The Legend of Sleepy Hollow


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Oh, there is one problem though. There's this other guy named Brom and he wants to kill Ichabod for taking his lady. Ichabod lies low for a while because, you know, he doesn't want to die, but then something amazing happens. There's a party at his lady's place and he is invited. He gets dressed up, sprays on his finest Axe Body Spray 19th-century edition , and heads off on his borrowed steed.

The party is hoppin', but when it's over, his lady dumps him. Ichabod is making his way home, crying all the way, when he meets the Headless Horseman. Ichabod goes nuts trying to get away from him, and when he finally thinks that he's safe, the Headless Horseman throws his head at him, and knocks Ichabod off of his horse and onto the ground. Even though the horseman does play a small role in the tale, he is not the central part of the story or even the prose.

Irving's story, however, is the tale of Ichabod Crane the schoolmaster in his attempt to woo heiress Katrina Van Tassel in Sleephollow, also known as Tarrytown, New York. The climax is the tale that has survived over time-- the myth of the headless horseman.

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Is there a horseman or not? Unfortunately, the scene with the horseman is only a page long and for me not scary at all. Because I was looking forward to a scary ghost story, this was a major letdown for me. The best part of the tale-- Irving's prose and descriptions of life in Tarrytown which have survived the test of time and made Irving into one of America's original master story tellers.

Perhaps I will enjoy his other stories better, especially the adult version of Rip Van Winkle, another story I am already familiar with. In the meantime I am looking forward to discussing this ghost story in group. Oct 09, PorshaJo rated it liked it Shelves: Fun read and a great way to kick off my month of Halloween reads. I know the story, watched countless movie versions of the story, but never actually read the book.

I listed to this one via audio. A fun read, but I wanted more gothic, creepy-ness. I wanted more Headless Horseman. The audio narration was wonderful! The narrator's voice had an edge of spookiness to it a very good thing. Glad I read this one but yeah, I prefer the movie version 'Sleepy Hollow', which I watch every Fun read and a great way to kick off my month of Halloween reads.

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

View all 14 comments. I thought this story and I were Meant To Be. A few days before reading this, I read and reviewed Washington Irving's other famous story, Rip Van Winkle , and really enjoyed it. And then I read The Fold , which has this exchange between a high school student and his teacher in the first few pages: You said that sometimes the bad guy is right there in front of us.

It just didn't quite work out the way I'd envisioned. Ichabod Crane, a schoolteacher, is an outsider in the beautiful New York valley of Sleepy Hollow, but he's a native of Connecticut, not England. When you Google "Ichabod Crane" nowadays, you get mostly this: His head was small, and flat at top, with huge ears, large green glassy eyes, and a long snip nose, so that it looked like a weathercock perched upon his spindle neck to tell which way the wind blew.

Disney got this one right. What Disney also got right was distilling Irving's story down to the the good stuff. Irving just spends too long describing the countryside, Ichabod and his avarice and questionable habits, the coquettish Katrina and her family farm Ichabod wants to wed Katrina, but mostly because she's beautiful, she's rich, and she's got huge All of these descriptions were nicely done, but didn't hold my interest like I had hoped.


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And if there was any symbolism of post-Revolutionary War Great Britain in Ichabod, other than just his greed, I couldn't find it. He's not at all admirable--as well as being greedy, he's pompous, self-absorbed and superstitious--but I also found him kind of pitiful. When the Headless Horseman aka "Galloping Hessian of the Hollow" finally appears, the excitement ramps up. And there's the enduring mystery: What really happened that night? And what became of Ichabod Crane? Actually, I think the story itself makes it fairly clear what happened view spoiler [: Brom pretended to be the Headless Horseman, threw a pumpkin at Ichabod and knocked him off his horse, and Ichabod, between his superstitions and cowardice and his disappointment and humiliation that Katrina had just dumped him, slipped away during the night hide spoiler ].

It was interesting reading the original version of the tale and comparing it to the heavily Disney-influenced version in my head. And the character of Ichabod Crane is well-drawn. Overall the story was just a little too detailed and slow for me. Free on Gutenberg, here at the end of this original collection of Washington Irving stories, with some really charming original illustrations and here just the story itself. View all 21 comments. Sep 05, James rated it really liked it Shelves: I spent a few weeks every summer in the Catskill Mountains at a resort with my godparents, parents and grandparents.

I used to walk around the forest, searching for the headless horsemen. Even before the movie, it launched my thirst for mystery and the hunt! And when they used this to make a few movies and then the TV show, I loved the whole concept. A must-r I spent a few weeks every summer in the Catskill Mountains at a resort with my godparents, parents and grandparents. A must-read for folks interested in mystery and a little bit of the gothic About Me For those new to me or my reviews I read A LOT.

I write A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https: Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Jan 09, Lyn rated it really liked it. Ichabod Crane goes for a wild ride.

Besides being an iconic story and a fine example of early American literature, this is also a revealing historic illustration of life in the Dutch portions of early nineteenth century New York. We get to spend some time with the corpulent and satisfied Dutch farmers and glimpse early American culture. I really enjoyed Irving's style. His descriptions paint joyful pictures without being too wordy or grandiose.

