"she pulled out The Last of the Mohicans"
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 The Last of the Mohicans is a novel by American writer James Fenimore Cooper, first publish in 1826.

Set in 1757, during the French and Indian War, the story follows Nathanial 'Natty' Bumppo and two Native American Indians, Chinganchook and his son, Uncas, who is the titular last of the Mohicans. Their adventures follow an abduction narrative, as they try to free two English women, daughters of Colonel Munro, from a tribe of Hurons, led by the villianous Magua.

Cooper takes real places, characters and events, and weaves the story with imagination. This use of realism and imagination echoes Micheal Ondaatje's own use of fact and fiction in the construction of The English Patient.

The themes of The Last of the Mohicans also echo the themes of The English Patient. Both novels are concerned with notions of nationality, identity and loyalty.

Read The Last of the Mohicans at Project Gutenburg.

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