Thursday, August 04, 2016

Book 23: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

TITLE: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
AUTHOR: Washington Irving
STARTED: July 21, 2016
FINISHED: July 25, 2016
PAGES: 112
GENRE: Literature

FIRST SENTENCE: In the bosom of one of those spacious coves which indent the eastern shore of the Hudson, at that broad expansion of the river denominated by the ancient Dutch navigators the Tappan Zee, and where they always prudently shortened sail and implored the protect of St. Nicholas when they crossed, there lies a small market-town or rural port which by some is called Greensburg, but is more generally and properly known by the name of Tarry Town.

SUMMARY: [From BN] Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow first appeared in 1819. In the generations that have followed, this tall tale of Ichabod Crane's terrifying yet hilarious encounter with the Headless Horseman has become so popular that it has passed into American folklore. In 1928, a new edition of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was issued, featuring enchanting paintings and drawings by world-renowned illustrator Arthur Rackharn. To this day, many consider Rackham's the definitive illustrations for Irving's high-spirited tale. Now a new generation of readers and listeners can fall under the spell of Irving's story and Rackham's pictures. This edition of the complete, unedited text faithfully reproduces all eight of Rackham's colorful paintings, twenty-four of his pen and-ink drawings, and his colorful end papers. Here you will meet the tall, gangly Ichabod Crane, the schoolmaster who is as much in love with Katrina Van Tassel's fortune as he is with the beautiful Katrina herself. You will also meet Ichabod's rival, the hotblooded brawler and prankster Brom Bones. And you can decide for yourself if Ichabod Crane really met the Headless Horseman on that dark, lonely road late one night. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a fine blend of comedy and the supernatural for the whole family.

THOUGHTS: Not gonna lie, the entire time I was reading this, I was thinking about Disney's animated version. It's a great little story, it just takes a few pages to get used to ye olde writing style. I should have saved this for Halloween.

RATING: 7/10 [Very Good]

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