Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Top 10 global adventure stories

Anthony McGowan is the author of highly acclaimed and multi-award-winning novels and children’s stories.

For the Guardian, he named his top ten global adventure stories.

One title on the list:
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper

Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales are my favourite escapist literature. Spanning the second half of the 18th century, they are, of course, full of battles against the pernicious French and the ruthless Iroquois, fought in the endless forest of the American/Canadian borderlands; but they also carry a huge emotional weight, as Natty Bumppo and his Mohican companion Chingachgook move from glorious youth, to tragic old age. The greatest of them is The Last of the Mohicans, with its abductions, massacres, and hot canoe pursuits, all taking place in a landscape of epic beauty and grandeur.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Last of the Mohicans also appears on John Mullan's lists of ten of the best bows and arrows in literature and ten of the best green stories in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue