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    Rip Van Winkle is considered by some critics to be one of the finest early American short stories Almost everyone knows the basic story, but I d guess not all that many people have actually read Washington Irving s original story Warning if you re one of those vanishingly rare people who s not familiar with this story, there are major spoilers after the next picture below It took a little digging to find the full original version of this old story online it turns out that it s included in a collection of stories by Washington Irving called The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., available for free at Gutenberg here Rip van Winkle is a villager living in New York state, just before the American Revolution in the 1770s He s also a layabout who likes hunting and hanging out at the tavern with friends, but not so much working on his farm I had never realized how totally useless as a husband Rip Van Winkle was, and how extremely shrewish his wife was Rip is willing to help anyone else but is a complete failure at providing for his own family his wife spends every waking moment nagging and yelling at him They make each other completely miserable So it s almost for the best when one day Rip goes walking in the mountains and meets up with a group of outlandish men playing nine pins and drinking from a flagon Rip helps himself to their liquor, and eventually falls into a drunken sleep Twenty years later he wakes up and makes his way back to his village, to find that America is now independent from Britain, his children have grown, his wife has died, and he can now sit around and be lazy in peace, respected as a patriarch of the village and a symbol of the old times I ve looked at some critics analyses of Rip Van Winkle, and there are some intriguing ideas about what this story means A symbol of America s escape from British rule, with Britain playing the role of the mean, despotic wife A commentary on how the things change, the they stay the same A cautionary tale about people who live irresponsible lives and rely on other people to take care of them Rip s daughter took him home to live with her she had a snug, well furnished house, and a stout cheery farmer for a husband, whom Rip recollected for one of the urchins that used to climb upon his back As to Rip s son and heir, who was the ditto of himself, seen leaning against the tree, he was employed to work on the farm but evinced an hereditary disposition to attend to any thing else but his business.It is interesting how Rip s passive personality doesn t really change over the course of the story The news that his wife has died affects his life much than the news of the American Revolution.The character of the shrewish wife is one dimensional, but the I think about Rip Van Winkle and how he reacts or fails to react to life and the events around him, the I m intrigued with this story In fact, the process of writing this review convinced me to up my rating from 3 stars to 4 There s here than initially meets the eye It s an interesting character analysis as well as a fun story.

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    Book Review 4 of 5 stars to Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving In Washington Irving s short story Rip Van Winkle, Rip s wife Dame constantly nags her husband because all he ever does is sleep, put off his chores, and play with his dog Woof The other women in the village are tolerable to him only because Rip doesn t have to listen to their hassling all day long He isn t married to any of them but Dame Irving s satire is a humorous attempt to display wives as barbaric slave drivers who are better off being dead than being tyrannical women, who exist only to burden their husbands.YIKES It s a good thing this was written over a century ago or Irving would be rightfully slaughtered in today s world The next few paragraphs are considering when this was written, and not my personal opinion just cutting an excerpt from a paper I wrote years ago on this story, reflecting on how men treated women in fiction during that time period.Washington Irving s story makes some women out to be horrible creatures who are always torturing their husbands However, there are some women who are basically good natured and acceptable creatures In Irving s short story, Rip Van Winkle is a great favorite among all the good wives of the village Lauter 1296 These women, who are not made out to be the old hags, even go as far to blame Dame Van Winkle for all the fighting that goes on in the Van Winkle house Irving tells his readers that men see their own wives as shrews who love to fight with their husbands Other women are tolerable though The women of the village, too, used to employ him to run their errands, and to do such little odd jobs as their less obliging husbands would not do for them Lauter 1296 Rip would do any work that someone else asked him to do, but if it was his own work that his wife flogged him about all the time, he would shrug it off Dame, his wife, was too shrill and bothersome to want to do work for and she showed no mercy on him.Rip simply wants to be free to live his life in the way that suits him, not in the way that suits someone else If left to himself, Rip would have whistled life away in perfect contentment but his wife kept dinning his ears about his idleness, his carelessness, and the ruin he was bringing on his family Lauter 1297 He doesn t want to have a meddlesome and annoying wife around to tell him what to do all the time Dame Van Winkle is such a barbaric woman that she has the ability to frighten almost anyone, including Rip s dog, whose name, coincidentally, is Wolf The moment Wolf entered the house his crest fell, his tail dropped to the ground, or curled between his legs, he sneaked about with a gallows air, casting many a sidelong glances at Dame Van Winkle, and at the least flourish of a broomstick or ladle he would fly to the door with yelping precipitation Lauter 1297 Dame Van Winkle expects too much out of her