Posted by Gayle on October 06, 1998 at 10:33:41:
In Reply to: Re: Apples and Oranges posted by Ilse on October 06, 1998 at 08:46:34:
: Thanks Gayle,
: You will not get any counter-arguments from me, though, your explanation is very convincing. I read the book years ago, and seem to have forgotten many details! I should go back to reading instead of watching. :))
The most difficult part about Cooper is that there are so so so many many many details, that it is difficult to remember them from page to page let alone over a period of time. I will never understand how Cooper kept all his own specifics straight enough to weave them and follow up on them so accurately through all five of the books. This is the main reason I have so much trouble with the idea that he wrote The Pioneers and The Prairie and then developed the rest of the books later. Everything was too well welded together and interdependent from The Deerslayer through The Prairie to support that casual an approach. Yet it is from Cooper's own mouth that we have it.
Mann did a marvelous job of selective extraction. Even a Cooper purist can't deny that he told a great story. But for readers, it does create some confusion.
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