Author: James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)
First Published: 1826
My Edition: Bantam Classic (seen at left)
Other Works Include: The Spy (1821), The Pioneers (1823), The Prairie (1827), The Pathfinder (1840), The Deerslayer (1841)
My only previous experience with Cooper was in college. In the same class where I was required to read Dicken's Hard Times, we also had to read The Pioneers, which I absolutely hated. I thought it was boring compared to some of the other things we were reading and I hated every moment of it.
But one of my best friends at work, Kyla, absolutely adores this novel. She says it is one of her all-time favorites. We usually share taste in books, so I am going to give this an honest try. I have never seen the movie (which she says is incredibly different anyway), so I will be approaching this with no expectations.
And, if it is complete hell, this is the only Cooper title on the list.
I feel I should also point out that this is one of Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales, which feature the character Natty Bumppo. The Pioneers is actually the first, but I barely remember Bumppo anyway. :)