husband and Rip is too busy in his own world Dame Van Winkle is being used as a symbol for the many women in real life who were feverishly nagging wives and annoying slave drivers Irving doesn t say that all women are annoying slave drivers though He simply states that as wives, women are meddlesome and overbearing When they are not married to them though, men, Rip in particular, find less problems with women When Rip returns and learns that his wife died during those twenty years when he fell asleep in the forest, Rip comments on how he had got his neck out of the yoke of matrimony, and could go in and out whenever he pleased, without dreading the tyranny old Dame Van Winkle Lauter 1297 He is happy and free from the old nag now The narrator also tells us that whenever her name was mentioned, however, Rip shook his head, shrugged his shoulders, and cast up his eyes which might pass either for an expression of resignation to his fate, or joy at his deliverance Lauter 1297 Once Rip s wife is out of the picture, he becomes a care free happy man again Having nothing to do at home he took his place once on the bench at the inn door Lauter 1297 In fact, Rip lived with his daughter, a woman other than his wife, and was at his happiest He no longer had to contend with Dame s nasty attitude and arrogance Irving has shown that men are better off without wives since they are so rudely insolent Through Rip Van Winkle, Washington Irving is able to show how women in general were considered tolerable creatures, who can even make you laugh and take care of you However, once you are married to them, it is a different story Wives, specifically Dame Van Winkle, are constantly demanding things from their husbands and treating them poorly Perhaps, Irving is commenting on matrimony, but the basic view he shows is that women become overbearing heathens once they marry a man Wives exist only to torture men and the men are better off without them according to Irving s story I m not sure how he got away with publishing this one couldn t it just have been a story about a men who fell asleep for a very long time, and when he wok up, life was different YIKES About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators.

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    An entertaining short story by Washington Irving, this was a pleasure to read I am dating myself here, but as a child we had a record player in our living room, and I was the proud owner of an LP titled Rip Van Winkle I would sit with my little sister and listen in pure bliss to this classic tale over and over again The narration and the sounds effects had something of a dream like feel to it Lazy, hen pecked Rip being constantly berated by his wife, the surreal echo of his name resounding through the valleys of the Catskill Mountains by some unknown entity, and the curious roll of thunder in the distance all brought this delightful legend to life for me Now, ahem, decades later, I reacquainted myself with Rip in printed form I am happy to say that the story still holds the same enchantment it did so many years ago Perhaps this is partly due to my sense of nostalgia while reading but nevertheless, there is a reason it remains a classic and one which merits revisiting from time to time Irving s writing is so vibrant, and I am always left with a satisfying, light hearted feeling when I have finished.

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    Rip Van Winkle is one of those stories we seem to recollect from childhood but perhaps are not sure exactly how It feels like a traditional folk tale as though its origins have been lost in antiquity Indeed the name Rip Van Winkle now seems synonymous with the idea of someone going to sleep, meeting up in his dreams with fairy folk, and waking to discover that many years had passed in the interim Yet the idea of the story is present in many cultures.The short story Rip Van Winkle was in fact first published in 1819, and written by the American author, essayist, biographer and historian, Washington Irving This review is for a large edition of his story with beautiful reproductions by Arthur Rackham, now revered as a major artist of the golden age of children s illustration It was first printed in 1905, and these 34 illustrations he lovingly created for it, established his reputation as the leading decorative illustrator of his time.It is sometimes said that Washington Irving was America s first great author, and that Rip Van Winkle was the first successful American short story Rip Van Winkle is similar in feel to the English literary works of the time, and was written while Washington Irving was actually living in England, in Birmingham, although the story is set in New York s Catskill or Kaatskill Mountains.The action takes place around the time of the American War of Independence, in a small, very old village which was founded by some of the earliest Dutch settlers, at the foot of the Catskill Mountains It tells the story of a simple good natured fellow , Rip Van Winkle Although he is descended from gallant soldiers, he is a kind, peaceful man, well known for being popular with all his neighbours in the village But he has one flaw Rip Van Winkle was one of those happy mortals, of foolish, well oiled dispositions, who take the world easy, eat white bread or brown, whichever can be got with least thought or trouble, and would rather starve on a penny than work for a pound He is not exactly lazy in fact, he is perfectly willing to spend all day helping someone else with their jobs But he seems to be completely unable to do any work which could help his own household, or make any money He is continually berated by his wife, and Dame Van Winkle has no problem shouting insults after him, and tracking him down in the village to scold him in public He is forced to suffer in the fiery furnace of domestic tribulation Yet he maintains his gentle, carefree demeanour, and as a consequence all the women and children in the village love him, and side with him against his wife Even the dogs do not bark