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Selles raamatus jõuab Nahksuka elukäik lõpule. Aastad on talle oma mõju avaldanud: ta on loobunud küttimisest ja sõjapidamisest ning hakanud avaras Läänes trapperiks. Kirve paukumine on teda armastatud metsadest välja ajanud ja mingi lootusetu allaheitlikus teda sundinud lagedatel, Kaljumägedeni ulatuvatel tasandikel pelgupaika otsima.Siin mööduvad ta elu vähesed lõpuaastaSelles raamatus jõuab Nahksuka elukäik lõpule. Aastad on talle oma mõju avaldanud: ta on loobunud küttimisest ja sõjapidamisest ning hakanud avaras Läänes trapperiks. Kirve paukumine on teda armastatud metsadest välja ajanud ja mingi lootusetu allaheitlikus teda sundinud lagedatel, Kaljumägedeni ulatuvatel tasandikel pelgupaika otsima.Siin mööduvad ta elu vähesed lõpuaastad ja ta sureb, nagu ta elaski, kõnnumaade filosoofina, kes alati jäi tõele ustavaks....

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preeria Reviews

  • Fabian
    2019-04-02 19:27

    Analyze the shit outta any of these classics & you're bound to discover the golden nugget that someone somewhere once found and classified as such. Not the case with this, the last of the Leatherstocking tales. It's not for modern readers. At all.Campfire philosophy is perhaps the least interesting aspect of this tale (the opposite case of, say, the superlative "Lonesome Dove") which is about 200 years old… & by setting all players on leveled, even ground (Shakespeare’s plays are often quoted), insipid insights are often found in the form of stagnant, pedantic, unrealistic dialogue. While the actions of all the characters seem to occur in slow motion, dialogue is also the device used to slow down the pace of the narrative. The emigrants meet up with the over-the-hill character (Natty Bumppo, alias “the trapper”) from The Last of the Mohicans and they unite to stand against the Tetons. Natty Bumppo then becomes part of the human drama he has so evidently avoided in the past, paralleling his distaste for the sound of ax chopping wood. Does Fenimore Cooper say that woods-people, deer slayers, trappers, hunters, all easily assimilate to newly forming societies? Is it really that easy to speak to your own skin-type, when there’s absolutely nobody else around? There is a pervasive type of hesitation throughout the tale, in the manner the characters expose themselves, in the way the narrative is overabundant with words and extraneously extended descriptions. I loathed having to read it for class, spending time with it was as futile as, gasp, having to spend time with anything by the likes of Ayn Rand. Inviting headaches, it's an infuriating experience. Droll & dull.

  • Neil
    2019-03-29 21:25

    I have now read the entire Leatherstocking Tales and regret to say that I rank The Prairie next to last on the good book scale for that series. ( The Pathfinder scored lowest for me, but I will give it another chance and read it again because I really didn’t pay much attention to it the first time. ) My disappointment with The Prairie lay in the plot itself, not the message. Cooper unabashedly criticized western expansion at a time when the nation believed it had a divine right to displace the original inhabitants of this land to fulfill its own destiny.Unfortuately, the story is weak and the characters are for the most part uninspiring. Although The Prairie moves slowly the dialogue can be very lively, particularly in Chapter Nine. For example, when Dr. Battius, the cataloger of all things botanical and zoological is reacquainted with Paul Hover the Bee Hunter, he says, ”Aye, I remember you well, young man. You are of the class Mammalia, order Primates, genus Homo, species Kentucky.”Natty is his usual sage and eloquent self but none of the other characters in The Prairie are too exciting. Paul Hover and Ellen Wade are likeable. Dr. Battius is entertaining. However Captain Middleton pales in the shadow of his grandfather Duncan (from The Last of the Mohicans), and his wife Inez is little more than an early 19th century caricature of a Roman Catholic. The squatter Ishamel Bush and his family are, in my opinion, Cooper’s most execrable villains. Bush was bound by no laws but his own, which he imposed on everyone else. The Prairie would have been a far more interesting and logical story if the plot had only been the conflict between the Sioux and Pawnee chiefs Mahtoree and Hard Heart. Too often Cooper creates a natural or man- made structure around which the action occurs and devotes too many pages to the minutiae of its description. He does so again in The Prairie, this time plunking a rocky promontory, a thicket and a river conveniently in the middle of the plains. Also, it wouldn’t be a Cooper tale without a daring escape. However, in The Prairie Natty and friends escape from the Sioux not once, not twice, but three times! Natty calls the Sioux many unkind names, but, strangely, “stupid” isn’t one of them. It is also amusing that Natty always has time to soliloquize in the face of immediate danger. The other characters catch on quickly and cut his speeches short right up until the end.I read the 1984 paperback edition of The Prairie, which was the only one available at my local library. (On the inside cover it was noted that the book had been a gift!) It took me so long to read the book that by the time I finally finished it looked as if it had been in a buffalo stampede. Still, a paperback Cooper is better than no Cooper at all.

  • Richard Thompson
    2019-04-07 23:21

    The only other one of the Leatherstocking Tales that I have read is Last of the Mohicans, which is much more famous than The Prairie, but to my mind not nearly as good. I found the old Natty Bumppo to be a more believable and interesting character than his younger self. He is the same wise man with a deep knowledge of nature and life on the frontier, but here we see him with his faculties weakened by age and deeply aware of his own mortality. As an older man he is less willing to fight both because of the stupidity and horror of violence, which he sees more clearly as an older man, and because the weakness of age makes him less able to hold his own in a physical struggle. There is never a doubt that Natty's values are the true ones that we are to admire and follow, but he isn't always perfect. Sometimes his caution goes a bit too far, and he has a tendency to rattle on at length, and sometimes his lack of education makes him unable to understand or respond intelligently to things that the other characters say. But his imperfections have their charms and ultimately make him a more completely drawn character.I also enjoyed the other characters, particularly the less likeable ones, Ishmael Bush the squatter and Mahtoree the Sioux chief, and although others have criticized the plot as being slight, I found it to be totally sufficient as a vehicle for a portrait of an interesting group of characters in the wild frontier before the arrival of any but a few white men.

  • Sarah C
    2019-04-15 18:36

    I take it Fenimore was not so familiar with this landscape as his descriptions of the prairie, to me, didn't convince. Natty, now a very old man, is the fittest 80/90 year old man in existence. Still, it was a good story and for me quite emotional at the end as our hero has become "my friend" over all the five books of the leather-stocking series. Very corny in places and sometimes predictable but I shall miss reading about his adventures. I have really enjoyed this series of books, at times they have been difficult to read but I have persevered as I believe there is no harm in trying to read "old English", (a bit like reading Shakespeare). I was left in the end like I had lost a dear friend and I suppose that's the quality of the writer and his writing. In all the two months it took me to read the whole five books I have been drawn away into a world that no longer exists and have a sympathy for the Indians and early pioneers that were trying to get away from it all. Fenimore had he lived till now would be horrified to see what we have done to this planet. I loved these books and don't regret for one minute picking up the first one.

  • vhatos
    2019-03-24 16:15

    Останній роман серії. Вже дуже старий Натаніель Бампо допомагає поселенцям у складних ситуаціях...

  • AnonymousReaderPerson
    2019-04-01 23:23

    This is one of those books that I thought would make me a more sophisticated reader, tackling something that my English teachers probably fawned over while the rest of the class rolled their eyes and couldn't wait for the bell. I've read classics that I've enjoyed, but this is not one of them. Did people seriously ever talk like this in the United States of America?The story is at least twice as long as it needs to be, and I'll be honest...Unless I wanted to re-read every sentence five times in order to digest what the author was trying to tell me, I was resigned to finishing it without a complete grasp of the story's events. I'll rely on Wikipedia for that. After reading this, I know that run-on sentences were not harped on in Cooper's time like they are today. Oh, and he overuses commas, big time, so much, so that they are sometimes, placed where it doesn't, seem like they should be, in the midst of, a sentence that is already a run-on, and you've already forgot what the hell he was talking about, so your mind, begins to wander as, the words pass by your, already weary eyes...The only thing that propelled me through to the end was applying the score from the film adaptation of Last of the Mohicans. And if my inability to enjoy this thing simply means I'm not that "sophisticated" reader I set out to be when I opened this thing, then so be it. I'll gladly settle for a literary bum if being otherwise subjects me to writing like this.

