Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Prairie (Leatherstocking Tales, #5)” as Want to Read:
The Prairie (Leatherstocking Tales, #5)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Read Book* *Different edition

The Prairie (The Leatherstocking Tales #5)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  1,296 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
The Prairie: A Tale (1827) is a novel by James Fenimore Cooper, the 3rd novel written by him featuring Natty Bumppo. His fictitious frontier hero Bumppo is never called by his name, but is instead referred to as "the trapper" or "the old man." Chronologically The Prairie is the 5th & final installment of the Leatherstocking Tales, tho it was published before The Pathfi ...more
Hardcover, 566 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by State University of New York Press (first published 1825)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Prairie, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Prairie

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Fabian
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Analyze the shit outta any of these classics & you're bound to discover the golden nugget that someone somewhere once found and classified as such. Not the case with this, the last of the Leatherstocking tales. It's not for modern readers. At all.

Campfire philosophy is perhaps the least interesting aspect of this tale (the opposite case of, say, the superlative "Lonesome Dove") which is about 200 years old… & by setting all players on leveled, even ground (Shakespeare’s plays are often q
...more
Werner
Apr 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of 19th-century literature, or of historical fiction
Taking place in the then trackless expanses of the Louisiana Purchase territory, somewhere about 500 miles west of the Mississippi, in 1805, this novel is actually set in Cooper's own lifetime, as was The Pioneers. (In 1805, the author would have been in his teens.) I've classified it, somewhat loosely and inaccurately, as "historical fiction" in order to keep the series together on my shelves. At the opening of the book, series protagonist Natty Bumpo is now 87 years old, frailer and less keen ...more
Neil
Oct 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have now read the entire Leatherstocking Tales and regret to say that I rank The Prairie next to last on the good book scale for that series. ( The Pathfinder scored lowest for me, but I will give it another chance and read it again because I really didn’t pay much attention to it the first time. ) My disappointment with The Prairie lay in the plot itself, not the message. Cooper unabashedly criticized western expansion at a time when the nation believed it had a divine right to displace the o ...more
Richard Thompson
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
The only other one of the Leatherstocking Tales that I have read is Last of the Mohicans, which is much more famous than The Prairie, but to my mind not nearly as good. I found the old Natty Bumppo to be a more believable and interesting character than his younger self. He is the same wise man with a deep knowledge of nature and life on the frontier, but here we see him with his faculties weakened by age and deeply aware of his own mortality. As an older man he is less willing to fight both beca ...more
Sarah C
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I take it Fenimore was not so familiar with this landscape as his descriptions of the prairie, to me, didn't convince. Natty, now a very old man, is the fittest 80/90 year old man in existence. Still, it was a good story and for me quite emotional at the end as our hero has become "my friend" over all the five books of the leather-stocking series. Very corny in places and sometimes predictable but I shall miss reading about his adventures. I have really enjoyed this series of books, at times the ...more
vhatos
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Останній роман серії. Вже дуже старий Натаніель Бампо допомагає поселенцям у складних ситуаціях...
AnonymousReaderPerson
Nov 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
This is one of those books that I thought would make me a more sophisticated reader, tackling something that my English teachers probably fawned over while the rest of the class rolled their eyes and couldn't wait for the bell. I've read classics that I've enjoyed, but this is not one of them. Did people seriously ever talk like this in the United States of America?

The story is at least twice as long as it needs to be, and I'll be honest...Unless I wanted to re-read every sentence five times in
...more
Robin
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I actually might have rated this a 3.75 if you could give quarter stars.

I didn't think this book was as bad as some of the others in this Leather Stocking Series. Usually Natty goes off on tangents about Faith, Race and other things, but I found him somewhat subdued in this book. He does go off on how he's an old man, a Chritian and not so educated but again, it's quite mild in comparison to some of the other books.

