežā tiem tur ir bijusi vesela civilizācija.Galvenais varonis Vanagacs, saukts arī par Zvērkāvi, Nati Bumpo, Ādas zeķi un Briežu nāvi (to gan lieto tikai padebīlie mingi-hūroņi-irokēzi (reizēm arī oneidi), kuriem nedalec, ka tā sauc viņa plinti). Uzaudzis kopā ar delavaru indiāņiem (tie paši mohikāņi), ir uzticams karalienes pavalstnieks. No bērnu dienas klaiņojis par mežiem, garš slikto indiāņu hitlists. Sarunu uzsāk ar vārdiem: “Es kā baltais cilvēks...” Labprāt iesaistās visās avantūrās, nav precējies un diez vai arī būs. Vienmēr būs gatavs apšaut sliktos indiāņus. Nav iedomājams bez saviem uzticamajamiem pavadoņiem – pēdējiem mohikāņiem Čingačguku un Unkasu. Mīl daudz runāt, un dabā nemaz nav tik trāpīgs šāvējs kā visi viņu liela.Brīžos, kad plinte neder, talkā nāks komandosi Čingačguks un viņa dēls Unkass. Vīri praktiski nerunā, ja vien tie nav poētiski stāstījumi par aizgājušiem laikiem. Čingačguks labprāt tur muti un slapstās ap ugunskuru. Unkass ir karstasinīgāks par tēvu un labprāt izmanto sevi par lielgabalu gaļu, mesties pārdrošā uzbrukumā ir viņa vājība. Reizēm tas izdodas, reizēm - ne visai. Dialogi ar šo brašuļu iesaisti parasti skan kā: “HA!”. Nedomājiet, ka viņi ir knāpšļi, arī viņiem ir vismaz četras iesaukas - spalvainā čūska - viena no tām.Heivarts, Saukts arī par Dankenu un Majoru ir karavīrs. Jēgas no viņa nav nekādas, tikai mīlestība. Viņš ir nelaimīgi iemīlējies sava priekšnieka meitā. Māk šaut, bet krūmos īsts nepraša. Izskatās, ka britu karaspēkā tolaik kalpoja garīgi nepilnīgi cilvēki, bet norakstīsim visu uz jaunā cilvēka kaislību. Puisis tā grib precēties, ka vairs nevar turēt. Rada vairāk problēmu nekā Vanagacs var izstrēbt, bet tas netraucē viņiem būt draugiem. Kora un Alise agrāk pieminētās ģenerāļa meitas. Katrai ir sava pagātne, Kora ir nedaudz pietuvināta realitātei un tādēļ laiku pa laikam uzvedas adekvāti. Alise, nu ar Alisi ir pavisam švaki, viņa lielākoties izklausās kā nedaudz salietojusies, un sasparojas tikai īpaši dramatiskos brīžos. Šie skuķi tiek nolaupīti un atbrīvoti, lai tos atkal nolaupītu. Nudien nesprotu Dankenu-Majoru-Heivartu, ka tas tik nevīžīgi izturas pret savu iemīļoto, ka ļauj to nolaupīt visu laiku.Galvenais laupītājs Magva, viņš arī Viltīgā lapsa ir visu mungu mings, cilvēku ar tik melnu sirdi nav iespējams atrast; ar savu viltu viņš ir zem sevis sapulcējis mingu-hūroņu-irokēzu brandžu, lai ar frančiem kopā skalpētu angļus. Un tad viņš uz vientuļas meža takas sastop Koru. Puisim aizkrīt širmis, un viņš ir gatavs uz visu, lai dabūtu sev otro sievu. Lieki piebilst, ka potenciālā otrā sieva nav sajūsmā. Viņam ies grūti reizēm, viņš vajās, reizēm viņu vajās. Tomēr pat šim autoram reizēm gadās apskaidrības mirkļi, un paskatoties uz savu psalmu dziedātāju Gamutu, sauktu arī par Dāvidu, pat viņš saprot, ka ir radīts tāds velna padēklis un plānprātiņš, ka to aiz cildeniem vārdiem nenoslēps, tādēļ šim puisim atvēlēta ciema idiota loma.Kad lasītājs beidzot ir izbūries cauri katra no varoņu četriem vārdiem, iepazinis indiāņu cilšu sinonīmus un vairs nebīstas no tā, ka katrā rindkopā šķietami parādās jauni tēli un jaunas ciltis, tad arī grāmata beidzas. Atliek vien noelsties indiāniskā manierē “Ha!”, aizvērt vākus un pēc pāris gadiem atkal prātot, par ko tad īsti ir šajā grāmatā? Tā kā ar šo grāmatu man nav saistītas nekādas bērnības atmiņas, jo tādam ūdenim grūti noturēties atmiņā, lieku 3 no 10 ballēm.

