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The Last of the Mohicans

(The Leatherstocking Tales #2)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  93,726 ratings  ·  2,746 reviews
The wild rush of action in this classic frontier adventure story has made The Last of the Mohicans the most popular of James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales. Deep in the forests of upper New York State, the brave woodsman Hawkeye (Natty Bumppo) and his loyal Mohican friends Chingachgook and Uncas become embroiled in the bloody battles of the French and Indian War. ...more
Paperback, 410 pages
Published June 1st 1982 by Bantam Classics (first published February 1826)
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Rex This book is a masterpiece. The story is not boring. A person who declares such a work as this one as boring simply was not ready to read it. I found …moreThis book is a masterpiece. The story is not boring. A person who declares such a work as this one as boring simply was not ready to read it. I found Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn boring the first time I read it, but I kept an open mind. I was not yet in high school. Before I was 18 I'd read it four times and enjoyed it more each time. I'm not saying this reader (who said Mohicans was borning) would find the same to be true, but you DO need to take a different approach to some books than for others. Modern readers are used to a completely different language. You delve into the classics and you better be ready for a challenge. But the reward will be great. Give yourself time. A certain maturity must be achieved, as both a reader and a person, to appreciate a great work like Mohicans.(less)
Anushtup Haldar No, The Last of the Mohicans is a self-sufficient book. You don't really need to read #1. And it's a very good book, full of action and adventure. …moreNo, The Last of the Mohicans is a self-sufficient book. You don't really need to read #1. And it's a very good book, full of action and adventure. (less)

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Aug 02, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People I Hate
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
Bill Kerwin
Mar 12, 2013 rated it liked it

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 th
Jul 18, 2011 rated it liked it
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 lite
``Laurie Henderson
Have you ever wondered what life was like during the American frontier era of the early 1800's, before civilization encroached upon its wildness and beauty? If so, you might consider reading this first book in Cooper's "Leatherstocking Tales."

Cooper's account was realistic and informative as he had a first hand knowledge of that time and place.
His life would be be lived on the edge of civilization in the American frontier town of Cooperstown, New York, founded by his father.

I'm not going to say
Jason Koivu
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
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 ...more
Oct 09, 2007 rated it did not like it
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.
This is another famous book that most people only seem to know through the movie version. While the movie was quite good-the book is truly a wonder. First a little bit of real history-during 1755, in the middle of the French-Indian Wars, Sir William Johnson decided to build a Fort in the New York province. The Fort (it's still there and worth visiting) was built to control the important inland waterway from New York City to Montreal, and occupied a key forward location on the frontier between Ne ...more
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I protest! I protest because I was led to believe that this tale is a true one (that’s of course what my heated imagination wanted to tell after plunging myself head along in it). I protest because the author chose this unfortunate word in the title ‘the last…’! I protest that I have been completely seduced by this remarkable historical narrative. I protest that I protest!

I am wondering if this makes me be a redskin, considering this outrageous exhibition of protest! I think I am. I just don’t
Mar 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of 19th-century literature
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 secon
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: iah-207, school
“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 ...more
Jul 03, 2007 rated it did not like it
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 g ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, classic
A long time ago I had chanced upon the movie adaptation of this novel on TV. I could not watch it then as I had to do something. But, the name stuck in my mind for some reason. Later I learnt that the movie was based on a book and added it to my TBR.

The Last of the Mohicans is the second book in The Leatherstocking Tales Series, but can be read as a standalone novel.

The story is set in the backdrop of the wars between the British and the French colonialists in North America during the 1700s. Th
Jan 18, 2009 rated it liked it
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, ...more
Now, Last of the Mohicans was a book I was SO excited to read. I love love love the Michael Mann film with Daniel Day-Lewis and thought if the book is half as good as the film then it will still be a great read.

Let me say this now, it was not half as good. Not even a tenth as good. It was a slog and not an enjoyable one.

“History, like love, is so apt to surround her heroes with an atmosphere of imaginary brightness.”

The Last of the Mohicans was written by James Fenimore Cooper in 1826, and is
Oct 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Leo .
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. 👍🐯
Jason Reeser
Dec 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, 1001-books, classics

I found this book to be dull drudgery. I couldn't get into the story at all.
Carol Storm
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 1
J.K. Grice
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This was a book I nearly quit on. However, just after half way through, the story gets very exciting. I know it's a classic, but Mr. Cooper can be difficult to read. He uses the words LATTER and FORMER like they're going out of style. I'm very glad I made it through the tedious stuff and really enjoyed the second half. ...more
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 Dunc
Czarny Pies
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Americans looking for their founding myths
Recommended to Czarny by: Canon Groulx
Before Iraq, before VietNam, before WWI and before WWII, before the Civil War and even before the War of Independence, there were the French and Indian Wars. This novel is about the first major war in the History of United States. All Americans were Englishmen, the French were the enemies and the Indians tried to figure out who to side with. When it was over the English won, the French lost and the Mohicans were exterminated.

This novel tells us that much as there is great nobility in the America
Josh Kotoff
May 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sleeping with Ghosts
Well, what can I said? I guess everyone watched the movie, it's a great action movie from 1992, directed by the genius Michael Mann, with some love scenes and an amazing BSO (Vangelis made it once again!)👏. Reference: Trevor Jones. (Labyrinth).
An American classic as well. 🇺🇸
Fenimore describes the Mohicans tribu, the Sisters (the valiant Cora & Alice), the explorer, the Hurons, La Longue Carabine (Hawkeye), Heyward, Munro (the father's girl), the evil Mangua (Le Renard Subtil), Duncan and our Las
Mar 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
One of the rare instances when the movie is SO much better than the book.

*2.75/5 stars*
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 boo ...more
Emma Rose
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I had a little bit of a hard time getting into this book...but once I did, I really enjoyed it! 😊 It was hard to read many times, with what was happening in their lives...but I'm glad I got through it and look forward to reading more of Cooper's! ...more
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James Fenimore Cooper was a popular and prolific American writer. He is best known for his historical novel The Last of the Mohicans, one of the Leatherstocking Tales stories, and he also wrote political fiction, maritime fiction, travelogues, and essays on the American politics of the time. His daughter Susan Fenimore Cooper was also a writer.

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