I found it interesting and exciting here and there too. So almost 4 starts just n
...more
Inese Okonova
Pēc sarakstīšanas gada šī ir trešā no piecām grāmatām par Netiju Bumpo, pazīstamu arī kā Takuzini, Vanagaci, Ādzeķi un droši vien vēl kaut kā. Sižetiski šis ir noslēgums viņa dēkām, kas beidzas ar sirmā klejotāja nāvi jau ļoti cienījamā vecumā, un ar šo darbu arī es beidzot esmu sēriju pabeigusi.
Godīgi sakot, šis, manuprāt, ir vājākais ķēdes posms, kas noteikti nepatiks spraigu sižetu alkstošajiem, bet arī citādi neizceļas (kā piemēram, "Pionieri", kas patika ar savu rietumu iekarotāju sadzīves
...more
Gena Lott
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
The first book I read by Cooper and I certainly took things out of order. It took a while for me to get into Cooper's stride. But the book is deep and rich, though parts are haunting. I must read some of his other books. I consider his work some that any "well read" person should have purused!
Andre LeMagne
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Of all the Leatherstocking Tales, I found this one particularly compelling. The protagonist is no longer young and vigorous; he is in the final years of his life, yet his intrepid spirit and level head remain in play.
Chip Hunter
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the third in the five-volume series known as The Leatherstocking Tales. Here we catch up with Natty Bumppo (known here simply as 'the trapper') 10 years after the close of The Pioneers, as the end of his life approaches. He's left behind civilization of any kind, and seems to just want to be left alone, to live out his final days in peace and harmony. Not so fast, though, Bumppo! Along comes the family if Ishmael Bush, among whose troubles the trapper quickly gets entangled. From rescuin ...more
Trebor
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
This read took me a while because I had to constantly go back and reread many paragraphs over to fully understand what was occurring. The content was written in a very flowery and archaic form of prose, which was at times difficult, for me, to comprehend the complete picture. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the plot and the characters though completely predictable. If written in a more modern style at least half the book would have been unneeded. I am a western and historical romantic at heart and so en ...more
শালেকুল পলাশ
কাহিনীর শুরু হয় ইসমাইল বুশকে দিয়ে। যে কিনা পরেইরীতে থাকার জনয একটা জায়গার খোজ করছে। আপাত দৃষটিতে তার উদদেশয শুভ লাগলেও কিছুটা গোলমাল আছে ভিতরে। তাদের ওয়াগনের ভিতরে কোন একজনকে লুকিয়ে রাখা হয়েছে। আরো ভাল করে বললে বলা যায় তাকে বনদী করে রাখা হয়েছে। ইসমাইল বুশের ভাই অযাবিরাম বুশ। তরুণ কযাপটেন মিডলটন এর সতরী সে। সতরীর খোজে পিছু নেয় তাদের মিডিলটন। এদিকে ওয়াগন আকরমন করে সিওকস। একই সাথে উদয় হল সিওকস দের শতরু পনী। কি ঘটবে আসলে ভাগযে লোক গুলোর?

পাঠ পরতিকরিয়াঃ দি লেদার সটকিং টেল সিরিজের ৫ নামবার বই। আগের গুল
...more
klagan
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adventure
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Cynthia
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I always kind of put off reading these books (as I work my way through the ginormous collection I have in one huge heavy volume). I don't even know why. Because once I start I am absolutely captivated and can't wait to get back to it. This one is rather bittersweet because the hero is old and weary of endlessly fleeing the encroach of civilization and the destruction of the forests he loved so, but it is a rollicking good adventure tale and everyone - Indians, settlers, squatters etc. - are port ...more
Tex-49
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un tuffo nel passato, rileggendo questo libro della mia fanciullezza!!!
Il voto non è alto perché questa edizione della Prateria è fatta per ragazzi, quindi la traduzione ha tagliato molte parti descrittive e non strettamente necessarie al racconto dei fatti, ed anche il linguaggio è molto semplicistico (dopo aver letto il libro ho confrontato la traduzione con quella di Ira Rubini in una copia digitale in mio possesso (il numero delle pagine di quest'ultima, in effetti, è poco meno del doppio!)
Ronald Chevalier
Feb 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Read years ago in college. I really like to character of Natty Bumppo, but Cooper’s writing is so ploddingly descriptive and pedantic that paper cutting myself to death would be a more enjoyable experience than reading page after page of description of minuscule objects. Mark Twain was a harsh critic of Cooper’s penchant for over indulging in descriptive details. It like death by description.
Laura
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not really my genre, but a good dose of American literature once in a while is healthy. I decided to read this instead of Last of the Mohicans because I knew that film so well...''twas a bit unsettling to learn how much of the film was complete fabrication. And yet, I like the film better than the real story, alas.
Aaron Crofut
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I loved this entire series. The story was interesting, the characters believable, the morals important, in particular that of people in general and their particular natures. Natty Buumpo is a wonderful character; his end brings the stirring of emotions that only a good book can provide.
Eva Lucia
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Also posted on Eva Lucias blog

