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THE COMPLETE LEATHERSTOCKING TALES features the five novels of James Fenimore Cooper's beloved Leatherstocking series, which follow the adventures of Natty Bumppo. Set largely on the frontier of New York during the 18th century, Bumppo, who is known as "Leatherstocking" to the European settlers and "Deerslayer" or "Hawkeye" to the Native Americans, is an Anglo-American rai THE COMPLETE LEATHERSTOCKING TALES features the five novels of James Fenimore Cooper's beloved Leatherstocking series, which follow the adventures of Natty Bumppo. Set largely on the frontier of New York during the 18th century, Bumppo, who is known as "Leatherstocking" to the European settlers and "Deerslayer" or "Hawkeye" to the Native Americans, is an Anglo-American raised in part by Delaware Indians. Together with his brother and companion Chingachgook, they roam the frontier through a variety of harrowing adventures. • The Deerslayer • The Last of the Mohicans • The Pathfinder • The Pioneers • The Prairie James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) was a highly prolific and popular American writer of the first part of the 19th century. Born in New Jersey, Cooper lived most of his life in Cooperstown, a community founded by and named after his father, in a newly-settled region of New York. James Fenimore Cooper became a sailor at the age of 17, voyaging to Europe and witnessing British impressment of American sailors. He later joined the U.S. Navy and served in the War of 1812. After leaving the Navy, Cooper began writing in 1820, eventually publishing more than 30 novels, as well as short stories, drama, and non-fiction during the next three decades.


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THE COMPLETE LEATHERSTOCKING TALES features the five novels of James Fenimore Cooper's beloved Leatherstocking series, which follow the adventures of Natty Bumppo. Set largely on the frontier of New York during the 18th century, Bumppo, who is known as "Leatherstocking" to the European settlers and "Deerslayer" or "Hawkeye" to the Native Americans, is an Anglo-American rai THE COMPLETE LEATHERSTOCKING TALES features the five novels of James Fenimore Cooper's beloved Leatherstocking series, which follow the adventures of Natty Bumppo. Set largely on the frontier of New York during the 18th century, Bumppo, who is known as "Leatherstocking" to the European settlers and "Deerslayer" or "Hawkeye" to the Native Americans, is an Anglo-American raised in part by Delaware Indians. Together with his brother and companion Chingachgook, they roam the frontier through a variety of harrowing adventures. • The Deerslayer • The Last of the Mohicans • The Pathfinder • The Pioneers • The Prairie James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) was a highly prolific and popular American writer of the first part of the 19th century. Born in New Jersey, Cooper lived most of his life in Cooperstown, a community founded by and named after his father, in a newly-settled region of New York. James Fenimore Cooper became a sailor at the age of 17, voyaging to Europe and witnessing British impressment of American sailors. He later joined the U.S. Navy and served in the War of 1812. After leaving the Navy, Cooper began writing in 1820, eventually publishing more than 30 novels, as well as short stories, drama, and non-fiction during the next three decades.

30 review for The Complete Leatherstocking Tales: The Deerslayer, The Last of the Mohicans, The Pathfinder, The Pioneers, The Prairie

  1. 5 out of 5

    Harold Flint

    An American classic all should experience Cooper has spun a thread that should be part of any person interested in American literature's fabric. The work allows the reader to experience the flowing phraseology of early American Authors. Brilliant work. An American classic all should experience Cooper has spun a thread that should be part of any person interested in American literature's fabric. The work allows the reader to experience the flowing phraseology of early American Authors. Brilliant work.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marsh Bloom

    This is the condensed version of Cooper’s five novels. And before you decide whether to read this or the full version, read a chapter of each. You will likely opt for condensed and not feel a pang of Big Book angst about cheating. What to say about the book itself? It’s a bit too much like the serialized movies of the nickelodeon era. But on the other hand, the place and the colorful characters are nice to spend time with. I was happy to learn a bit of history, albeit one-sided. I did not realiz This is the condensed version of Cooper’s five novels. And before you decide whether to read this or the full version, read a chapter of each. You will likely opt for condensed and not feel a pang of Big Book angst about cheating. What to say about the book itself? It’s a bit too much like the serialized movies of the nickelodeon era. But on the other hand, the place and the colorful characters are nice to spend time with. I was happy to learn a bit of history, albeit one-sided. I did not realize the tensions between the Hurons and the Iroquois, nor how much extra stress the Hurons put on the relationship between the Iroquois and the British. The book also paints a picture of pre-revolution America that I’ve been lacking in learning about. Oddly, Cooper probably did his best work capturing a place and time with The Prairie, a place he never made it to, but relied on interviews. If you are a fan of Willa Cather, definitely read that part at least.

  3. 4 out of 5

    John

    I am reading this collection of the Leatherstocking tales for the 3rd time. First read these tales when a teen; loved them! Reading The Deerslayer again and still find it engrossing and a fascinating description of life on the early American frontier. I know that Cooper was not a first-hand witness to any of life in the era he describes, but he is a lot closer than most authors from this era. Good stuff!

