The Last of the Mohicans (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Last of the Mohicans The second of the five "Leatherstocking Tales", this one has consistently captured the imagination of generations since its publication in 1826. At the centre of the novel is the "massacre" of British troops and their families by Indian allies of the French at Fort William Henry in 1757.
- Published: 22 October 1998
- Format: Paperback 458 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780192835055 ISBN 10: 019283505X
- Sales rank: 1,050,116
Full description for The Last of the Mohicans
The second of Cooper's five "Leatherstocking Tales", this is the one which has consistently captured the imagination of generations since it was first published in 1826. Its success lies partly in the historical role Cooper gives to his Indian characters, against the grain of accumulated racial hostility, and partly in his evocation of the wild beautiful landscapes of North America which the French and the British fought to control throughout the 18th century. At the centre of the novel is the celebrated "massacre" of British troops and their families by Indian allies of the French at Fort William Henry in 1757. Around this historical event, Cooper built a romantic fiction of captivity, sexuality and heroism, in which the destiny of the Mohicans Chingachgook and his son Uncas is inseparable from the lives of Alice and Cora Munro and of Hawkeye, the frontier scout. The controlled, elaborate writing gives natural pace to the violence of the novel's action: like the nature whose plundering Cooper laments, the book's placid surface conceals inexplicable and deathly forces.