Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!
All American children grow up with Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hallow" (1820). It's told and retold; excerpted, condensed and bowdlerized; and made into movies, comic books, cartoons, and even a television series. It's possible to know - or think you know - the story without actually ever reading it.
Not actually reading or listening to "Sleepy Hollow" is like only reading Reader's Digest Condensed Books. You get the general plot - but miss the elegant writing and nuanced foreshadowing.
Irving's stories of Dutch New York stand the test of time. "Sleepy Hollow" and his 1819 "Rip Van Winkle" evoke an agrarian time and place that disappeared nearly two centuries ago. Irving's descriptions of the land make a map in your mind clearer than any Google Street View. As Irving explains, "Local tales and superstitions thrive best in these sheltered, long settled retreats . . ."
Ichabod Crane, the schoolmaster, in his thin, scarecrow-like appearance, comes to life, courting the most eligible young lady in the land, the beautiful and wealthy and landed Katrina Von Tassel. And the headless horseman - the dead Hessian soldier who haunts the land? In Irving's hands, he's both ethereal and eerie.
It's a wonderful story and Tom Mison's narration is good, but the rhythm was a bit choppy.
It's definitely worth the time to listen.
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