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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Mohawks , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Part 3 of 3. All is revealed, with a bittersweet ending. An entertaining read. Jan 04, Jill rated it it was ok. This is the first book I've ever read in order to figure out the title. I was a good way in before the word "Mohawk" appeared.
It's a gentleman's club. I should have guessed, because in Trail of the Serpent , there is a club called the Cheerful Cherokees, or the Cheerfuls for short. I don't know if this was a vogue of the time in England or just a whim of the author's to name clubs after Native American t This is the first book I've ever read in order to figure out the title.
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I don't know if this was a vogue of the time in England or just a whim of the author's to name clubs after Native American tribes, but judged by modern standards, it's more than mildly distasteful. I admit I am sick of stories in which an innocent, angelic girl grows up in complete seclusion, a treasure of virginal innocence, beauty and exquisite musical ability and then the instant she "escapes the nursery" falls in love with literally the first young man she has ever seen.
Contrast with her limited, no, nonexistent experience of the lascivious, back-stabbing, petty, selfish Real World described with shockingly incorrigible nonchalance by the worldly characters in the book, and I'm even more anxious than her father to keep Rena away from treasure hunters. Actually, I thought that Rena and Herrick were the main characters in this story, but Braddon gives much more exertion, development and page time to Lavendale and Judith.
There is no organization here. If Kurt Vonnegut could have spent an hour talking with Braddon, I feel this book could have been vastly improved and hugely shortened. KV rule 4: Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.
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She writes oceans of words that do nothing except fill up a parlor. Now, I know that describing a setting is important, but about a dozen parties take place in this novel—each more inane than the last—and they are all described in precise detail from what jewels the ladies are wearing to the meal that they eat to the style of the furniture to the paintings on the cabinets to the lace on the tables to the teapots and the spoons.
And the characters. I get it. At one point, the King dies and is replaced by his son which had nothing to do with the story, but was a historical fact and might as well be included. She spent page after page writing about how various people in society were affected by the transition.
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And many more. I believe some of these people are actual historical figures, but I have no idea which ones. Even less do I know why Braddon felt the need to write about gossip concerning people who have nothing to do with Herrick, Rena, Judith or Lavendale in the middle of their story. These people love with a kind of malicious fervor.
Like a bad soap opera, it's divine, transcendent love one moment and fiery loathing the next. Fidelity is an ideal only when it's faithfulness to oneself. No one seems to care who they hurt, but if my lover hurts me , he shall feel my retribution! Real faithfulness and goodness are considered dullness in this world of intrigue.
BUT if Rena lives happily ever after and Judith wastes away in fallen shame, well, who experienced more of life? Which brings me to my last point. There is a surprising modernness in the treatment of women's rights here. Their tender young hearts are won by their handsome suitors and they put on a white gown and get married and step seamlessly and joyously into their new role as wife and mother. The end. But Braddon's heroines are flesh-and-blood people who dare to find discontentment in their lives however married and babied they become. I may detest Judith, but she does what she wants like a modern woman in control of her own lady parts.
And yeah, she makes some terribly bad choices and ends up wasting away and unhappy… but maybe the point Braddon is attempting to make here is that a life lived somewhere between Rena and Judith is the real ideal. But Judith is—to use a word that was WAY overused in the novel—a profligate. She goes through life indulging every whim and throwing her love about as casually as crumbs and discovers at last that her life is empty.
So… modern girls… what have we learned? Overall, this is an entertaining read, especially if you have interest in the history of the area. One person found this helpful. An easy read that gives a sense of devastation of the Revolutionary War on the New York frontier. Stalin is supposed to have said that a single death is a tragedy, a million deaths a statistic. So when Richard Berleth in "Bloody Mohawk" whites: "Refugees returning to the Mohawk Valley in the period between and found hardly a barn or house standing from Fonda to German Flats.
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Their homestead is in Deerfield, a community consisting of a handful of settlers near the end of white settlement on the Mohawk River. Their isolation invites an early raid that burns the homes and barns and displaces the entire community to a slightly more secure fort down river. History tends to teach the Revolutionary War as a series of strategic events, however on the frontier the guerilla war was a constant struggle, often fought between former neighbors. Although the Martins and their neighbors are fictional the events closely follow history as do the names, and personalities of leaders.
If you are interested in the history of this period I don't think you will be disappointed.
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I have grown up watching the movie made from this wonderful book, starring Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert, Ward Bond to name a few. I never knew what a wonderfully engaging and emotion filled story it came from. What you never get to see in the movie, though it is still one of my favorites, is the real depth of passion Gil and Lana have for each other, though the film makes an admirable attempt at it.
Some of the characters you thought you knew will surprise you It's a book I know I will read again with as much enjoyment as I did this first time. Historically, this book is right on. I never like reading about battles and military strategy, but I have a feeling the accounts are historically accurate to a detail. Some of the language is even archaic enough that I had to use my dictionary, and some of the words weren't in the dictionary at all.
The depiction of the Indians of this area and time would be nothing short of politically incorrect, but probably accurate? The eloquent descriptions of revolutionary, wild New York state countryside, survival in the wilderness, and early pioneer farm life are the best thing about it. Aside from skimming the battle discussions, I really enjoyed this book. Great novel that includes vivid picture of life in a very ignored period of American History, the revolutionary war in the remote Mohawk Valley of New York. Edmonds carefully researched every aspect of the way of life using original sources.
The result is a very absorbing story that is authentic and believable. While picturing very effectively the American patriots living on the frontier and left to defend against the British and their native American allies, he manages to cover the positions of those on both sides of the question.
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His characters are all richly drawn and engaging. This deserves to be considered a classic. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. Part of the western frontier during this period was around the Mohawk River valley in New York State. The interactions between farming families, native Americans, British soldiers and colonial recruits provided quite a dramatic and exciting listening experience.
Life on the frontier during the Revolutionary War was full of danger. The brave settlers had to be resourceful and independent since they were isolated from the regular soldiers of the Continental Army. They had to develop a system of alerting each other to the dangers of attack from the British and their Indian allies.
Leaving their homes and seeking shelter in the closest fort was the only way to survive even though they had to constantly rebuild their properties. The movie follows the book very well and describes the dangerous situations in which the characters find themselves in detail. This is a classic that never grows old. If you want to understand what frontier life in upper New York state during the Revolutionary War was like, this is your book.
There were no safe spaces in this world. Exciting, fast paced read that you can't put down. The everyday person in this environment was a hero. See all 69 reviews. There's a problem loading this menu right now.
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