The Prairie: A Tale is the third vel written by James Fenimore Cooper in what is kwn as the Leatherstocking Tales. Chrologically, it is actually the fifth vel in the series, however it was originally published before The Pathfinder and The Deerslayer. The vel tells the tale of the final days of the trapper (referred to in The Prairie by only this name), who is kwn to be the character Nathaniel Natty Bumppo of Cooper's other vels. Modern movie fans will be familiar with the Leatherstocking Tales and Natty Bumppo through The Last of the Mohicans, the 1992 film starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Hawkeye (ather alias of Natty Bumppo). The Prairie finds the trapper as more of a periphery character, with greater focus given to several other characters. Cooper's vel presents both white settlers and the native Indian tribes in a fairly stereotypical light. The idea of the ble savage is certainly alive and well, t only in this vel, but throughout The Leatherstocking Tales. The plot itself is also fairly slow moving. While the descriptive language and the beautiful picture it can sometimes paint is to be appreciated, this book is simply overly deliberate in its pacing a time. You may find yourself trudging through parts of the book in order to get to the few action sequences that were the highlights. Ultimately, those that have invested time in Cooper's other works will likely want to read The Prairie, if only to learn the final fate of Natty Bumppo. For those simply interested in a story of westward expansion and the American frontier, there are certainly better, more captivating, reads available. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.