Introduzione di Goffredo Fofi
Traduzione di Cristina Rivaroli
L’ultimo dei Mohicani (1826) è il più noto dei romanzi del ciclo avventuroso conosciuto col titolo I racconti di Calza di Cuoio. Vi si narrano, sullo sfondo della brutale guerra coloniale tra Francia e Gran Bretagna nel selvaggio Nord America alla metà del Settecento, le imprese di Natty Bumppo, soprannominato appunto “Calza di cuoio” o “Occhio di falco”: un cacciatore bianco, un pioniere in fuga dalla civiltà che ha scelto di vivere in perfetta simbiosi con la foresta, di cui conosce ogni segreto, e di condividere i costumi e i valori degli indiani, a cominciare dal rigoroso rispetto della natura. Un rapporto di leale amicizia lo lega al vecchio capo pellerossa Chingachgook, ultimo sopravvissuto della nobile stirpe dei guerrieri mohicani, e al figlio di questi, Uncas, che sarà protagonista di un eroico tentativo di difendere gli inglesi assediati in un fortino dai soldati francesi. Con questo romanzo di frontiera, Cooper inaugura il filone epico della letteratura nazionale creando l’archetipo dell’eroe americano in bilico tra natura e civiltà, innocenza e progresso, un mito narrativo che eserciterà un profondo influsso su tutta la successiva letteratura nonché sul cinema.
- ISBN: 8811360781
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 464
If time travel were possible, I'd go back in time and assassinate James Fenimore Cooper before he ever put pen to paper (in this imaginary scenario, let it be known that I also possess mad ninja skills). Why do I hate Cooper so much? Let me count the ways: 1) His never-ending description of every roc Leggi tutto
What can one say about Cooper? His historical imagination is profound, his creative use of the gothic landscape is uniquely American, and his influence on plot and characterization in American fiction--including, I recently discovered, South American fiction--is pervasive and extensive. Yet his dict Leggi tutto
I was always a big fan of the 1992 Michael Mann film starring Daniel Day Lewis, and so I finally read the original. First of all, that movie is loosely based upon the book and it turns out Mann never even read the original but based his film on the 1936 film script. Cooper published the work in 1826 Leggi tutto
Very popular in its time, The Last of the Mohicans is a historical fiction written in the 1820s and set in the 1750s during the French and Indian War in which a small party of British colonists and their Indian guides journey through the upstate New York wilderness defending themselves from their Fr Leggi tutto
Have you ever wondered what life was like during the American frontier era of the early 1800's, before civilization encroached upon its wildness and beauty? If so, you might consider reading this first book in Cooper's "Leatherstocking Tales." Cooper's account was realistic and informative as he had Leggi tutto
Cooper was a prolific writer with something like 40 novels to his credit, most written in the early 19th century. The Last of the Mohicans is his best known work and was popular in America as well as Europe. It's a frontier adventure story with a hint of romance to it, but Cooper's portrayal of Indi Leggi tutto
Plot: 1. Hack your way through the forest. 2. Get ambushed by Mohicans. 3. Kill a bunch of Mohicans. 4. Hack your way through more forest. 5. There are those damn Mohicans again. 6. Kill a bunch more Mohicans. 7. start over at #1. Somebody explain to me how this ever got to be a classic.
This is another famous book that most people only seem to know through the movie version. While the movie was quite good-the book is truly a wonder. First a little bit of real history-during 1755, in the middle of the French-Indian Wars, Sir William Johnson decided to build a Fort in the New York pr Leggi tutto
Note: I've just edited this review slightly to correct a chronological typo. When I read this book the first time, I was nine, not seven years old --I knew, when I wrote the first draft of this review, that I was in 4th grade the first time, so I don't know what I was thinking when I typed "seven!" T Leggi tutto
“Mislike me not, for my complexion, the sad owed livery of the burnished sun.” When you first open Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper this is one of the first things you read. This quote from Shakespeare seems to state that the book will not show the racist tendencies of the time, but d Leggi tutto
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