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The Pioneers Book Review Summary

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The fourth of the Leatherstocking novels, we find Leatherstocking (Natty Bumppo) entering the last stages of his life. He has lost a great deal of his effectiveness with his musket and now relies a great deal on his dog to help him hunting. The main focus is one two things: 1. the reinstatement of Natty's old commander (from Last of the Mohicans) in his properties and wealth in the new US (he had lost them as a result of the revolution) while believing he is the victim of treachery by his old friend - the judge in this story (he wasn't, but it comes out in the development of the plot); and 2. Natty's struggle with and disgust about the developing societal rules that limit his freedom in hunting, trapping and fishing in the wilderness as he has his whole life. Good story on both accounts.
This report prepared by Kelly Whiting








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   very upbeat Time/era of story:    -   19th century Exploring into the wild    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   surviving elements in wilderness    -   trouble with tribes Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   explorer Age:    -   40's-50's

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing on trails    -   falling off Forest?    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   peddle boat    -   swimming on Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm    -   ranch Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   dumb rednecks, like Gomer Pyle    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids Misc setting    -   prison    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   flamed    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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