Posted by Kate on November 07, 1999 at 19:44:09:
In Reply to: Re: Ol' Chatty Natty posted by Chris on November 07, 1999 at 15:17:26:
: : Hi, Dana!
: : 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)
: Hi Marcia,
: I was glad to hear you say that what caught your attention in the book was more the scenery than the characters. I was totally drawn into the place, but found myself having a hard time feeling much at all for the characters. The area described is near where I spent a lot of my childhood, and the descriptions just yanked me right back in time. No, not quite the early 1700s. I'm not *that* old yet. I think that was what first appealed to me about the movie too. NC did a good enough job of portraying NY that it took me back to my childhood fantasies- dashing heroes saving damsals in distress, etc.
: Back to the book... BTW how many chapters were we supposed to read?
Priorities here - how's the shoulder? Hope you are resting up and holding a book is not too taxing? :0)
Seriously, hope you are now on the mend - take it easy, girl!
Back to the book - I was really glad to hear your opinion of the characters! I was having a hard time getting to grips with those two guys - one's racist comments driving me nuts and the other's 'goodness' seeming to be so limitless!
Like you and Marcia, the scenery has been the most appealing part of the book for me so far. I too, grew up by the 'glimmerglass' (not in the NY 'area' but Canadian countryside very similar to that described). Those descriptions took me right back in time, too, to childish games of 'Hawkeye' and 'Daniel Boone' played in woodland just like that described.
'Deerslayer' and I have that love of the wilderness in common and that is one of his traits that I can admire. I am comforted, though, by Gayle's comments that the characters DO become a little easier to 'like', with contradictions in their characters that allow us to see a 'more normal' side of them, rather than one being 'abnormally' good and one 'exceedingly' bad.
Sounds like I am not enjoying the book - well, 't'aint so! I truly am. In fact - I'm off to enjoy another chapter before 'bedding down' for the night.
Take care, everyone.
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