  • Robin
    2019-04-22 20:25

    I actually might have rated this a 3.75 if you could give quarter stars.I didn't think this book was as bad as some of the others in this Leather Stocking Series. Usually Natty goes off on tangents about Faith, Race and other things, but I found him somewhat subdued in this book. He does go off on how he's an old man, a Chritian and not so educated but again, it's quite mild in comparison to some of the other books.I found it interesting and exciting here and there too. So almost 4 starts just not quite.Not being able to stomach civilization and all it's "perversions", Natty finds himself surviving in the prairies between the Sioux and Pawnee Indian tribes. He comes across a small wagon train of settlers with a cargo that is precious and illegal. Of course rescue is needed and wars with natives pursue with "the old trapper" (Natty) being wise and beloved by almost all.Alas the great Dearslayer's, Hawkeye's, Long Gun's, Old Trapper's or what ever other pet names acquired through this series...trails must come to an end, and done so with quite the pomp and ceremony. Goodbye.

  • Inese Okonova
    2019-04-02 23:21

    Pēc sarakstīšanas gada šī ir trešā no piecām grāmatām par Netiju Bumpo, pazīstamu arī kā Takuzini, Vanagaci, Ādzeķi un droši vien vēl kaut kā. Sižetiski šis ir noslēgums viņa dēkām, kas beidzas ar sirmā klejotāja nāvi jau ļoti cienījamā vecumā, un ar šo darbu arī es beidzot esmu sēriju pabeigusi.Godīgi sakot, šis, manuprāt, ir vājākais ķēdes posms, kas noteikti nepatiks spraigu sižetu alkstošajiem, bet arī citādi neizceļas (kā piemēram, "Pionieri", kas patika ar savu rietumu iekarotāju sadzīves tēlojumu). Notikumu pavērsieni viens otram seko kaut kā šā tā, bez iekšējas loģikas. Mazliet samocīts stāsts, gana spilgti varoņi. Izlasīt ir vērts, jo noslēdz ciklu.

  • Gena Lott
    2019-04-06 15:22

    The first book I read by Cooper and I certainly took things out of order. It took a while for me to get into Cooper's stride. But the book is deep and rich, though parts are haunting. I must read some of his other books. I consider his work some that any "well read" person should have purused!

  • Andre LeMagne
    2019-03-25 18:21

    Of all the Leatherstocking Tales, I found this one particularly compelling. The protagonist is no longer young and vigorous; he is in the final years of his life, yet his intrepid spirit and level head remain in play.