  • Jackie
    2018-11-23 19:51

    The Last of the Mohicans takes place in 1757 during the French and Indian War. The British and the French North American colonies were fighting each other, and each had their respective Native American allies supporting them. Traveling through New York, through the wilderness, basically unprotected… doesn’t really sound like a fun idea, but that’s exactly where the story takes off. The two sisters Cora and Alice are supposed to travel to Fort Henry, where their father (Colonel Munro) is in command. The sisters are accompanied by Heyward and, later on, the singing master David. At first, the Huron Magua guides them, or pretends to do so. On their way, they meet a scout called Hawkeye and the two last surviving Mohicans, Chingachgook and his son Uncas. The two Mohicans immediately doubt Magua’s sincerity, and it turns out that their intuition proofs right – Magua is not the helpful Native American he pretended to be… Well, the whole book evolves from here. There are fights and flights, deaths of main characters, beautiful landscapes… some suspense – although Cora and Alice arrive at Fort Henry, they’re abducted shortly afterwards – and of course some love story. The whole story sounds awesome!It isn’t. In my opinion, the story presents itself in a rather dull way, and I can’t even pin down any good reason as to why I dislike Cooper’s writing style. I’m glad to have read the classic, but, to be honest, I’m happy to move on to some more interesting reading… Hugh!(Review June 11, 2016)--------------------(Update June 19, 2016: 1992 movie)The Last of the Mohicans, 1992, directed by Michael Mann, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Jodhi May, Russell Means and Madeleine StoweThe movie plot is rather different from the book. Well, some things correspond, of course, but lots of other things don't. Hawk-Eye, for example, is taken prisoner by the English, there is no bear scene, some key events concerning Alice and Cora are turned around, and so on. Plus, Heyward is incredibly unlikable, and David doesn't even make an appearance. I'm sure these things would have bothered me if I'd have liked the book better. As it is, however, I enjoyed the movie a lot, and definitely a whole lot more than the book. The actors are awesome, the music is great (the Oscar is well earned), the sceneries are beautiful, and the plot is as good as in the book, although somewhat different.--------------------(Note July 17, 2016)Today, I've discovered - quite by chance - that James Fenimore Cooper has lived in Berne (Switzerland). His Bernese home is in my neighborhood (rather exciting!) and looks like that (the building is still standing):Ok, I didn't really enjoy the one book I've read written by him. And ok, he's only lived here for three months (July-October 1828). Still really cool!

  • Maida
    2018-12-06 13:57

    One of the rare instances when the movie is SO much better than the book.*2.75/5 stars*

  • Laura
    2018-12-04 12:03

    The movie is much better than the book, no doubt about that.The illustrated version is available for free download at Gutenberg ProjectIllustrated by N.C. Wyeth"Mislike me not for my complexion,The shadowed livery of the burnished sun."NEW YORKCHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS1933Copyright, 1919, by Charles Scribner's SonsPage 26: UNCAS SLAYS A DEERAvoiding the horns of the infuriated animal, Uncasdarted to his side, and passed his knife across the throatPage 66:THE BATTLE AT GLENS FALLSEach of the combatants threw all his energies into thateffort, and the result was, that both tottered on thebrink of the precipicePage 114:THE FIGHT IN THE FORESTThe battle was now entirely terminated, with the exceptionof the protracted struggle between Le Renard Subtil andLe Gros SerpentPage 166:THE MEETING OF THE GENERALSAs soon as this slight salutation had passed, Montcalmmoved towards them with a quick but graceful step,baring his head to the veteran, and dropping his spotlessplume nearly to the earth in courtesyPage 214:THE FLIGHT ACROSS THE LAKEThe scout having ascertained that the Mohicans weresufficient of themselves to maintain the requisite distance,deliberately laid aside his paddle, and raisedthe fatal riflePage 250:THE TERMAGANTThrowing back her light vestment, she stretched forthher long skinny arm, in derisionPage 268:THE MASQUERADERThe grim head fell on one side, and in its place appearedthe honest, sturdy countenance of the scoutPage 278:THE LOVERSHeyward and Alice took their way together towards thedistant village of the Delawarespage 320:THE SUPPLICANTCora had cast herself to her knees; and, with hands clenchedin each other and pressed upon her bosom, she remained likea beauteous and breathing model of her sex