The passages about Icabod's boundless appetite and his lust for Katrina's huge Reading this story has given me a new appreciation for Irving. My goals now are: I feel the need for my own picturesque tracts of land. Sleepy Hollow, New York May 21, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: I have to say that re-reading this as an adult is a much different and more wonderful experience than as a snot-nosed kid of I was able to appreciate the nuances much more, enjoying just how established Mr. Crane could be as a realistic and sympathetic character, even if he was slightly foolish.

In other words, he felt real, I felt invested, and as any lover of horror knows, we must also feel superior to our victims before their inevitable and somewhat moralistic demise by supernatural or nef I have to say that re-reading this as an adult is a much different and more wonderful experience than as a snot-nosed kid of In other words, he felt real, I felt invested, and as any lover of horror knows, we must also feel superior to our victims before their inevitable and somewhat moralistic demise by supernatural or nefarious deeds.

Now, whether this was a mortal practical joke played on a lover of the fantastic and the horrible or whether this was actually a real-life ghost story, as the Dutch Wives would insist, is a matter for debate. Either way, it was nice and ghoulish and ramped up perfectly to a thrown screaming head. Quick tale, fascinating, and expertly described. And an eternal Halloween Treat.

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View all 12 comments. Oct 21, Phrynne rated it really liked it. Thanks Stephanie - your review led me to read this and I am so glad I did: I suppose it is because I had my education in England that this book was not part of my school reading nor had I come across it since.

So it was a first time read for me and it was delightful! I always love stories written in this kind of old fashioned and extremely literate prose. The descriptions are just superb, especially the one of Ichabod Crane.


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At the end of that the reader knows exactly what he looked like to the Thanks Stephanie - your review led me to read this and I am so glad I did: At the end of that the reader knows exactly what he looked like to the point of being able to draw his picture! Compared to the literature available today I would not describe this book as horror. Just a little bit spooky maybe. But very well written and extremely entertaining.

View all 3 comments. Sep 25, Mackey rated it really liked it Shelves: Here in Indiana US there is a town called Irvington that has absolutely no historic connection to Washington Irving at all but never-the-less each year produces a marvelous and quite large Halloween festival in his honor. It lasts a week and centers around the characters from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I decided it was time re-read the story to catch up on all things forgotten. It's a simple tale really.

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A schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, is trying to woo a young woman from town and it angers th Here in Indiana US there is a town called Irvington that has absolutely no historic connection to Washington Irving at all but never-the-less each year produces a marvelous and quite large Halloween festival in his honor.

A schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, is trying to woo a young woman from town and it angers the town bully. This leads to the "frightening" scene of the headless horseman and Crane's demise. Although it's a very short read, one that is perfect for Halloween, it is a beautiful example of Irving's writing ability. As a reporter for many years, he writes about the town and people in such great detail that you will remember them long after you've put down the book, perhaps even years later. If you've never read the story then now is a great time.

If you have read it, I encourage you to read it once more.

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You will be amazed at what you've forgotten. View all 22 comments. Well, hello there, Mr. I cannot believe I waited so long before meeting you. I really don't see the horror part in this classic. I found myself smiling throughout the entire story. And it was all Irving's fault. He's just so funny and charming.

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There was no dialogue at all. I became aware of that at some point and wandered how come I still enjoyed it. The ending fit the character perfectly. I would have not wanted it any other way. View all 4 comments. Oct 25, Apatt rated it it was ok Shelves: For most classics that I read it is easy to discern how they have stood the test of time and attain their classic status.

However, a few titles, like Moby-Dick; or, The Whale and Three Men in a Boat hold little or no appeal to me at all, and why would anybody want to read them is beyond me. The prose style is indeed a pleasure to read. No tale was too gross or monstrous for his capacious swallow.


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The original Crane as featured in this story is very much an anti-hero, he is not brave, decent, honest or even good looking. Both the Tim Burton movie and the new Sleepy Hollow TV series have taken the image of the Horseman from this story and upgraded him into a much more frightening and supernatural antagonist.

As a general rule, movie and TV adaptations are always inferior to the literary source material. So I suppose I do have something to be grateful to Washington Irving for after all. Not my pick for a Halloween read. View all 8 comments. Henry saw in every man upon Ichabod Crane, a Yankee wanderer, arrives in Sleepy Hollow and becomes the new schoolmaster. He meets Katrina Van Tassel, and blissfully fantasizes about how can marry her, ultimately, inherit her father's rich estate.

Her suitor Brom Bones, the blacksmith, wants to scare him away and dresses up as the legendary Headless Horseman. During the prank, the real ghost appears and drives Ichabod off. Written by Betty Palik. I'll warn you that, in some cases, when motion pictures tread into the territory of faithful adaptations, the modern day audience will find the result slow, but in this case, not altogether ponderous. In order to enjoy this film fully, I would recommend that you go back to the original novel, and read it's wonderfully descriptive characters and carefully crafted New England world of spooky surroundings.

Washington Irving's masterful work has been carefully reproduced here, but in doing so, the producers have painted a very rich and colorful world that lacks that ever so intangible spark that gives a motion picture good pacing and story appeal. I'll give it an eight simply because they made such an energetic effort to remain true to Irving's vision.

Despite its strictly bookish feel, this film is worth an evening with the kids curled around Mom, Dad, the TV, and an explanation of why this version doesn't bleed all over the couch. Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! A Year in Films. Share this Rating Title: Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin.

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