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The deadly crack of a long rifle and the piercing cries of Indians on the warpath shatter the serenity of beautiful Lake Glimmerglass. Danger has invaded the vast forests of upper New York State as Deerslayer and his loyal Mohican friend Chingachgook attempt the daring rescue of an Indian maiden imprisoned in a Huron camp. Soon they are caught in the cross fire between a cunning enemy and two white bounty hunters who mercilessly kill for profit.

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But who needs notes? A quick internet search told me that Lake Glimmerglass is real. It appears to be Lake Otsego, on the shores of which Cooper grew up not Lake Champlain as stated in the introduction.

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The Red Indians are also apparently real. I'm sure they're exactly as described by the pale-face author of this book. The novel does have merits. It's essentially about the conflict between the Indians and the settlers. There's a conversation early on when Deerslayer and Hurry state their respective positions on the Indians, Hurry thinking them animals and the Deerslayer, men. There's something psychologically interesting going on with Deerslayer.

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Here's a man who's more than half Indian and the conflict is internalised as he constantly struggles to assert the dominance of his European heritage and its 'gifts'. Unfortunately, Cooper lacks any concept of subtlety. He keeps stressing this internal conflict throughout the novel, long after we have grasped the metaphor and well past the point of nausea. There are serious problems with the novel. Mark Twain's essay is spot on and I recommend you read it, but I think it's worth mentioning here that the dialogue is broken, broken and cannot be fixed.

Maybe Cooper was one of those people who never listen to other people. There is a good adventure novel in here somewhere, but it is obscured by Cooper's astounding incompetence. He cannot shut up and constantly interrupts himself, and otherwise interesting scenes with poorly written digressions. Many times I found myself sitting back astonished at his lack of judgement. The trick to getting through to the end is to read with an eye to discovering the most risible examples of his incompetence and to enjoy for their own sake those parts that work on their own merits.

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