The Spy by James Fenimore Cooper

The Spy reminds me of A Tale of Two Cities, which ultimately leads to the fact that you will be upset with the ending(it really needs an alternate ending section).
Brief summary(as few people have ever heard of Le Espion): Harvey Birch is an American spy during the Revolutionary War.

 He has done such a good job pretending to be on the British side that the Americans put a bounty on him.

 Henry Wharton is, how shall we say, not the brightest redcoat in the bunch. And Dunwoodie makes for a sorry reb. The story centers on these three, and a certain mysterious figure who shows up once in a while. Harvey is the centerpiece(being the spy, of course); like a queen on a chessboard taking out pawns, bishops and rooks- occasionally cornered but never caught. 😉
Reasons I love it:
#1. Harvey Birch is my hero. He’s a gentleman, brave, unwavering and just plain awesome!
#2. Dr. Sitgreaves’ and Captain Lawton’s conversations are along the line of Jo’s and mine. My no-sugar-ever ideas and her love of sugar are reminiscent of Sitgreaves’ medical knowledge and Lawton’s fear of such.
#3. Adventure! Harvey is captured , escapes(repeat). Dunwoodie and Wharton also have a bad habit of getting caught.
#4. Captain Lawton’s sudden change of heart- rather funny, yet sweet.
#5. Poor Sarah. I declare, women those days had like no stamina. Leastways the highborn ladies(maybe due to the tight corsets). And could they faint!
#6. The servants’ conversations were highly entertaining.
#7. Harvey’s humble attitude near the end is so sad- in a good way.
#8. Based on a true story.

This is one of my favorite books ever! So definitely five books. Though there are a few things I didn’t exactly love in the book:
#1. The romance, a tad strange at times. Frances and Isabella both loving Dunwoodie….eh, okay. Though I do wonder how Cooper felt about killing off Isabella.
#2. Cooper has a habit of overdoing prose at times- his scene descriptions sometimes last a few(or several) paragraphs. But plod on, you can make it through!
#3. Come on, Cooper! Give Harvey a little credit! Tell everyone he’s a good guy!
Happy reading!

 

The Spy by James Fenimore Cooper

This is the story about Harvey Birch,a fictional character in the book,but some think that  Enoch Crosby was the man that Cooper styled Harvey after. (Enoch Crosby’s story is quite interesting as well)
This story is set during the revolutionary war, in which Harvey Birch(the spy) must play both sides to get the information the Americans need.He must  be careful that the American army doesn’t know he works for them,(Except for the one general that collects the information he brings in) and as a result, is always being hunted by the very army he works for!
I’m not going to spoil it by saying too much,but I will say that you really do feel sorry for poor Harvey. He was so sweet, and intelligent, and Wharton and Dunwoodie were such ding dongs. They had no brains it seemed at times in the book, while Harvey got them out of their scrapes with ease.
Why I think that those two were either, a; walking around with paper bags over their heads or b; just not very sharp at all, is because I could have been able to get out of the predicaments they got themselves into, if I got myself into them(And that’s saying something!).
If it seems I’m focusing on Harvey the most, it’s because he’s the main character.
It is kinda mushy at times, which is a flaw, but it’s still worth the read.
No curse words, no bad scenes, etc.
I give it three and a half books for a well done, good, but sad, story!
(My favorites are usually classic novels written quite a few years ago.)

 

 

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