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The Pioneers By James Fenimore Cooper James D. Wallace The Pioneers The first of the five Leatherstocking Tales The Pioneers is perhaps the most realistic and beautiful of the series Drawing on his own experiences Cooper brilliantly describes Frontier life providin

  • Title: The Pioneers
  • Author: James Fenimore Cooper James D. Wallace
  • ISBN: 9780192836670
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Pioneers By James Fenimore Cooper James D. Wallace The first of the five Leatherstocking Tales, The Pioneers is perhaps the most realistic and beautiful of the series Drawing on his own experiences, Cooper brilliantly describes Frontier life, providing a fascinating backdrop to the real heart of the novel the competing claims to land ownership of Native Americans and settlers This edition follows the publication of TheThe first of the five Leatherstocking Tales, The Pioneers is perhaps the most realistic and beautiful of the series Drawing on his own experiences, Cooper brilliantly describes Frontier life, providing a fascinating backdrop to the real heart of the novel the competing claims to land ownership of Native Americans and settlers This edition follows the publication of The Last of the Mohicans in the World s Classics series and uses the standard text approved by the Modern Language Association.
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    1. Neil on said:

      The best books by James Feni Cooper to read are old ones Naturally, there will never be any new Cooper books so I mean the best editions to read are those from your local public library specifically the ones no one has touched in 30 years According to the circulation card in the back of the copy which I read, it was last due February 28, 1980 The world has changed radically since then, as evidenced by the bar code sticker on the inside back cover of the 1958 Dodd, Mead Company Great Illustrated [...]

    2. Nancy Oakes on said:

      the long version ishere otherwise, read on I m of two minds about this novel and my ambiguity has to do with Cooper s writing style First, let me say that I m no stranger to older works with long, drawn out phrasing or archaic writing styles I figure it s a given that these are books from the past and they certainly weren t designed with our modern, streamlined reading styles in mind That s not the issue here Instead, it s like the main threads of the narratives in this book are sort of buried [...]

    3. Jason Reeser on said:

      Lately, I ve been seeing much honor being given to a recently deceased author whose famous 10 Rules of Writing stress the importance of fast, non descriptive, skip the boring parts narrative It warms me to know this late author would have hated James Feni Cooper s The Pioneers , as would his adherents I realize there are fewer and fewer readers out there who have the capacity or desire to appreciate this type of slow, highly descriptive, thoughtful work of fiction Even Mark Twain railed against [...]

    4. Carolyn on said:

      I actually liked this While reading the reviews that others had written, I was a bit concerned that perhaps I would not, but I think, since I read it out of order this one first , I did not expect the great adventures the others seem to have I enjoyed being able to see our country s youth through the author s eyes and I was thoroughly wrapped up in the struggle between the various characters I admit it did bog down in a few places, and I don t think you can consider it a fun or light book, but m [...]

    5. Aaron Crofut on said:

      It s impossible to imagine books like this being produced in this nation ever again One wonders if the Americans of that day would recognize us as their countrymen Cooper himself seems to recognize this transformation, as Natty and Mohegan are nearly as unrecognizable to the newcomers as we would be As with Cooper s other books, it is impossible not to sympathize with Natty.

    6. Ce on said:

      Long old fashioned descriptions, but a good story Characters based on real people, including the founder of Cooperstown NY, the author s father.

    7. AtikaPatel on said:

      This book was slow at first but then again most 18th 19th century fiction is slow at first It was a trend for writers to give lengthy prose dedicated to descriptions of scenery This would especially be the case if a writer s setting is the American Frontier A lot of people giving this book a low rating are probably people who wanted to read a nice little adventure story that doesn t require much thinking After all the movie with Daniel Day Lewis was pretty good However, you are very much mistake [...]

    8. Tracey on said:

      I read a review of the book and it stated that this book is based very much on Cooper s own experiences For the character of the Judge he used his father Cooper was concerned at how quickly the area he grew up in was being changed and wondered if it was all good Chopping down trees that may have taken a generation to grow was a concern, also killing game than a man could want was another abuse that was occurring Because this book is based on reminiscences this made it a pleasure for him to writ [...]

    9. Steven on said:

      Thus begins my slog through Cooper s Leatherstocking Tales Having read The Deerslayer, I would never embark on another Cooper novel, much less a series, if it weren t necessary for my dissertation ANYWAY In my opinion, Cooper s writing lacks the qualities most good literature retains intrigue, crisis, poetry, strangeness No mystery, question, or need really drives The Pioneers forward Cooper simply describes early American character types namely, the noble frontiersman Natty Bumppo and the settl [...]

    10. Mark Oppenlander on said:

      This was the first of the Leatherstocking Tales to be published, but chronologically it is fourth out of five I have been reading them in order of their internal logic, so it is the fourth of the series I have read.This book is quite a bit different than the other three I ve read in the series There is less action, there are characters and there is less focus on Natty Bumppo himself, the famed Leatherstocking from which the series derives its name In fact, this story of the clash between the wa [...]

    11. Lisa on said:

      I didn t know quite what to expect with this book, but was pleasantly surprised It was a lot less moralistic and a whole lot environmentally concerned than I expected There s the usual concern with Christianity that one would expect to find in a book from this time frame, but it is certainly less than the later Victorian writers who felt the need to inject everything they wrote with morality The minister s failure to get a deathbed confession of piety from John Mohegan is something the Victoria [...]

    12. Ross on said:

      Having read The Last of the Mohicans and The Deerslayer long ago in my youth and recently learning that there are books in the series called The Leather Stocking Tales , I ventured upon this work.You see the one star rating, but I have to emphasize that this is too generous, This is an excruciatingly boring story with no redeeming features I recall that the quality of prose in the two works cited above was not good, but the story lines were interesting making the books worth reading.Here in The [...]

