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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Paperback – December 26, 2014
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Abridged but not rewritten, the classic tale is decorated with a plethora of very small, comically gothic cartoons that add an air of spooky grotesquerie. An overall color scheme of pale browns and oranges adds a properly autumnal air to Sleepy Hollow's knobby woodlands, and the supporting cast includes nearly as many ghosts, toothy imps and the like as it does human figures. Grimly's not much for verisimilitude - party guests at the Van Tassels include African-Americans, and there's a glimpse of a generic Native American earlier on - but burly "rantipole hero" Brom Bones looks rightly massive next to the exaggeratedly gawky figure of Ichabod Crane. The Headless Horseman not only sports a particularly eerie-looking twig between its shoulders but rides a red-eyed, demonic steed, and in three views on the final page the decayed schoolhouse has a decidedly haunted air. Still, this is not a particularly scary rendition, and because its text is chopped into scattered, easily digestible passages tucked between or inside the panels, it may have more appeal to less-able readers than full versions. (Fantasy. 10-12) (Kirkus Reviews) --Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Alice Hoffman is the author of fourteen novels, including Practical Magic, Turtle Moon, Local Girls, Here on Earth, The River King, and Blue Diary. She lives in Massachusetts.
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The stories included: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle, The Spectre Bridegroom, The Mutability of Literature, Westminster Abbey, The Wife, Mountjoy, Adventure of the German Student, Adventure of the Mysterious Stranger, The Adventure of my Uncle, The Adventure of my Aunt, The Story of the Young Italian & The Devil and Tom Walker.
I was very pleasantly surprised. I've not read anything else by Washington Irving. The story is simple; the prose is easy to read but in spots is downright beautiful. Some of the scenic descriptions border on poetry. Irving writes with a dry sense of humor; and he has faith in the reader's ability to connect the dots, so he doesn't spell everything out.
It's a short read - in print I guess it would be 30 to 40 pages. One GREAT thing about reading it on Kindle is having the dictionary function, as there were a number of archaic terms with which I was not familiar.
I give it 5 stars for the combination of price and quality of writing. If you'd like some good writing, a peek into America (upstate New York) at the end of the 18th century, and a little wit, go ahead and grab it - especially if it's free!
There's one other "supposed" spirit of Sleepy Hollow that one would be hard-pressed to forget and that's the protagonist of this story. Perhaps no other character in literature is described as well as Ichabod Crane. We're able to know everything about him simply from a few printed words. He's an interesting mixture of ambition and meekness, unlike his counterpart in the Disney adaptation that is only meekness. I can see why Disney left out the ambition of the Ichabod Crane character though, because it's limited to nothing more than endless hearty meals. The man loves to eat more than anybody I've ever seen, and is willing to go against the toughest brute in Tarry Town to fulfill this uncommonly strong desire. But you know, why not? Most grown men desire gold, women, or religous fulfillment; Ichabod wants food. Is it really all that ridiculous of an ambition? I may find it somewhat childish, like the chocolate bit in the Willy Wonka story, but perhaps it shouldn't be. Food is good. Witchcraft is scary. Both are interesting to Ichabod. He's an educated man allowing his life to be guided by these simple ideals, and a part of me is tempted to follow in his footsteps.
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Very disappointed to find out that a good amount of the story has been cut out.Read more