  • Slayermel
    2018-11-27 18:55

    This story was amazing but hard to read, mostly because I found the author tended to be a bit wordy and overly descriptive when it came to the surroundings. I would tune out and think about other things then have to re-read the page I just spaced out over.The story itself was full of action and very interesting characters. The author also included a lot of history, which I really enjoyed. I found the native cultures fascinating especially Uncas and his father who where Mohicans and how they interacted with the Huron's. The friendship between Hawkeye and the Mohicans was also quite touching. Parts of the book are quite violent, I think the author really captured the brutality of war. I had seen the movie when I was younger, and am glad I have read the book. It seems they have changed a lot from the book when making the movie, to the point where there are very few similarities left. I prefer the book much more."The Last of the Mohicans" is one of five books which is part of the "Leatherstocking Tales" Series.

  • Jim
    2018-11-22 12:56

    I thought I would like this old favorite a lot more than I did. I don't think this one made the transition from the 19th century to the 21st century very well at all. The book is about twice as long as it needs to be, thanks to wandering and bewildering dialogue. The story itself is unlikely; Cooper would have us believe that the Hurons were extremely lenient with their prisoners, letting them wander about unraped and untortured and permitting them to be rescued time and again. If you want a book on torture, pass this one by and pick up something on Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo Bay.I know the book has long been considered a classic, and Mr. Cooper shows a talent for descriptive prose, but I don't think it suits the modern reader very well at all. Maybe I'm jaded from over-exposure to explicit media, but this is one of the very few times you will see me declare that the movie was an improvement on the book.

  • Aoibhínn
    2018-11-27 14:50

    3.5 StarsThe novel was entertaining and enjoyable but I found it took real patience to get though, especially at the beginning. I found the amount of descriptions of the setting and scenery was over-done, it was extremely infuriating after a while but I managed to stick with it. The second half of the book was a lot better than the first - the pace of the novel speeds up, there's a lot more action. I really enjoyed the novel once I got passed the halfway mark. This novel may be hard-going, but it's worth reading. You will need to take some time over it and persevere with the first half, but when you finish the novel you'll feel it was worth it. Note: You'll need a dictionary or the internet to hand to translate the French dialogue, but this doesn't occur much.

  • Ivie ✩Born to Magic-Forced to Muggle✩
    2018-11-13 13:17

    This is one of my fave books from my childhood. I must have read it over fifty times in two different languages.I stumbled on an edition that doesn't have the stupid ass film poster as it's cover and got it for my collection.The book is so damned good, the film was so damned bad. Where the Native culture was a prominent factor in one, the whitewash Hollywood made it all about cheesy romance crap.The thing is - i still very much remember being excited about the movie getting released. With all honesty this may as well count for my very first full on Hollywood disappointment. Shame they only multiplied throughout the years...

  • Julie
    2018-11-20 14:50

    While not the first, this is certainly the most well-known of the five Leatherstocking Tales written byJames Fenimore Cooper. Having seen the movie, I thought I would give the book a try. In addition, living in the Finger Lakes area made this book that much more interesting, because I could easily visualize the landscape behind Cooper's story. I really, really liked the characters. Prior to reading the book I had no idea that Hawkeye and Natty Bumppo were the same person... and it's still a little hard for me to accept due to the movie image - somehow Daniel Day Lewis doesn't really fit that name. :) Still, the "man without a cross" kept things interesting and added a sort of swashbuckling element to the story. All the characters are well-written - Uncas and Chingachcook, Magua, Alice, Cora, Heyward, and even Munro. It did take a while to get into this book, but it was enough to make me want to read the other four.The biggest shock for me was that the ending is almost the complete opposite to the film, in regards to life, death and relationships. Basically, they just did whatever they wanted with the film story, threw in the names of the major characters, and slapped the book's title on their creation. I still appreciate the movie as being entertaining, but the two really don't have much to do with each other.I am looking forward to reading the other four books, especiallyThe Pathfinder, some of which takes place at Fort Oswego and Fort Ontario. I went to college at Oswego, and toured Fort Ontario, which is still standing (although it's been rebuilt a few times since then).

  • Sherrie
    2018-11-27 14:57

    one of my all time favorite books. this is adventure and excitement set to coopers lyrical descriptions. loved it.

  • Andrei Tamaş
    2018-12-05 15:00

    Ultimul mohican este un roman istoric foarte ușor de parcurs și foarte ușor de înțeles. Acțiunea se petrece după Războiul de 7 ani, când Anglia și Franța luptau pentru supremație în "Lumea nouă"...