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Homeward Bound

James Fenimore Cooper

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. . .I am amazed that such a question should be put by a gentleman of your information, in an age like this!"

"If one man is as good as another," said Mr. Blunt, who perceived that John Effingham was biting his lips, a sign that something more biting would follow,--"will you do me the favour to inform me, why the country puts itself to the trouble and expense of the annual elections?"

"Elections, sir! In what manner could free institutions flourish or be maintained, without constantly appealing to the people, the only true sources of power?"

"To this I make no objections, Mr. Dodge," returned the young man, smiling; "but why an election; if one man is as good as another, a lottery would be cheaper, easier, and sooner settled. Why an election, or even a lottery at all? why not choose the President as the Persians chose their king, by the neighing of a horse?

"This would be indeed an extraordinary mode of proceeding for an intelligent and vir. . . Read More

Community Reviews

There’s an absolutely wild range of subjects in this book. Some of it was awful and some of it was great so I just picked a middle rating to be the average.

Apparently, James Fenimore Cooper didn't know how to keep a novel short and snappy, and this one is no exception, with the sequel a continuation of the story. Although you could read this book in isolation and be entertained, you'll be left wanting at the end because-it's only half the story, albeit

A few wealthy Brits and Americans set sail from London to New York in 1835. Their small ship goes astray which leads to harrowing adventures on the African coast. Some great characters, especially Captain Truck and Jack Effingham. A fun read with a lot of tense excitement--typical Cooper dramatics.