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May Books 9) Ivanhoe

9) Ivanhoe, by Walter Scott

This is one of those "I've given up on this book" posts. I've given up on this book. Scott never uses one word where five would do. And when Ivanhoe was revealed, about a quarter of the way in, I realised I had forgotten who he was supposed to be. This has been my traffic jam reading on my Palm T|X for the last week or so, but I'm switching to The Last of the Mohicans instead.


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May. 19th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
I remember reading Ivanhoe in Junior High...but I don't remember the story beyond the basics...
Anything by Cooper is good though...the nice thing about the "Leatherstocking Tales" is that the stories are usually short enough but with enough action to keep an interest...
Have you read any of CS Forester's "Hornblower" series? Very different subjects, of course... but taken in small bites (chapters as installments)just as satisfying...
I believe that Roddenberry used Cap. Hornblower as a direct inspiration for James T Kirk...
...ah, the wonders of stream of consciousness..
May. 19th, 2006 05:26 am (UTC)
Go to bed, man!

(I haven't read any Forrester. We'll see if I bounce off Cooper as I did with Scott.)
May. 19th, 2006 05:49 am (UTC)
Go to bed, man!
Aye-aye, Cap't!
May. 19th, 2006 08:08 am (UTC)
Rather than Hornblower, read the Aubrey/Maturin books by Patrick O'Brian. They are distinctly better.
The first one is less good than most of the others. #2 is superb, then the quality is generally high or very high until you get to about #12 or so.
May. 19th, 2006 07:43 am (UTC)
Can't be doing with Scott. Yet another reason why I chose Med & Ren English. No Victorian novels! Although, after seeing several film versions it is interesting to read the actual fight scene at the end. Bois-Guilbert's actual death is one of the most deeply unsatisfying pieces of literary climax ever but is most revealing about the author's attitudes. As a teaching tool it meshes quite well with Tennyson's Arthurian poems but you should have more fun with Last of the Mohicans even though there is an awful lot of verbiage in that too.
May. 19th, 2006 09:55 am (UTC)
Can't stick Scott either. Never got all the way through anything. In Rob Roy the eponym doesn't even appear until two thirds the way through the book. There's a terible feel that he's making it up as he gos along, with no clear sense of story (or feel for language).

I second the Aubrey/Maturin suggestion, I got hooked this time last year and I'm on book 15 at the moment: it does take while to get the series going --for me they hit their peak in Desolation Island, which has one of the few pieces of writing to make me go 'fuck me!' in public (on a train). Those who've read it will know what I mean.

Particlarly interesting is O'Brian's subtle discourse on Maturin's Catholicism and Irish Nationalism --Maturin is related to Lord Edward Fitzgerald, yet serves in the RN out of a political loathing for Buonaparte's imperialism. And the humour is delightful...
May. 22nd, 2006 11:55 am (UTC)
You've started Last of the Mohicans? You haven't read this, then http://users.telerama.com/~joseph/cooper/cooper.html
May. 22nd, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC)
In fairness, it's not actually about The Last of the Mohicans. But it is funny!
Feb. 19th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
It helps to register that the posh stuff mostly indicates the are speaking French (not always tho, he forgets once or twice).
Nov. 9th, 2011 12:21 pm (UTC)
See my revised opinion several years later.
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