Hawkeye and his Mohican companions Chingachgook and Uncas escort the Munro sisters, Cora and Alice, through the woods of New York to Fort William Henry. Also in the expeditin party are British army Major Duncan Heyward and a psalmist named David Gamut. Along the way they are forced to fight against Hurons led by the evil Magua, which leads to an encounter with another American Indian tribe called the Delaware -- a development which will prove crucial at the end of the novel.
even convey different significations by the simplest inflections of the voice.
Philologists have said that there are but two or three languages, properly speaking, among all the numerous tribes which formerly occupied the country that now composes the United States. They ascribe the known difficulty one people have to understand another to corruptions and dialects. The writer remembers to have been present at an interview between two chiefs of the Great Prairies west of the Mississippi, and when an interpreter was in attendance who spoke both their languages. The warriors appeared to be on the most friendly terms, and seemingly conversed much together; yet, according to the account of the interpreter, each was absolutely ignorant of what the other said. They were of hostile tribes, brought together by the influence of the American government; and it is worthy of remark, that a common policy led them both to adopt the same subject. They mutually exhorted each other to be of use in the event of the cha
The narration was incomprehensible. The story I had read some 50 years ago and hoped to relive the pleasure as an adult. I quess I'll go to the library and get the book.
This book was terrible. Ok, I admit, I don't really have an interest in American Indian stories, and I don't really like violence in books (or tv), so maybe this book wasn't a good match for me from the beginning, but I figured since many American high school and college kids read this book, there must be SOMETHING about it to make it a classic.
Nope... It was long, repetitive, boring. The dialog was scarce and it didn't really keep me reading. The action bits were few and far between, but in-between was nothing. Just mindless narrative.
I would recommend this book to someone who really takes an interest in Indian stories, but not to someone who just wants a good solid read.