Posted by Lynn on April 24, 1998 at 11:27:28:
In Reply to: Wilderness Empire posted by Gayle on April 23, 1998 at 13:08:03:
: I really would like to hear what you think of Wilderness Empire, when you finish it. I read it once, and went back to it numerous times for background when I was doing the essay on Natty Bumppo. It's a good bit more graphic in spots than Cooper's depictions of the times in the Leatherstocking Tales, but that's what made it so fascinating to me. By the time I got through reading it, I couldn't figure out how there was anyone left alive to settle the country! Looking forward to your take on it.
Okay. First, I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I read Betrayals: Fort William Henry first. As you know, same years. Allen's writing style is much more lively and he has the ability to draw me right into the story.
Yet, I do wish he would have included a little more information on what women were doing in this period. I realize it was war time and that men fought it; but geez!!, women were doing something besides warming beds, (especially that of Sir William Johnson) and following the various regiments around (what were they called?) or sitting home back in the Indian village. What I'm saying is that I wish Allen had not made them quite so invisible.
That's all I can do for now, but it's a place to start.
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