  • Chip Hunter
    2019-04-21 19:20

    This is the third in the five-volume series known as The Leatherstocking Tales. Here we catch up with Natty Bumppo (known here simply as 'the trapper') 10 years after the close of The Pioneers, as the end of his life approaches. He's left behind civilization of any kind, and seems to just want to be left alone, to live out his final days in peace and harmony. Not so fast, though, Bumppo! Along comes the family if Ishmael Bush, among whose troubles the trapper quickly gets entangled. From rescuing fair damsels in distress to facing down angry Indians, the ensuing adventure, while hardly seeming to ruffle the feathers of the unflappable Bumppo, is of the most-serious nature, with life and death on the line, and many depending on his skill and cunning.To me, this book stands out as having some of the best supporting cast of any of the Leatherstocking tales. Paul Hover, Ellen Wade, Captain Middleton, Dr. Battius, Esther, Ishmael, Abiram White, and Hard-Heart are all strong and colorful characters that give this book some much-needed flavor. While they're not overly-developed (to say the least), as Cooper allows the readers' imagination to fill in many gaps about appearance and personalities, by the end of this book you'll really feel like you've got a handle on who these people really are, and what drives each and every one. Even Asinus and Hector come to be much-adored by the end of this book. To me, it is the characters that make this book a success, elevating it above some of Cooper's other work.Like all of Cooper's novels, this one could have used a bit of aggressive editing, being longer than necessary, and at times downright boring. Of course, this mostly stems from his overly-pedantic writing, where he (as the narrator) and his characters (in their dialogue) talk in some of the most flowery and round-about manners to get across rather simple ideas. Almost as if Cooper was trying to prove something to his European critics, but maybe just a symptom of the Romanticist times. Either way, it makes this book fairly slow going, and will unfortunately discourage many readers. Really, the only one of his books that doesn't have excessively wordy descriptions is The Last of the Mohicans, and there is no surprise why that one has been the most popular.I enjoyed THE PRAIRIE. Much better than THE PIONEERS, but not as good as THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS. Recommended for fans of the classics.

  • Trebor
    2019-04-06 16:35

    This read took me a while because I had to constantly go back and reread many paragraphs over to fully understand what was occurring. The content was written in a very flowery and archaic form of prose, which was at times difficult, for me, to comprehend the complete picture. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the plot and the characters though completely predictable. If written in a more modern style at least half the book would have been unneeded. I am a western and historical romantic at heart and so enjoyed the other Leather Stocking Tale that I've read."Deer Slayer" being the other. When I was a boy I dreamed of this type of woodsy adventurous life and when I read some of this stuff it kind of takes me back to those forgotten days.

  • শালেকুল পলাশ
    2019-03-26 21:21

    কাহিনীর শুরু হয় ইসমাইল বুশকে দিয়ে। যে কিনা প্রেইরীতে থাকার জন্য একটা জায়গার খোজ করছে। আপাত দৃষ্টিতে তার উদ্দেশ্য শুভ লাগলেও কিছুটা গোলমাল আছে ভিতরে। তাদের ওয়াগনের ভিতরে কোন একজনকে লুকিয়ে রাখা হয়েছে। আরো ভাল করে বললে বলা যায় তাকে বন্দী করে রাখা হয়েছে। ইসমাইল বুশের ভাই অ্যাবিরাম বুশ। তরুণ ক্যাপ্টেন মিডলটন এর স্ত্রী সে। স্ত্রীর খোজে পিছু নেয় তাদের মিডিলটন। এদিকে ওয়াগন আক্রমন করে সিওক্স। একই সাথে উদয় হল সিওক্স দের শত্রু পনী। কি ঘটবে আসলে ভাগ্যে লোক গুলোর?পাঠ প্রতিক্রিয়াঃ দি লেদার স্টকিং টেল সিরিজের ৫ নাম্বার বই। আগের গুলো পড়া না থাকলেও খুব বেশী সমস্যা হয় নাই এটা পড়তে। কাহিনী পড়তে গিয়ে অনেকটা ওয়েস্টার্ন গল্প পড়ার অনুভূতি জেগেছে। ভুলেই গিয়েছিলাম মাঝে যে এটি একটি ক্লাসিক বই।

  • klagan
    2019-03-30 20:22

    I consider this to be the least interesting of all of The Leatherstocking Tales. The charm of the previous books was lacking in this one: the setting of the woods, and the personality of Natty Bumppo. I feel that Natty's character was underdeveloped in this book, and none of the other characters interested me enough to hold my attention. It was hard to read about Natty's end, I've grown so attached to him, but I think it was a good end.I will not read this book again, but otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed this series. I was spellbound by Natty's character and the life that he led in the woods. I will certainly read some of these again in the future.

