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The Deerslayer (Scribner's Illustrated Classics) by N.C. Wyeth,James Fenimore Cooper

The Deerslayer (Scribner's Illustrated Classics)
The Deerslayer (Scribner's Illustrated Classics)
N.C. Wyeth,James Fenimore Cooper
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Charles Scribner's Sons; Reissue edition (September 1, 1990)
478 pages
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  • Nidor
It's a very good adventure story and there are a variety of characters, each with their strengths and their flaws.

It's not for everyone, but The Deerslayer was a treat for me. It was written in the 19th century, so it reflects the styles and attitudes of the time. There was no TV or radio then, so books were a major form of entertainment and they could be long and verbose, instead of the short, fast-paced style of today. And, of course, the 19th-century attitudes toward races and women are there. But some characters also express a somewhat more modern point of view on these subjects.

It's like an ethnographic trip into another time, when words were used more skillfully and beautifully, when the American frontier was still a reality, when ideals and attitudes were different, and stories and characters were more fully developed.

Be prepared to slowly fall in love with the characters, and rejoice with them, and have your heart broken with them.
  • Adrielmeena
I loved this book. Cooper paints vivid stories with words that allow the imagination to run better-than-blockbuster action movies in your head. Cooper wrote about actual places that let 19th century Americans appreciate what natural woodlands were like before more and more settlers moved here and cut down trees for wood, building and farming. He knew and studied Indian people so that his portrayal of them has made him one of few authors, especially at that time, to appreciate their cultures and also to see how tribes varied, and how individuals within tribes vary, as all humans do. Cooper reflects in his characters the prevalent view in the superiority of his Christian faith over the faith in the natural world held by the native people; and in the"correctness" of the separation of the races. But these views are subordinate in this book to the uniqueness of the characters he created. Now I've read the first two of the Leatherstocking series (read Last of the Mohicans years ago), and am looking forward to reading the remaining three.
  • Nalaylewe
Because Cooper's classic is out of copyright, any schmo can reproduce and sell it. This book is HORRIBLY typeset with uneven margins and NO PAGE NUMBERS!! Seriously. How could you possibly do footnotes for a 600 page book that has no page numbers?? Buy elsewhere!!
  • Balhala
I knew I was in for an adventure story. What I didn't expect was a story with some moral and philosophical depth. The characters are complex. Even the character of Deerslayer, who is a nearly flawless man, has moments of weakness. The Indian characters are portrayed honestly, with all their virtues and vices. The characters at times discuss the moral and religious implications of actions. The author shows this not in a preachy way, but intelligently. Cooper balances very well the action and the dialogue to keep the story moving forward. I couldn't put this book down and read it every spare moment I could find.
  • Iarim
JF Cooper takes a long time to get through. The descriptions of the surroundings, the explanations of the characters and their behaviors is laid out in the most minute detail you can imagine. I have to keep reminding myself that this was the radio and television of that era.
Worth every second of it.
  • Dorizius
One of the great classics from American Romanticism, The Deerslayer truly stands up to its British and German counterparts. Cooper's rich descriptions and idealist driven tale of man vs nature is captivating and worthwhile for any serious reader of American Fiction. This copy is perfectly adequate for any occasion or purpose. Nothing special- but a complete and faithful edition.
  • Kajikus
This is more in the traditon of Last of the Mohicans and even more modern writing style then his other sort of old English books. The story is excellent in a setting portraying upstate N.Y. as a paradise; it brought me back to a time when I went to Lake George as a kid and the intense placid state on the lake in the mornings on a boat. Cooper encapsules this still, calm, peaceful state of the water bodies and environment in that area at times and how this was Hawkeye's true religion and life. There are great characters, intrigue, action, philosophy and some mystery in this book of the Bumpo series. Probably tied for second best with Pathfiner in this series. Worth your time because it goes fast.
Fiction from this time period does not always hold up well for a modern reader. Phrasing, narrative devices and style can combine to render even exceptional work difficult to access. In this case however there is still much to recommend the story and Cooper does a good job with the elements. There are definitely portions of the story that are dated in their sensibilities and there were moments when I was guilty of skimming the text to get beyond some overly elaborated hobby horse.