at him.Rip Van Winkle takes to avoiding his wife and , and escapes from her presence whenever he can But to his chagrin, this does not improve matters but seems to make them worse Times grew worse and worse with Rip Van Winkle as years of matrimony rolled on a tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use Sometimes when he tries to console himself, he frequents a sort of club of other dreamers and layabouts, who meet on a bench outside a small inn The landlord of the inn and the leader of this philosophical or political group is Nicholaus Vedder He never speaks, but everyone understands his opinions by the manner of how he smokes his pipe The group of men gossip, maybe discussing current events when they find an old newspaper, and tell each other stories to pass the time But even here, Rip Van Winkle cannot escape from his wife s scolding What is he to do As time goes on, things continue to get worse His wife is convinced that the farm s bad luck is because of his indolence, so she nags him morning, noon, and night Rip spends and time in the outdoors, with his one companion his dog Wolf who for some reason is just as badly treated by Dame Van Winkle.On one of his trip to the woods, Rip Van Winkle finds he has wandered to one of the highest points in the Catskill Mountains He knows he will not be able to get home before dark, and feels even sorry for himself as he sits down to rest in a ravine Then he hears a voice call out his name, and sees a shadowy figure in need of help Willingly he approaches the strange looking fellow On nearer approach, he was still surprised at the singularity of the stranger s appearance He was a short, square built old fellow, with thick bushy hair, and a grizzled beard His dress was of the antique Dutch fashion a cloth jerkin strapped around the waist several pair of breeches, the outer one of ample volume, decorated with rows of buttons down the sides, and bunches at the knees Together they lug a heavy keg higher and higher, until they reach an amphitheatre in the woods Here are gathered a collection of similarly quaint looking men, all mutely playing nine pins Oddly, although it seems as though they should be enjoying themselves, they are silent and grim Rip Van Winkle is very puzzled.His strange companion starts to serve drinks from the keg they have carried, and eventually Rip Van Winkle has one for himself It tastes so delicious that he keeps going back for , until he is quite drunk and falls into a stupor.When he wakes up in the morning, he beings to worry about what Dame Van Winkle will say to him He gets up and is surprised to find that he feels quite stiff Reaching for his gun, he discovers another one which is rusty and worm eaten Perhaps the strange men have tricked him and swapped his gun His dog Wolf mysteriously is nowhere to be seen, and does not respond to Rip Van Winkle s calls Worst of all, when he tries to retrace his steps, the amphitheatre seems to be an impenetrable wall of rock Even some of the natural features and landmarks of the area seem to have changed By now the reader, if they do not recognise Rip Van Winkle s name, has a fair idea of what must have happened, from all the myths about fairy folk and their mischief common to so many cultures.Rip Van Winkle makes his way back to his village As he approached the village, he met a number of people, but none whom he knew, which somewhat surprised him, for he had thought himself acquainted with every one in the country round Their dress, too, was of a different fashion from that to which he was accustomed They all stared at him with equal marks of surprise, and whenever they cast their eyes upon him, invariably stroked their chins The constant recurrence of this gesture induced Rip, involuntarily, to do the same, when, to his astonishment, he found his beard had grown a foot long The children shout after him, and the dogs bark He no longer recognises the village as it once was, as it seems to be far larger Is he going crazy The only thing he can recognise is the natural scenery The wine must have made him lose his mind Surely when he gets home it will be alright But his house is now in complete disrepair and abandoned Where are his wife and children The inn where he used to meet his friends has disappeared too Rip Van Winkle is totally confused, but we have final proof of the passge of time, from his interesting description A large rickety wooden building stood in its place, with great gaping windows, some of them broken, and mended with old hats and petticoats, and over the door was painted, The Union Hotel, by Jonathan Doolittle Instead of the great tree which used to shelter the quiet little Dutch inn of yore, there now was reared a tall naked pole, with something on the top that looked like a red nightcap, and from it was fluttering a flag, on which was a singular assemblage of stars and stripes he recognized on the sign, however, the ruby face of King George but even this was singularly metamorphosed The red coat was changed for one of blue and buff, a sword was stuck in the hand instead of a sceptre, the head was decorated with a cocked hat, and underneath was painted in large characters, GENERAL WASHINGTON This George Washington sign hangs where there used to be a picture of George III None of his old ruminating drinking companions are there either the inn is full of completely different people, and they seem very argumentative rather than companionable The very character of the people seemed changed There was a busy, bustling, disputatious tone about it, instead of the accustomed phlegm and drowsy tranquility The people crowd around him demanding to know what political party he belongs to Worried, Rip Van Winkle protests that he is a loyal subject of the king This of course is now the worst thing he could have said The people declare him to be a traitor, and a Tory When he asks about his friends, he is told that Nicholaus Vedder has been dead for eighteen years and Van Bummel is now in Congress.In desperation, Rip Van Winkle asks if they know anyone called Rip Van