  • Cynthia
    2019-04-15 21:21

    I always kind of put off reading these books (as I work my way through the ginormous collection I have in one huge heavy volume). I don't even know why. Because once I start I am absolutely captivated and can't wait to get back to it. This one is rather bittersweet because the hero is old and weary of endlessly fleeing the encroach of civilization and the destruction of the forests he loved so, but it is a rollicking good adventure tale and everyone - Indians, settlers, squatters etc. - are portrayed three dimensionally and the setting is absorbing.

  • Tex-49
    2019-04-23 20:30

    Un tuffo nel passato, rileggendo questo libro della mia fanciullezza!!!Il voto non è alto perché questa edizione della Prateria è fatta per ragazzi, quindi la traduzione ha tagliato molte parti descrittive e non strettamente necessarie al racconto dei fatti, ed anche il linguaggio è molto semplicistico (dopo aver letto il libro ho confrontato la traduzione con quella di Ira Rubini in una copia digitale in mio possesso (il numero delle pagine di quest'ultima, in effetti, è poco meno del doppio!)

  • Ronald Chevalier
    2019-04-03 23:10

    Read years ago in college. I really like to character of Natty Bumppo, but Cooper’s writing is so ploddingly descriptive and pedantic that paper cutting myself to death would be a more enjoyable experience than reading page after page of description of minuscule objects. Mark Twain was a harsh critic of Cooper’s penchant for over indulging in descriptive details. It like death by description.

  • Laura
    2019-04-15 20:15

    Not really my genre, but a good dose of American literature once in a while is healthy. I decided to read this instead of Last of the Mohicans because I knew that film so well...''twas a bit unsettling to learn how much of the film was complete fabrication. And yet, I like the film better than the real story, alas.

  • Aaron Crofut
    2019-04-09 21:30

    I loved this entire series. The story was interesting, the characters believable, the morals important, in particular that of people in general and their particular natures. Natty Buumpo is a wonderful character; his end brings the stirring of emotions that only a good book can provide.

  • Eva Lucia
    2019-04-14 22:19

    Also posted on Eva Lucias blogThe Prairie is the fifth story in the Leatherstocking Tales but can be read individually. It focuses on the Native Americans and presents many sensuous descriptions of the landscape and the different conflicts which take place during the novel’s plot.Furthermore, it shows the difference of British literature and American literature at this time (1820s-1840s). Whereas the British literary tradition had existed longer, the American literary scene was not as established, like the society of America at this time (naturally, this has to do with political reasons, e.g. social classes and politics + the fact that America was established later as a nation than Britain).This novel shows a classic situation between the white man and the Native American. This was a part of the Frontier tradition. Cooper was mostly famous for his history accounts and travel sketches, which were popular in his time. However, this novel is very interesting. I specifically liked the focus on territory, which naturally is highly important at a time, when American society is still trying to establish itself. In the novel, there are many examples of the issue of territory, both physical and psychological bordersOne could compare Cooper to Sir Walter Scott. Both authors wrote historical fiction in the same historical time period. Whereas Sir Walter Scott focused on external elements, e.g. dealing with political aspects of the historical period, such as politics and Scottish identity (establishing a national identity as non-British), Cooper focused on internal elements, most importantly: forming American society and culture, which was still happening at this time.With a literary angle, mostly looking into territory and borders, I found the novel useful and interesting. The language allowed many examples of this specific angle. However, it was a long read and at times I found it to slow. This writing style could also symbolize the brutality and simple life of the Native Americans of this time. Well, read for yourself and let me see what you think!Blog ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Youtube ~ Spotify

