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The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
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Mar 21, 2008

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 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.
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Kristen I'm about half way through... and I couldn't agree more... I just keep telling myself, "At least it's not as bad as Ulysses"

The story is great... the writing is obnoxious

Dave I realize your review was written four years ago, but I just have to point out the irony of complaing about Cooper's "heavy-handed use of language" by saying he should "trim away the excessively verbose detritus inflicted...by the author." Speaking of excessively verbose...

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Eli The irony was intended, Dave. Thank you for noticing it!

Dave Well done, sir.

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