The Prairie is the fifth story in the Leatherstocking Tales but can be read individually. It focuses on the Native Americans and presents many sensuous descriptions of the landscape and the different conflicts which take place during the novel’s plot.

Furthermore, it shows the difference of British literature and American literature at this time (1820s-1840s). Whereas the British literary tradition had existed longer, the American literary scene was not as establishe
...more
Shari
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I promised myself I would read all the Leatherstocking tales. Arghh!

THE PIONEERS was quite good and I got excited and got the other four books about Natty Bumppo. They were deadly. Yes, I know they are 'classics.' James Fenimore Cooper is supposed to be one of our national literary lights. I have read many other 'old' authors, both American and European, those writers who have 'stood the test of time' and whose works have endured. For the life of me, I have no idea why Cooper is part of this gro
...more
Mark Oppenlander
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Bill Wallace
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
The Pioneers is a novel of ideas, but The Prairie is closer to the roots of the American Western in its romantic form. I prefer the earlier book but there is a lot to like here too, some of it perhaps outside the author's intentions. Certainly Cooper had no notion how condescending his view of his Noble Savages would appear to a reader almost two centuries later, though to his credit, most of Cooper's characters, red-skinned or palefaced, are multi-dimensional. Even the novel's antagonists, Ishm ...more
Ross
Jul 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book is simply awful. It was written in the 1820's about the far west of which the author knew nothing. Of course he was writing for an audience that also knew nothing of the far west.
The book starts with the characters camped on the west bank of the Missouri River and the next day they reach the Rocky Mountains pulling their wagon by hand. The quality of the prose is childish and the story line is absurd.
This book came out shortly after "The Last of the Mohicans" which I read as a child 6
...more
Carol
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
People must have been desparate for entertainment in 1827 when this was published. Yup.....sitting by the fire, no TV, no radio, no movies, just James Fenimore Cooper and his Leatherstocking Tales. I really had my doubts as to whether I was going to get through this book.

The language he uses is so off-putting. It's as though he needs to show how educated he is by using 50-cent words when 10-cent words will do just fine. The first half of the book was really painful to get through. About the midd
...more
Jim Kisela
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This 1830 novel reads reasonably well today, and in fact, is quite contemporary in its reflection on how civilization is changing the landscape (and not for the better), and how the settlers disrespected and mistreated the original native inhabitants.

I kept stopping myself and asking: "When was this written, because the language and issues are so pertinent".

The use of the word "parachute" really surprised me because I thought of it as a modern word, in relation to airplanes and flying. I wasn't
...more
Trounin
В очередной книге Купера об индейцах прерия становится новой декорацией для происходящих событий. Не так важно, о чём будет сюжет, поскольку он мало отличается от аналогичных ему других произведений автора. Вновь читателя ждут высокопарные слова, романтически настроенные герои, индейские размолвки и бесконечная мудрость людей, осознающих крушение одного мира в угоду процветания другого. Каждый герой увлечён своим собственным делом, а их встреча друг с другом — удачное/неудачное стечение обстояте ...more
Erik
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Story is ok, but it's really boring. Even when something happens, it's written in a way that most modern readers are going to find completely uninteresting.
Aaron Cance
If one can read books promiscuously, as I was reassured in graduate school that one could, I read all five of the books in this series like a complete whore, giving myself entirely over to the story - loved all five. A word of caution, however: They were written in a different order than the chronology of the narrative. Imagine my disappointment at the Deerslayer's death at the end of the third book out of five.