  • Shari
    2019-04-16 19:12

    I promised myself I would read all the Leatherstocking tales. Arghh!THE PIONEERS was quite good and I got excited and got the other four books about Natty Bumppo. They were deadly. Yes, I know they are 'classics.' James Fenimore Cooper is supposed to be one of our national literary lights. I have read many other 'old' authors, both American and European, those writers who have 'stood the test of time' and whose works have endured. For the life of me, I have no idea why Cooper is part of this group. Wordy is too light a qualifier. Yes, his language is loaded with exquisite words, but he didn't know when to hold back. He 'tells' and 'tells' and 'tells' and sets up scenes and after all those words before he even gets to the matter at hand, I no longer care. I have definite trouble with the old attitude that we had the right to storm across this country and destroy the native culture because the 'land was empty' and the white man, running away from poverty and worse in Europe, wanted land. I am a second generation American and I am 'one of those interlopers' I know, but I grew up in Montana and I know what we did. Even in my childhood, we still assumed that we were the master race. I never believed it. But reading Cooper and his characters -- the good, upstanding, Christian ones, that is -- all voice the opinion that the land was ours for the taking because we were the 'civilized' people, and the natives were savage. Right from the start, he's lost me. I know, this is how things were in his lifetime. But I also know that there were the few who knew better and felt a little guilty.It's not as though Cooper is using characters to make a point, a viable point. He is recreating his little society. I know he knew better than that. Gawd! but I hope so. I haven't time for Natty Bumppo without Chingachcook and Uncas. With their input, Long Carabine was almost a fine character. Without them, he is short on imagination and interest.

  • Mark Oppenlander
    2019-04-05 20:15

    This is the last of the Leatherstocking Tales (which I have read in the order of the character's life story as opposed to the order of their publication) and it may be my favorite.In this yarn, we come across Natty Bumppo as an aged trapper (87 years old), wandering the great prairies of the Midwest. He falls in with a bunch of settlers who are headed West, but amongst whom there are some dramas already taking place, including kidnapping, betrothal issues and more. Add in a tribe of malicious, marauding Indians who attack the settler family, followed by another tribe of noble Indians who hate the first tribe and suddenly, you have a Leatherstocking story!What I liked about this book is that the story was more straightforward than some of the others, with less stops and starts. The characters are varied, but understandable in their motivations. The villains are evil, but not simplistically so. The action, when it comes, is crisp and not overly bloody as it sometimes was in say, "The Last of the Mohicans." And at the end, when Natty passes away, the moment has an appropriate pathos and reverence.I think I would rate the series this way, from best to worst:- The Prairie- The Deerslayer- The Last of the Mohicans- The Pathfinder- The PioneersIf you can get over the verbose writing style and a few of the (to our ears and eyes) politically incorrect characterizations however, none of these books are bad. All provide a good story, a fair amount of entertainment and a glimpse into early American literary tastes.

  • Bill Wallace
    2019-04-12 17:31

    The Pioneers is a novel of ideas, but The Prairie is closer to the roots of the American Western in its romantic form. I prefer the earlier book but there is a lot to like here too, some of it perhaps outside the author's intentions. Certainly Cooper had no notion how condescending his view of his Noble Savages would appear to a reader almost two centuries later, though to his credit, most of Cooper's characters, red-skinned or palefaced, are multi-dimensional. Even the novel's antagonists, Ishmael Bush (now there's a name!) and Mahtoree, the brave, lustful, and treacherous Sioux chief, are complex and never emitrely villainous. Classic American anti-intellectualism is also present in the form of Natty's disdain for Dr. Bat, whose ludicrous figure and cockeyed book-learning provide most of the novel's humor. Given my interest in American Gothic fiction, special note should be made of an execution scene that borders on the sadistic and on the weird, iconic closing chapter wherein Cooper's many-named man of the wilderness, the spirit of westward expansion, withered and barely alive, provides instruction for the disposal of his mortal remains, while his faithful, taxidermied hound lies at his feet.

  • Ross
    2019-04-07 17:34

    This book is simply awful. It was written in the 1820's about the far west of which the author knew nothing. Of course he was writing for an audience that also knew nothing of the far west.The book starts with the characters camped on the west bank of the Missouri River and the next day they reach the Rocky Mountains pulling their wagon by hand. The quality of the prose is childish and the story line is absurd. This book came out shortly after "The Last of the Mohicans" which I read as a child 60 years ago and thought to be OK at the time as I now remember it. Hard to believe these two books are by the same author.However, I recently tried the first book in the series called "The Pioneers" and found it even worse than this book.Strangely the last book in the series called "The Deerslayer," written almost 20 years after this book, is worth reading. A peculiar case in which the last book in the series to be written is chronologicaly the first.

