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Home as Found   By: (1789-1851)

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Home as Found by James Fenimore Cooper is a compelling novel that delves into the themes of national identity, role of women, and the contradictions of the American Dream. Set against the backdrop of a rapidly changing America in the early 19th century, Cooper masterfully weaves together a story that is both thought-provoking and suspenseful.

The plot revolves around the return of the protagonist, Richard, to his ancestral home in New York after spending years in Europe. Unfamiliar with the changes that have taken place during his absence, Richard becomes entangled in a web of political and social turmoil. Through Richard's eyes, Cooper explores the tensions between European influences and American values, creating a nuanced portrayal of a country struggling to define itself.

One of the book's strongest aspects is the complex portrayal of female characters. Cooper challenges traditional gender roles by presenting women who are intelligent, assertive, and passionate about the fight for social justice. This is particularly evident in the character of Grace, Richard's sister, who becomes a symbol of the changing role of women in society. Her journey from a sheltered young woman to an independent thinker exemplifies Cooper's progressive ideals.

Cooper's writing style is evocative and rich in detail, painting vivid pictures of the landscapes and architecture of America. His descriptions transport the reader to another time and place, immersing them in the sights, sounds, and emotions of the story. Moreover, his use of dialogue is skillful, capturing the nuances of each character's voice and adding depth to their interactions.

However, at times the narrative feels overly dense with historical and political references, which may be overwhelming for some readers. Additionally, the pacing of the story can be slow, particularly in the first half of the book, as Cooper takes his time establishing the societal and political context. However, for those willing to invest in the story, the payoff is rewarding.

Overall, Home as Found is a thought-provoking and engaging read that tackles important themes of national identity, women's roles, and the pursuit of the American Dream. Cooper's complex characters and beautifully descriptive writing make this a novel that lingers in the mind long after the final page is turned.

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Home as Found.

Sequel to "Homeward Bound."

By J. Fenimore Cooper.

Complete in one volume.


"Thou art perfect." PR. HON


Those who have done us the favour to read "Homeward Bound" will at once perceive that the incidents of this book commence at the point where those of the work just mentioned ceased. We are fully aware of the disadvantage of dividing the interest of a tale in this manner; but in the present instance, the separation has been produced by circumstances over which the writer had very little control. As any one who may happen to take up this volume will very soon discover that there is other matter which it is necessary to know it may be as well to tell all such persons, in the commencement, therefore, that their reading will be bootless, unless they have leisure to turn to the pages of Homeward Bound for their cue.

We remember the despair with which that admirable observer of men, Mr. Mathews the comedian, confessed the hopelessness of success, in his endeavours to obtain a sufficiency of prominent and distinctive features to compose an entertainment founded on American character. The whole nation struck him as being destitute of salient points, and as characterized by a respectable mediocrity, that, however useful it might be in its way, was utterly without poetry, humour, or interest to the observer... Continue reading book >>

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