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The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper
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Jul 04, 12

bookshelves: classics, historical-fiction
Read from June 19 to July 03, 2012

After reading "The Last of the Mohicans," it was good to go back and pick up this chronologically-first novel in the Leatherstocking Tales. It follows the adventures of Hawkeye (called Deerslayer at this point) and Chingachgook on their first warpath, as they seek to win back Chingachgook's betrothed from the Hurons who kidnapped her and to protect a white trapper and his two daughters.

It takes about a quarter of the book for the plot to really pick up, but one comes to expect that with Cooper. Although "The Deerslayer" didn't tear my heart out the way "The Last of the Mohicans" did, it was still a splendid read and left me a little teary at the end - Cooper certainly knew how to tie his stories together, and then to tie those stories up.
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