Posted by Gayle on November 10, 1999 at 19:15:12:
For those who are continuing to read through The Deerslayer in anticipation of our next scintillating melee of ideas, I started thinking about how we all enjoy transporting ourselves into the unspoiled scenery of the frontier, and it occurred to me that there is another enjoyable facet to this fantasy - this is a world entirely without clocks. There are times when the action, or inaction as the case may be, seems to drift through time and space, and I lose all sense of how much time actually elapses. Sometimes it is hard to relate to the characters, because they have so little time structure to their lives. Is this one of the things that makes it so difficult for modern readers to connect with these books - the sense of impatience with how things move along?
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