Not Just Another Grouchy Grammarian

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Review: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving

Another book I should have read long ago. In fact, more shame to me on this one. When I was a teen, my family went to visit Sunnyside, Washington Irving’s home/museum, and what I got at the gift shop was a book of stories by Mr. Irving — which sat unread on my bookshelf for years.

Of course, now that I want to read it I can’t find it, so I grabbed an audio copy of the short story through Libby. It’s a quick listen – it claims to be an hour, but it’s an hour well-spent. It’s a good story for either Halloween or the day after (today). I’m enjoying the details of the story – Irving’s narrator may be third person, but he is a keen observer of the story’s characters. which is always fun, but also of the harvest season and the world of Sleepy Hollow.

This is definitely worth the hour, and I will now have to explore more of Irving’s writings in the future. Oh, yeah — and if you get the chance to visit Sunnyside, do so. It’s charming.

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