Other female characters were not as well drawn and Elizabeth's friend, Louisa was a pale character compared to her; I would like to have seen her character better developed. The New World of James Fenimore Cooper. I get the sense if a bunch of people stopped him on the street and demanded to hear more about Marmaduke Temple or Billy Kirby and not Natty Bumppo, he would have obliged those requests and sent the Leatherstocking Tales elsewhere. Let us not forget about Natty 'Leatherstocking' Bumppo either. The growing wave of dissatisfaction among many Americans with a respected and important writer the first to win fame abroad caused him to become bitter and hostile.
He is nearly crushed by a falling dead tree in chapter 2. Once in society of Marmaduke, Richard and Oliver they went along the hillside. He is pursued much like the deer out of season. Identified from the start with the vanishing wilderness and its natives, Leatherstocking was an unalterably elegiac figure, wifeless and childless, hauntingly loyal to a lost cause. In this narrative, however, Bumppo is an old man, as is his Indian friend Chingachgook; together they have seen the frontier change from wilderness to settlement, and they know that their way of life is about to vanish. Cooper provides us with a warning that the American people should not believe the land will provide endlessly. For the character of the Judge he used his father.
Raised by Indians, the young white man Natty Bumppo takes pride in doing everything just as well as his peers. Fights, jail-breaks, forest fires, and emotional death scenes. Cooper's father was the most prominent citizen of the town; the site was founded by him and the name of Cooperstown was adopted in his honor. Cooper is clearly decrying against the big businesses that were emerging. The pigeon shoot scene is especially good example of his marksmanship. I've read the book before so it's not the writing style that is offputting.
The story begins with an argument between the Judge and the Leatherstocking over who killed a buck, and as Cooper reviews many of the changes to his fictional Lake Otsego, questions of environmental stewardship, conservation, and use prevail. Thus begins my slog through Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales. This is, I believe, James Fenimore Cooper's first published work. The proud townsmen state they are hauling thousands of fish up and that Bumppo is welcome to some of their bounty. It is a memorable portrait of fierce individualism and moral courage. Cooper captures the early American writers fasination with nature - for at the time, that was all we had. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003.
This was written in 1823 and is a debate that continues to today because humanity doesn't change much. It took a lot of effort and various strategies for me to get this book finished, but I did finish it. Because this book is based on reminiscences this made it a pleasure for him to write and was a big success. Little is known of his college career other than that he was the best Latin scholar of his class and was expelled in his junior year because of a prank. This would be a charming comedy of up-country manners, frontier politics, and Revolution-era diction, but the tour is made painful by the halting, spavined nag we are forced to ride. Cooper seems to have created a paradox. The American public, despite Cooper's quarrels with the press, neighbors, and general opinion, remembered his gifts and achievements during his lifetime.
It started really slow especially compared to the other Leather-stocking Tales, which were nearly non-stop action right from the word go. This is the first in a collection of novels that came to be known as the Leatherstocking Tales, after the nickname of its central character, one of the great figures in American Literature, Natty Bumppo. He engaged in numerous lengthy embroilments with the press and with his neighbors in Cooperstown with suits for slander, libel, and property rights. Judge proves that hit the deer. Even Mark Twain railed against Cooper's lack of action, and roundabout way of speaking. This book is like a 1790's version of that feeling. These errors lowered my rating from five star, which is what I would rate the story itself.
The world he once knew is no more. I am a proud non-reader of books. Read a Dan Brown book and you'll get your adventure story. We're too distracted now to sit with a book in a silent room and concentrate on the text. He is old, but still looks strong. A wonder of a book.
But given how terrible the reader is I am not surprised the book goes for a pittance. Judge reminisces about the difficulties of settling this region. Cooper was alive during the time when white settlers were starting to move into the American West. He also knows how to keep a story moving along, and it's hard to become bored, even as you wade through some of the wordier passages. Cooper was concerned at how quickly the area he grew up in was being changed and wondered if it was all good. Wasteful settlers like Richard Jones is what Americans really are.