  • Carol
    2019-04-02 21:13

    People must have been desparate for entertainment in 1827 when this was published. Yup.....sitting by the fire, no TV, no radio, no movies, just James Fenimore Cooper and his Leatherstocking Tales. I really had my doubts as to whether I was going to get through this book.The language he uses is so off-putting. It's as though he needs to show how educated he is by using 50-cent words when 10-cent words will do just fine. The first half of the book was really painful to get through. About the middle of the book when he introduced the native Americans it started to get interesting. At that point I knew I was going to make it to the end.The focus on "the trapper" and his realization of his slow decline throughout the book was really very touching as was his attachment to the young Pawnee, Hard-Heart. No doubt this book is relevant to the history of American literature, but I think it is a tough sell for most of today's audience.

  • Jim Kisela
    2019-04-11 23:22

    This 1830 novel reads reasonably well today, and in fact, is quite contemporary in its reflection on how civilization is changing the landscape (and not for the better), and how the settlers disrespected and mistreated the original native inhabitants.I kept stopping myself and asking: "When was this written, because the language and issues are so pertinent". The use of the word "parachute" really surprised me because I thought of it as a modern word, in relation to airplanes and flying. I wasn't far off, however. The word was invented about 1780 in France by the ballooning enthusiasts who thought that an umbrella like device could be used in the event of a ballooning problem. The connection to Cooper is probably from his time in Europe when he moved to Paris for a period of time around 1826 and immersed himself in French life and culture.

  • Trounin
    2019-03-26 19:28

    В очередной книге Купера об индейцах прерия становится новой декорацией для происходящих событий. Не так важно, о чём будет сюжет, поскольку он мало отличается от аналогичных ему других произведений автора. Вновь читателя ждут высокопарные слова, романтически настроенные герои, индейские размолвки и бесконечная мудрость людей, осознающих крушение одного мира в угоду процветания другого. Каждый герой увлечён своим собственным делом, а их встреча друг с другом — удачное/неудачное стечение обстоятельств, дающих возможность поучаствовать в приключениях, суть которых не имеет никакого значения, поскольку главный смысл заключает в красочности картинки. «Прерия» наглядно показывает читателю опасность заходить за фронтир, и почему всё-таки люди решались отправляться на поиски новых проблем.(c) Trounin

  • Erik
    2019-03-31 22:37

    Story is ok, but it's really boring. Even when something happens, it's written in a way that most modern readers are going to find completely uninteresting.

  • Aaron Cance
    2019-03-31 22:15

    If one can read books promiscuously, as I was reassured in graduate school that one could, I read all five of the books in this series like a complete whore, giving myself entirely over to the story - loved all five. A word of caution, however: They were written in a different order than the chronology of the narrative. Imagine my disappointment at the Deerslayer's death at the end of the third book out of five. The order that the author produced them:The PioneersLast of the MohicansThe PrairieThe PathfinderThe DeerslayerThe order of the narrative (Thanks for the assist with this, Dave):The DeerslayerLast of the MohicansThe PathfinderThe PioneersThe Prairie

  • Jonathan
    2019-04-19 17:36

    This is not JFC's most scintillating novel. But it's an important glimpse of life on the Great Plains at the end of Natty Bumpo's life. A melancholy, downbeat coda to the energetic stories of the French & Indian War, almost a lifetime before the events of The Pioneers. The hero has lost everything --even his name it seems-- except his rifle, his dog, and his wits. He's on the plains because there is no more solitude in the forest. Most of the characters he meets, Native American and white, are devious and selfish. A few of both races have some noble qualities but none is perfect. The death of the pristine forests of the Great Lakes area, lamented by the hero, prophesies the death of the old ways on the plains as well.