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Posted by Gayle on August 18, 1998 at 15:59:54:

In Reply to: Re: posted by Sarah on August 18, 1998 at 15:35:55:

Sarah wrote
: This Cooper fellow was mighty devious in his wording, with multiple implications and meanings... And the Christ-like allegory ... very interesting stuff! I'm sure I'll be plowing through all the books now, to explore and unravel more...

: Thanks,
: Sarah

That to me is the fun of almost all of Cooper's books. He deals with a multiplicity of ideas - religious, social, cultural, political, you-name-it - and although he make it pretty clear which side he is on, he always appears to recognize the right of people to have different opinions. He presents every possible side, every possible argument, throws it on the plate and lets you sort it out for yourself. Actually, he IS devious, and that is why he is not easy to read. He makes you dig for all the thinking in his books, and you can go back to the same books time and time again and come up with things you never saw before. (He seems to write on many levels at the same time, and I seem to read on only one level at a time.)

If you like social and feminist issues, he's got some awfully good books about those, too. "Precaution" is the mirror image of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice", but I think, a much more interesting story. "Ways of the Hour" is a real ripper - that's the one I posted about before that could pass for a 1990s Grisham trial novel. "The Oak Openings" is a good Indian story, and you will recognize a scene in it that was lifted for LOTM. "The Wept of Wish Ton Wish" deals with a Quaker girl who is captured by the Indians and truly loves her Indian husband, much to the dismay of her family when they finally find her.


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