We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I would never criticize an author, because producing a work of fiction that anyone will pay money to read is an astonishing achievement.
Cooper was prolific as hell, but all I have read is The Last of the Mohicans - a long time ago.
Mark Twain, of course, has the bona fides to critique a fellow author. I have heard of his famous humorous and devilish critique of Cooper ("Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses"), but never read it until Right Wing Nation posted it today.
It's a powerful manual on what not to do in fiction writing. Thanks, RWN.
Not to be a cultural barbarian, but I loved the movie of "The Last of the Mohicans". Some people just write books dying to be made into movies....I could relate to the character of the Brit, rejected but sacrificing himself to save the life of the one he loved...No guffaws, please. It's entertainment...
retriever, one of my top ten all-time great films--the sound track is sublime, and the overwhelming landscape made the human story very human indeed. anybody who rents the DVD is for a pleasant surprise.