In the Dutch settlement of Tarry Town, New York, in a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane arrives to educate the children of the region. This lanky schoolmaster from Connecticut fancies the idea of marrying the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter of a wealthy farmer, but there is a problem with his plan. Abraham “Brom Bones” Van Brunt, the town rowdy, has already set his heart on marrying her.
This romantic rivalry climaxes one autumn night with the appearance of the legendary Headless Horseman, allegedly the ghost of a Hessian trooper who lost his head to a cannonball during the Revolutionary War. Every night he rides through the woods to the scene of the battle in search of his head.
Since this story’s first appearance in 1820, generations of readers, young and old, have thrilled to the headless horseman galloping through the haunted woods of Sleepy Hollow. The rollicking tale of Ichabod Crane and his ill-fated courtship of Katrina Van Tassel has become a classic ghost story.
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“[This story’s] unprecedented success allowed Irving to devote himself to a career as a professional author.” (Encyclopedia of Literature)
A flawless combination of narration and writing. Anthony Heald brings out the meter, rhythm and nuance of this short but perfect text. Washington Irving would have been pleased.
I was unprepared for how short this story was, but I still loved it immensely. Short, dense, but easily digestible and the narration is brilliant. Nothing fancy but it keeps you interested.
Washington Irving is very descriptive as he paints a beautiful and vivid picture of the characters and especially the environment. The narrator Anthony Heald does a good job of making the tone feel old world leisurely. That is until the Sleepy Hollow legends become all too real.
"It's ok. Just expected more"
I guess it's because I've seen some great adaptations of this classic story, but it just wasn't gripping. There's nothing wrong with it per se, but I doubt I'll listen to it again.
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