    13. Rosemarie on said:

      My favourite part of the book is the beginning, which describes Christmas Eve and Christmas day in Templeton The descriptions of the activities of the settlers gives us a good idea what life was like there I liked the descriptions of the town and forest in winter as well.On the negative side, the novel has its share of racism against non whites, which is ironic since the settlement was founded on land that formerly belonged to the Native Americans.On the positive side, Judge Temple is appalled b [...]

    14. Sarah C on said:

      Really beginning to understand the concept of the writer, through the character of Bummpo, about the invasion of the virgin forests of the new world Found the first part of this book a bit boring but persevered jumped pages at times as was full of unnecessary dialogue I needed to know what had become of our hero Natty Feni has been able to keep me curious enough about the character to make me want to continue the series I find it difficult to believe his age at times and his intellect can be a b [...]

    15. Stefanie on said:

      The first 200 pages of this book were just awful the first day literally ends on the 200th page, so you can imagine how overwrought with detail the prose is but the story got pretty good after that I probably wouldn t recommend going out of your way to read The Pioneers, but if you ve started struggling through it already, you should soldier on to the end.

    16. Joe on said:

      Pioneers creates in beautiful detail the countryside and the proud people who came to this continent Most of all I love Coopers descriptions of the harshness and emenseness yet overwhelming beauty of this wilderness Rarely today can one feel nature so purely, simply and overwhelmingly and each of us still very much still ought to A wonder of a book.

    17. Martha on said:

      I could not get into this book The style of writing was difficult for me I often could not see who what speaking or thinking, so I spent time going back and rereading sections I finally gave up on it but the reviews and synopsis made it sound like I would like it so I may try again later.

    18. Sosen on said:

      The way I progressed through James Feni Cooper s The Pioneers was unique It took a lot of effort and various strategies for me to get this book finished, but I did finish it Long ago, I stole the entire Leatherstocking Tales five paperback copies by varying publishers from my parents attic I originally tried reading The Pioneers about two years ago After 200 pages, I flat out gave up A full year and a half later, I felt bad about quitting it because I wanted to at least get through one fifth of [...]

    19. Charles Ayer on said:

      Anyone with an interest in the post Revolutionary history of the United States, and of upstate New York in particular, will find this book utterly fascinating simply for its historical content.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 Natty became such a well known character, and so emblematic of the region in which the story is told, th [...]

    20. Ana on said:

      As with any other book written prior to a particular threshold in time, the historical significance overshadows the importance of having a captivating plot thread because even though the story itself does not hold the attention of the reader much, there are certain elements or scenes in the book that help you learn about a certain period in history, about people s customs and traditions and generally about things that would have gotten lost in time hadn t they been recorded in writing This is e [...]

    21. Terje Fokstuen on said:

      A leisurely story about settlers, after the war for independence, in upstate New York Loosely based on the experiences of the author growing up in that area at that time It s a slow read with some engaging set pieces, and a wealth of description The plot doesn t get going until the last third of the book, but it s also a book of ideas, about land, development, and democracy That part is etched in three or four main characters and their conflicts about who owns what piece of land, and the rights [...]

    22. Brian on said:

      Not my favorite of the Letherstocking Tales so far i ve read The Deerslayer, Last of the Mohicans The Pioneers has dialog, and in the, what I describe as Early American English, makes it harder for me to follow and understand at times However, the story, especially the climax make it a worthwhile read Cooper is a masterful storyteller I would recommend this book and the others I ve previously read to anyone who likes Native American and Colonial American history and a love of the outdoors.

    23. Jon Berry on said:

      A 19th century, literary, historical romance, exploring various themes still relevant today gender, ethnicity, environmentalism, colonialism, and the role of government in everyday lives The plot moves at a slow and steady pace, accelerating about 2 3rds of the way through The descriptions of the lake, the forest, the mountains, and the town are beautiful The dialogue is at times hilarious It requires some patience, but in my view it is worth it.

    24. Carol on said:

      I thought this story was about the abuse of native type people by settlers, but it s a love story Very exciting, the descriptions are word pictures that make you feel that you are seeing things yourself.Since I live in the area, it makes me want to go to Cooperstown try to find the area talked about Is Mt Vision in walking distance

    25. klagan on said:

      I fully expected that this installment in the Leather Stocking series would be a bit of a letdown, but of all of the books thus far, it had the most riveting plot The story takes a while to get going, as the author begins with a great deal of detail into seemingly unrelated events, but it is all worth it in the end I was not in the least disappointed.

    26. Paul Peterson on said:

      Some very dramatic scenes in this one that would have been good for the movies Also kept the reader hanging on until the end for the twist.Chingachgook dies so the ol hunter will have to go on without him to the new setting for the final story.

    27. Jackson Cyril on said:

      If your intent is to read novels about the conflict between indigenous peoples and colonizers in the outposts of late 18th century America, this is a great and important work If your interest is in reading good novels, especially those set in settings bucolic and rural, try Hardy.

    28. John on said:

      A 2.5The chapters with some action were decent The chapters describing the land or passing time were poor.

    29. Amanda May on said:

      I ve heard say of a certain book, a great American classic that captures the paradoxes and attitudes of the American frontier, and after explorin this here text from the east end of the front cover across its wide open plains, mountains, rivers, valleys, woods, wolves, and the seventh circle of hell, to the western boundaries of the back cover s oceanic shores, glimmering with the hope and wonder of completion, I find myself still partial to the British texts than before embarking on this treac [...]

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