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  1. says:

    The stories Rip Van Winkle The Legend of Sleepy Hollow etc are all good Everyone should read Irving's stories The travel essays on the other hand were nothing but snooze worthy They were so bad and so numerous that they overbalanced the stories for me and threw my overall rating of the book to only two stars


  2. says:

    writers will write printers will print and the world will inevitably be overstocked with good books It will soon be the employment of a lifetime merely to learn their names Many a man of passable information at the present day reads scarcely anything but Reviews; and before long a man of erudition will be little better than a mere walking catalogue


  3. says:

    Irving was a graceful writer and an appreciator of nature and human natureThis collection is rather miscellaneous with everything from short stories to travel and history piecesThe author was one of the first Americans to have a commercial success with his writing and anyone interested in American literature should read this bookThere are several appreciations of English customs and architecture that are charming and evocativeAlso included are appreciations of Native Americans with a sympathetic treatment of their clashes with the early colonistsSeveral pieces are too sentimental for modern taste but do not invalidate the uality of the book


  4. says:

    Growing up in the Hudson River Valley it was impossible for Washington Irving to not play a role in my formative years As a kid I went on a 3rd grade field trip to Philipsburg Manor the alleged site of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Needless to say Halloween was pretty fun growing up; I felt special knowing I was so close to what I considered uintessential Hallows' Eve lore As an adult I spent a summer season working as part of the curatorial staff for both the picturesue Washington Irving's Sunnyside the author's estate and the 18th century Dutch plantation Philipsburg Manor Cleaning and carefully placing the historic objects of these old homes to craft visual narratives was a privilege; every workday felt like a journey into vibrant pasts I had romanticized as a child While I have read passages of Washington Irving's The Sketchbook throughout my life this was my first time reading the entire book front to back The short story collection includes iconic standouts like Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow both of which take place in the Hudson region Being that Irving was one of the first American authors to gain international prominence it still makes me happy that it was this part of New York that acted as such a prominent setting for his work Irving is also an objectively good author His prose is thoughtful and even tender at times The man knows how to craft intricate imagery that breathes life into vivid scenes Irving was also pretty funny which puts his work apart from other American authors of the Romantic era For instance in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow after Ichabod Crane goes missing Irving writes of his protagonist As he was a bachelor and in nobody's debt nobody troubled his head any about him 317 Irving could be cute when he wanted The collection overall though iconic stories aside is or less a thematic hodgepodge that largely exemplifies style over substance This is especially true of his stories that take place in England and most do There is a reason they are not as popular as his New York ghost stories The majority of these stories read like little slices of life or fictionalized historical snippets Irving tries to ground these narratives in universal human sentiments but I largely found them to be dull and lacking resonance This is mostly a mater of personal preference; I have all the nostalgia for the Hudson River Valley but not much for Irving's version of Victorian England That said there is a lot that is great in the collection overall and I would still recommend it This book aside I would wholeheartedly recommend visiting Sunnyside or Philisburg if you have the chance though do note by bias; the staff is very passionate and would probably have good arguments to refute my criticisms Rating 35 Stars


  5. says:

    To the extent that 21st century readers know Washington Irving’s Sketch Book at all it is most likely because it included the initial publication of two American classic tales Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow And there could be a good reason that the rest of the 400 plus page tome has slid into obscurity The Sketch Book could easily be damned with faint praise by describing it as “of its time” But having recently read the whole thing I will go even further At it’s best other than those two classic stories The Sketch Book is pleasantly boringIrving filled his book with a combination of stories essays and reportage sometimes mixing his genres in a way that is the most contemporary aspect of the book The problems come with his tone Given a sentimental topic he produces treacle When he waxes philosophical he offers up commonplaces What he does well is describe things An extensive section on Christmas in a country house is vividly and enthusiastically chronicled Like Americans through the centuries Irving is a sucker for the British upper crust His walks around London produce eccentric slices of history and some mild fantasy What I didn’t need to hear were his thoughts on what makes a “good wife” or his admiration for the tidiness among the better sort of peasantryIt could also be that the Sketch Book is not meant to be read cover to cover Browsing and skipping would be the reasonable approach


  6. says:

    Not as scary as I remember but still a classic October readOver the years I've read watched and listened to a number of headless horseman retellings of Irving's tale which watered down the original story's impact So while rereading is fun the experience isn't as good as when I first read it all those years ago back when I knew very little about genre tropes and urban legends


  7. says:

    To start off this review I want to make it clear that I read the entirety of The Sketch Book and not just a select few stories from the work Most printings nowadays seem only to include a handful of the notable stories from The Sketch Book while excluding numerous of the lesser known ones which I found to be odd Therefore I opted to read the complete Sketch Book so as to get the fullest enjoyment out of the work as the author intended That means that my review is not just about The Legend of Sleepy Hollow which seems to dominate the majority of Sketch Book reviews on this site but rather it is about all of the stories in this great collection and the overall impact it had on meThe Sketch Book is Washington Irving's collection of sketches of American and English life as he had experienced them Irving touches upon a colorful medley of topics and subjects that range from historical accounts of lesser known events significant to English and American life to the retelling of fictitious folk tales that have captivated audiences of both countries for generations These tales and accounts can be simple small in scope and highly intimate or they can be grand in scale complex and mentally and emotionally involved There is practically something here for every kind of reader be it an avid fan of short stories a devout history buff or simply someone who enjoys a well written book Although this means that not every piece will appeal to every reader it does however mean that The Sketch Book is a highly diverse multifaceted collection of excellent works that is sure to entertain and intrigue just about anybody who picks it up I can vouch for the fact that even though not every story in The Sketch Book was the greatest read there were far winners than losers in this collection to warrant a high ratingLike I said this collection of short stories and essays is far than merely the vessel through which people get to read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Though I will contend that Sleepy Hollow was indeed a great read and an excellent addition to this fine selection of works I hold that there were far better pieces in the Sketch Book and also that this one story does not make or break the book by any means If you read the Sketch Book solely for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow you will be sorely missing out on so many other great stories by Washington Irving I must admit that the only reason I initially considered reading The Sketch Book was because of its inclusion of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow which I have found to be the case for many other readers as well Thankfully I found that so much was being offered by Irving's book than I ever could have envisioned Some of my favorite works from the Sketch Book include Rip Van Winkle The Mutability of Literature The Spectre Bridegroom the five Christmas stories Traits of Indian Character Philip of Pokanoket John Bull The Pride of the Village and of course The Legend of Sleepy Hollow For most I can already tell that they had no idea that some of these stories and essays even existed in The Sketch Book through no fault of their own That is the blame of most publishers who decide which stories are worth printing and which are better left out That is why I implore any prospective readers of The Sketch Book to seek out a copy with every story and essay included in it thereby getting the most complete and by proxy the most enjoyable version of the text I made the mistake of starting off reading the Barnes Noble edition which only had a handful of stories before realizing I had an incomplete edition which prompted me to purchase the Oxford edition of the book that had every work included Do yourself a favor and read the whole Sketch Book you will not regret it Another great thing about The Sketch Book worth mentioning is that it is a joy to read for even the busiest readers for whom time is substantially limited None of the stories in The Sketch Book excluding the Christmas saga of stories reuire consecutive reading to understand or enjoy them You can read out of order as well if one story piues your interest but comes near the end of the book I took a long time reading this book not because it was too difficult to read but rather because I had a lot of other engagement to tend to – but that fact did not ruin my reading experience I got to read a piece or two of the book whenever I had the time and I was able to enjoy those reading independent of each other Simply put this is the kind of book that you can stop and resume at your leisure never having to worry about continuity or forgetting plot details like in a lot of other booksI found The Sketch Book to be very fun to read the whole way through for hardly does there exist such a diverse enjoyable and even informative book out there that can satisfy so many literary cravings concurrently I definitely feel that this book is among the greatest classics in literature and should be accorded as such If you have never considered reading The Sketch Book for yourself or perhaps did not know that it offered much beyond Sleepy Hollow I highly suggest that you read this fantastic book someday and learn for yourself why I consider it to be one of the best collection of stories and essays I have read in a long time


  8. says:

    I set out to read Legend of Sleepy Hollow a few years back and was sort of surprised to find it such a whimsical story The old Disney cartoon basically nails it But it was the only Washington Irving story I'd ever read until now It's shocking how few of the authors in the Authors card game I grew up with I've actually read or read much ofThe Sketch Book confirms that style throughout Irving is by turns poetic respectful and even emotional but a sense of bemusement pervades throughout He seems to enjoy humans and humanity and consciously partake of all our superstitious ways which have not changed in recent times except to be dressed up in lab coatsMost of the essays are about his time in England at a time when he was relatively new there—he would end up spending 17 years abroad—and are little portraits of English life with his own observations mixed in Although in one he has a debate with an old book and both Rip Van Winkle and Legend of Sleepy Hollow are part of this collection I'm not sure how seriously I'd regard his observations of Amerinds though he was probably pretty cutting edge in his defense of Indian character versus the often shabby way they were treatedWord wise Irving isn't too hard to read although you'll find a lot of the definitions he's using in the archaic section The hardest stuff actually are the little uotes eg Herrick that he puts at the front of each story These often include characteristically arbitrary Middle English spellings but which were probably well known to the literate folks of the timeI smiled and chuckled a lot I would often finish one essay and launch into the next even when I was trying to budget my reading time carefully Looking forward to reading his George Washington A Biography


  9. says:

    I've been debating whether to mark this as Finished or Abandoned but I think I've skimmed of these stories than read them in fullThis is the collection that includes such stories as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Rip Van Winkle and The Spectre Bridegroom However the vast majority of this collection isn't stories at allThis is mostly Irving's travelogue from a trip to England Thus much of the book are depictions of places he's been and customs he's seen along with character portraits of people he met mostly those he met in passing It's a lovely writing style but alas I'm not too interested in what Irving thought of uaint country churches or funerals etc so I did end up skimming a lot rather than readingIn addition to the famous stories I really enjoyed The Mutability of Literature in which Irving talks about how the vast majority of writing is forgotten uickly and only a very tiny portion is retained He talks about how impossibly uickly new writing was being produced in the time of the modern printing press and how it was good to have critics to try to tame the flood of new works He says All possible encouragement therefore should be given to the growth of critics good or bad But I fear all will be in vain; let criticism do what it may writers will write printers will print and the world will inevitably be overstocked with good books If there were a flood of books printed in 1819 then how many are going to be published in 2019? With ebooks and self publishing there's not even a nominal critic standing by the flood gates now


  10. says:

    I absolutely loved this book Each chapter is self contained so it is a great book to keep at your bedside to pick up occasionally or when the mood strikes Aptly named because the author tackles a wide range of subjects wherever his fancy takes him Written in the elegant descriptive English of an earlier era this is not a book to breeze through uickly Here is a man who has one foot in England and one in the New World and appears to hold both in affection His unhurried ruminations as he travels via ocean liner enjoys an old world Christmas celebration visits an ancient cemetery peruses a dusty library and cogitates on domesticity are self contained gems It had been uite a long while since I had read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow the final installment in the book What a pleasure to revisit it Outstanding in its descriptive humor it is a not to be missed romp Irving was one of America's first literary greats and he deserves the reputation This book is worthy of a second look