The Prairie

The Prairie (1827) is the last in Cooper’s trilogy of ‘Leatherstocking Tales’ and as The Last of the Mohicans before it follows the adventures of our hero Natty Bumppo who is now an old man living on the frontier and recounting old tales of the West. As important as Natty is the character of the ludicrous Dr. Bat who spends his time trying to discover new animals and plants in the prairie despite his apparent medical qualifications and he comes across as quite ridiculous - mistaking his own donkey for a new species for instance. His attempts at providing medical advice prove somewhat pathetic and show how little was thought of his kind at this period in American history and in the westward movement. There is plenty of quite improbable action and treks across the land, but critics’ tendency to rubbish the unlikely in Cooper’s fiction mislead us. This is a style that needs to be taken on its own terms and with a degree of submission to the Sioux and buffalo subplots and extraneous characters.

Table of contents
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34

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