The order that the author produced them:

The Pioneers
Last of the Mohicans
The Prairie
T
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • New Orleans Sketches
  • Kenilworth
  • The Sea-Wolf and Selected Stories
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea / The Mysterious Island / Journey to the Centre of the Earth / Around the World in Eighty Days
  • Kidnapped and Catriona
  • Humorous Stories and Sketches
  • Osceola the Seminole: The Red Fawn of the Flower Land
  • The History of Pendennis: His Fortunes And Misfortunes, His Friends And His Greatest Enemy
  • France and England in North America, Vol. 1: Pioneers of France in the New World / The Jesuits in North America in the Seventeenth Century / La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West / The Old Regime in Canada
  • American Notes For General Circulation
  • Pride's Castle
  • Winnetou III: Winnetou Gugur
  • The Country Doctor
  • The Last of Cheri
  • Бегущая по волнам
  • The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains
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.

Series:
* The Leatherstocking Tales
* The Littlepage Man
...more
More about James Fenimore Cooper

Other books in the series

The Leatherstocking Tales (5 books)
  • The Deerslayer (The Leatherstocking Tales, #1)
  • The Last of the Mohicans (The Leatherstocking Tales #2)
  • The Pathfinder (Leatherstocking Tales, #3)
  • The Pioneers (Leatherstocking Tales, #4)

Fiction Deals

  • Echoes of Family
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Checking Out
    $4.99 $1.99
  • This Is the Story of You
    $13.99 $1.99
  • Outlaw
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Transit
    $9.99 $3.99
  • Class Mom
    $13.99 $2.99
  • Drawing Lessons
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Revolution 2020
    $3.99 $0.99
  • A General Theory of Oblivion
    $13.99 $1.99
  • The Bloom Girls
    $3.99 $1.99
  • So B. It
    $6.74 $1.99
  • Island Beneath the Sea
    $10.49 $1.99
  • Petersburg
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Life is What You Make It: A Story of Love, Hope and How Determination Can Overcome Even Destiny
    $1.99 $0.99
  • As Good as True
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Last Telegram
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Spinning Heart: A Novel
    $11.99 $1.99
  • The Ocean Liner
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Every Day Is Mother's Day
    $7.99 $2.99
  • Breakdown: A Love Story
    $3.99 $0.99
  • The House Girl
    $8.24 $1.99
  • The Shepherdess of Siena
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Man Who Could Be King
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Wildflowers (Glenbrooke, #8)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • A Mother's Secret (Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Chasing Rainbows: A Novel
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Vagrants
    $11.99 $1.99
  • The Perfect Son
    $4.49 $1.99
  • The Winnowing Season (Amish Vines and Orchards, #2)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Feathered Bone
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties
    $3.99 $1.99
  • A Reunion Of Ghosts
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Crooked Little Lies
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Our Own Country (The Midwife, #2)
    $5.49 $1.99
  • The Women in the Castle
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Kat and Meg Conquer the World
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Hag-Seed (Hogarth Shakespeare)
    $11.99 $2.99
  • News of the World
    $11.99 $2.99
  • The Girls
    $11.99 $2.99
  • We Are Okay
    $10.99 $2.99
  • The Nix
    $11.99 $1.99
  • The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
    $12.99 $1.99
  • The Orphan's Tale
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Heart's Invisible Furies
    $11.99 $3.99
  • Salt to the Sea
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Now Is Everything
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Words on Bathroom Walls
    $10.99 $1.99
  • American Street
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Alice Network
    $9.99 $3.99
  • The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
    $8.99 $1.99
  • The Pants Project
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Arcadia
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Hoot
    $6.99 $1.99
  • The Secret to Hummingbird Cake
    $6.99 $1.99
  • The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
    $10.24 $1.99
  • Black Swan Green
    $11.99 $1.99
  • London
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Swans of Fifth Avenue
    $13.99 $1.99
  • Shōgun (Asian Saga, #1)
    $9.99 $2.99
“Advice is not a gift, but a debt that the old owe to the young.” 6 likes
“It is the fate of all things to ripen, and then to decay.” 5 likes
More quotes…