  4. 5 out of 5

    James Denman

    Dreams of the Frontier The Leatherstocking Tales are iconic in western literature. Despite the cultural changes time has wrought, the honesty of Natty Bumpo is timeless and the images evoked by Cooper’s words are bittersweet for those of us yearning for adventure and a way out of a wearisome and stagnant existence. Written in unfamiliar prose, you have to be in it for the long haul, but it’s worth every minute.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vern

    These are classics in American Literature, but written in the early 1800's. The writing style was far different than today, and the verbiage took a while to get used to, but still a good read, even if a bit of a slog at times. They probably deserve higher than a 3 star, but I could only give a 3 because it took so long to read and understand. Loved the stories though, and glad I took the time and effort. These are classics in American Literature, but written in the early 1800's. The writing style was far different than today, and the verbiage took a while to get used to, but still a good read, even if a bit of a slog at times. They probably deserve higher than a 3 star, but I could only give a 3 because it took so long to read and understand. Loved the stories though, and glad I took the time and effort.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Henry Percy

    Thought I'd better see what Mark Twain objected to so stringently. I gave up after Deerslayer. "Wordy" comes to mind, or "otiose" or "proli" or "verbose." Sheesh! I fonly Cooper had had an editor who excised half his words. I guess it was popular in his time, but one was enough for me. Thought I'd better see what Mark Twain objected to so stringently. I gave up after Deerslayer. "Wordy" comes to mind, or "otiose" or "proli" or "verbose." Sheesh! I fonly Cooper had had an editor who excised half his words. I guess it was popular in his time, but one was enough for me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    John Hays

    Indian warfare! Classic adventure stories with exhaustive 19th century descriptions. Still a great read after you slog thru the verbosity. “Last of the Mohicans “ is the best known but the other four are excellent as well

  8. 4 out of 5

    Djordje

    My rating: ★★

  9. 4 out of 5

    john r shell

    Good Collection A real bargain. Most interesting read. Start at beginning for these books are sequels. Brings the colonialism of America to life.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Great read. The five books are arranged by internal chronological order, not by published order.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bonnye Reed

    The EReader Cafe

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brad Wiebe

    I've been a fan since childhood and have probably read these tales more times than The Lord of the Rings. I've been a fan since childhood and have probably read these tales more times than The Lord of the Rings.

  13. 4 out of 5

    James Violand

    If you can possibly avoid the outrageous inconsistencies in some scenes or the extremely improbable - "Say sister. Our father is surrounded by hostile Indians in the Mohawk River Valley, let's go visit him, shall we?" If you can persist in tamping down your incredulity, you could find yourself enjoying these books. Cooper tried to be America's Sir Walter Scott. Too bad he couldn't see the glaring problems he created. Still, I enjoyed reading these novels. They span from the French & Indian War t If you can possibly avoid the outrageous inconsistencies in some scenes or the extremely improbable - "Say sister. Our father is surrounded by hostile Indians in the Mohawk River Valley, let's go visit him, shall we?" If you can persist in tamping down your incredulity, you could find yourself enjoying these books. Cooper tried to be America's Sir Walter Scott. Too bad he couldn't see the glaring problems he created. Still, I enjoyed reading these novels. They span from the French & Indian War to the early settlement of the West and present a wonderful flavor of the times. An aside: Read Mark Twain's criticism of Cooper. It's hilarious!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kim Godard

    Overblown and melodramatic. I liked it when I started because the footnotes added historical bits and pieces to round out the fiction, but in the end, the flowery language overwhelmed me, and I found I just wanted it to be over.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kit

    11 months and 1200 pages later, my Fenimore Cooper odyssey is over. I'd most recommend the first Natty Bumppo book he wrote, The Pioneers... if you run out of other things to read. Last of the Mohicans and The Prairie are good also. The Deerslayer is ponderous. 11 months and 1200 pages later, my Fenimore Cooper odyssey is over. I'd most recommend the first Natty Bumppo book he wrote, The Pioneers... if you run out of other things to read. Last of the Mohicans and The Prairie are good also. The Deerslayer is ponderous.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Liza Verdon

    The Leatherstocking Tales were pretty cool adventures with honourable people in them. I really liked The Deerslayer. None of them were fabulous but they were pretty cool. They were kind of the same after you'd read a few of them. The Leatherstocking Tales were pretty cool adventures with honourable people in them. I really liked The Deerslayer. None of them were fabulous but they were pretty cool. They were kind of the same after you'd read a few of them.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Attila

    Read the complete Leatherstocking Tales when I was a kid. I persevered and worked my way through all five of them, though none of them made a lasting impression on me.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Typical time to read: 50 hours and 15 minutes.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    Always a good early-spring read. Start looking for those animal tracks!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dulicz László

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  22. 4 out of 5

    Eegore James

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  24. 4 out of 5

    Adam J. Bulava

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joschua

  26. 5 out of 5

    John Gstalder

  27. 5 out of 5

    Keith

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lori Beninger

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kris

  30. 4 out of 5

    Csilla

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