Re: Ol' Chatty Natty

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Posted by Gayle on November 07, 1999 at 10:53:20:

In Reply to: Re: Ol' Chatty Natty posted by MMMMarcia on November 07, 1999 at 10:10:14:

: : : Dana writes:
: : : : While reading Deerslayer, I can't help but think about all of these shows. The same with reading LOTM. So many scenes Cooper descibes, I have seen in one show or another. If I didn't know any better, I would think Cooper had watched all these shows right along with us.

: : : : My "romantic self" is smitten with Natty B. What a guy! No Hollywood Hero will ever come close...well, maybe Fess Parker's Dan'l.

: : : So you like Ol' Chatty Natty, eh, Dana? Myself, I like the silent type, like Nathaniel Poe. Perhaps that's because I'm so dadgum chatty my OWN self! ;o)

: : : MMMM

: :
: : There is a lot of interesting dialogue in Deerslayer, MMMMarcia. One gets to know what Hurry Harry and Natty think about the issues while also getting those wonderful word paintings of Glimmerglass. Hurry Harry sticks his foot in his mouth more than I do, however, he doesn't seem to notice. And, like Gayle mentioned earlier, the tours through the abodes of the Hutters...I didn't just FEEL like I was there, I WANTED to be there. All that information in just the first three chapter's, and it was completely painless!

: : Dana

: Hi, Dana!

: I read The Deerslayer a few months ago, and enjoyed reading it. But I still don't see Natty as "my" hero. Too talky for me. What I loved most about the book are the descriptions of the land & lake. I could just see the Glimmerglass, and the wonderful abode in the center of it. I want to live in a house like that...except for I want mine to have hot & cold running water, electric lights, and a microwave! ;o)

: I'm glad you are enjoying the book. Miss Gaylee must be in 7th Heaven! When you guys are ready to start LOTM, I'll start with you.

: MMMMarcia

Dear MMMMarcia,

I could probably do with cooking my food and and heating the water over a fireplace and lighting with candles, but I MUST have a washer/dryer hookup. Other than that, Muskrat Castle sounds pretty comfortable to me, too. I like the idea of being able to swim off the front porch.

Got to admit, Natty does a lot less talking and a lot more trudging about and fighting in The Last of the Mohicans. When he does say something, it's usually with a sneer. However, the scenery is even more gorgeous. It's a good book to read with a map of New York at hand, too - not a road atlas map, but a real topographical map. That way you can see exactly where the scenes are that Cooper described, and even follow the exact route to the Delaware and Iroquois camps and the cliffs at the end of the story.

In the meantime, since you've read The Deerslayer, what did you think of Uncas's mother? Didn't you think she was a pretty strong character?


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