The Last of the Mohicans

By James Fenimore Cooper
Read by Stefan Rudnicki
Directed by Emily Janice Card

The Leatherstocking Tales: Book 1826

14.60 Hours 02/17/2009 unabridged
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In 1757, the English and French are engaged in a savage, bloody war for control of the North American continent. Making tenuous, shifting alliances with various Indian tribes, the two European powers struggle to gain the upper hand on unfamiliar, forested battlegrounds. Caught in the middle is Hawkeye, a white scout who was raised among the Indians. Not fully belonging to either world, he has retreated from society to live in the untamed woods of upstate New York. By his side are Chingachgook and the young Uncas, last of the vanishing race of Mohicans. Together, the three embody a code of moral courage, self-sufficiency, and loyalty, and share a deep trust and friendship. Cora and Alice Munro, the daughters of an English commander, are on their way to join their father. Escorting them through the alien wilderness are Alice’s fiancé, Major Duncan Heyward, and the treacherous Huron warrior Magua, whose attraction to Cora and hatred for whites make him a vengeful, insidious enemy. When Magua betrays his party to the Iroquois, it is up to Hawkeye and his band to rescue the beautiful sisters and escort them through hostile Indian country. Through a series of heroic fights, escapes, and adventures, bonds are deepened, lives are lost, and the danger heightens, building toward an epic showdown. Written in 1826, The Last of the Mohicans was one of the first great novels of American literature and one that has consistently captured the imagination of generations of readers. It established a mythic image of the American frontier as a setting for thrilling adventures and introduced such archetypes as the “noble savage”, embodied by Chingachgook, and the rugged and honorable frontier hero, embodied by Hawkeye.

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Summary

Summary

In 1757, the English and French are engaged in a savage, bloody war for control of the North American continent. Making tenuous, shifting alliances with various Indian tribes, the two European powers struggle to gain the upper hand on unfamiliar, forested battlegrounds.

Caught in the middle is Hawkeye, a white scout who was raised among the Indians. Not fully belonging to either world, he has retreated from society to live in the untamed woods of upstate New York. By his side are Chingachgook and the young Uncas, last of the vanishing race of Mohicans. Together, the three embody a code of moral courage, self-sufficiency, and loyalty, and share a deep trust and friendship.

Cora and Alice Munro, the daughters of an English commander, are on their way to join their father. Escorting them through the alien wilderness are Alice’s fiancé, Major Duncan Heyward, and the treacherous Huron warrior Magua, whose attraction to Cora and hatred for whites make him a vengeful, insidious enemy.

When Magua betrays his party to the Iroquois, it is up to Hawkeye and his band to rescue the beautiful sisters and escort them through hostile Indian country. Through a series of heroic fights, escapes, and adventures, bonds are deepened, lives are lost, and the danger heightens, building toward an epic showdown.

Written in 1826, The Last of the Mohicans was one of the first great novels of American literature and one that has consistently captured the imagination of generations of readers. It established a mythic image of the American frontier as a setting for thrilling adventures and introduced such archetypes as the “noble savage”, embodied by Chingachgook, and the rugged and honorable frontier hero, embodied by Hawkeye.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

 “[Cooper's] sympathy is large, and his humor is as genuine—and as perfectly unaffected—as his art.” Joseph Conrad
“[Cooper’s] worldwide fame attests his power of invention, for his novels have been popular principally for their variety of dramatic incidents…but…[there has been] a revival of interest in their creation of tension between different kinds of society…between civil law and natural rights as these suggest issues of moral and mythic import.” The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature
“The beauty of the unspoiled wilderness and sorrow at its disappearance, symbolized in Hawkeye’s Mohican Indian friends, the last of their tribe, are important themes of the novel.” Merriam Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature
“This novel remains the most popular of Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales, a classic story of the French and Indian War. The battles and exciting pursuits, which constitute the book’s plot, are rounded out by interesting Indian lore and descriptions of the wilderness.” Masterpieces of World Literature
“This novel remains the most popular of Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales, a classic story of the French and Indian War. The battles and exciting pursuits, which constitute the book’s plot, are rounded out by interesting Indian lore and descriptions of the wilderness.” Masterpieces of World Literature

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Author

Author Bio: James Fenimore Cooper

James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851), the first major American novelist, was the son of a wealthy landowner who founded Cooperstown, New York. He attended Yale and served in the navy before turning to writing, winning international fame with The Spy (1821). After The Pioneers (1823), public fascination with the character of Natty Bumppo led him to write a series of sequels that gradually unfold the entire life of the frontier scout.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 14.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English