Winkle, and the townspeople point out a different lazy looking man the image of himself His son Rip, an urchin begotten in his own likeness, promised to inherit the habits, with the old clothes of his father When a vaguely familiar woman approaches, he questions her and realises that she must be his daughter, now also grown to an adult She tells him that her father went out with his gun one day twenty years previously, and had never been heard of since Yet Rip Van Winkle insists that for him it has only been one night, so all the townspeople think this tottering old man is crazy The one piece of good news Rip Van Winkle decides, is that Dame Van Winkle has recently died.Eventually the town s oldest inhabitant, Peter Vanderdonk, vouches for Rip Van Winkle.He says that he has heard tell of the ghosts of the explorer Hendrick Hudson, and the crew of the Half Moon , who all vanished without trace many years before, and now appear once every twenty years They would play at ninepins, bowl and keep an eye on the Catskill Mountains Rip Van Winkle is convinced that this is what happened, and he contentedly goes to live with his daughter, who is now married to a cheery farmer .He is much happier than he ever was with Dame Van Winkle, and nobody minds him being lazy now, because he is so old So he returns to the inn and again becomes well loved, as a patriarch of the village chronicling the times before the war With his dog Wolf he sits in the shade through a long lazy summer s day, talking listlessly over village gossip, or telling endless sleepy stories about nothing .Rip Van Winkle does eventually learn about the important events which had happened in America s history, but he does not care about any oppressors, or about any Revolutionary War The only government that he cares about having thrown off is the yoke of matrimony and the tyranny of Dame Van Winkle .Diedrich Knickerbocker adds a postscript to emphasise the truth of the story, and gives a brief history of the magic and fables associated with the Catskill Mountains.This structure of a story within a story now feels as if it dates from an earlier time It was a popular style in this early part of the 19th century, and a little later too The travel essays of an American in England were deliberately written in a style which would appeal to English tastes This meant that Washington Irving became the first American literary author to be widely read abroad, and his sketches remind one of the work of Charles Dickens, who also wrote travel essays in this style An elaborate sort framing was common in American fiction up to about the middle of the nineteenth century another author who used it was Nathaniel Hawthorne Presumably it is designed to add an air of authenticity to the work.Washington Irving chose a pseudonym for much of his early writing At the age of nineteen he wrote newspaper articles under the pseudonym, Jonathan Oldstyle , and in 1809, he published The History of New York , purporting to be the work of Geoffrey Crayon, Gentleman Rip Van Winkle is part of a collection entitled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent which he published in 1819 another famous story from that collection is The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Even this is not straightforward as there is a headnote which claims that the story is a posthumously discovered work of Diedrich Knickerbocker, an old gentleman of New York This made me laugh, and at this point I suspected that Washington Irving might have his tongue firmly in his cheek As an English reader I did not know that New Yorkers were referred to as Knickerbockers , but only that the name was used as a term for baggy female undergarments of the last century Knickers to this day means female underwear to English people It is of course additionally used to mean a very old Dutch garment, but in England those knee length baggy trousers would be called breeches , or a bit later plus fours It is of course this latter meaning which is now understood, as after Irving s story Knickerbocker became an accepted name for a descendant of the Dutch settlers of New York Apparently Knickerbocker literally means toy marble baker , and Irving borrowed this pen name from his friend, Herman Knickerbocker Still, it made me giggle.The story is very droll and enjoyable, addressing timeless issues, although firmly set within a traditional rural family set up within a Western society These caricatures of a henpecked husband and a petticoat tyrant of a wife, or alternatively viewed, an overworked resentful drudge and a layabout husband, are still with us today Shakespeare wrote his famous play The Taming of the Shrew about such a relationship, and it was common fare in music halls, and is still present in the repertoire of stand up comedians today Since modern relationships are now far diverse, it is interesting that this seems to be such a recurring theme But what courage can withstand the ever during and all besetting terrors of a woman s tongue Rip Van Winkle is an escapist fantasy It has an ineffectual male protagonist who cannot support his farm or family, as is expected in the community where he lives He just runs away and sleeps for twenty years In the end he is so old that nobody cares any about his laziness Moreover, although he has slept through the defining moment of American history, he is not interested This is at odds with American ideology, as he takes no part in the country s founding or history He does not embody the American dream, but quite the reverse He has no ambition to better himself, and he does not work hard for himself and his family All he wants to do is to chat inconsequentially with his friends In a way, this is fitting as an Old World story one which the Dutch settlers would like to retell.Washington Irving writes in a colloquial and familiar style, using simple and straightforward dialogue It does not seem to be imparting any profound truths This apparent simplicity is quite deceptive, because he does seem to suggest than he seems to say We see that great historical events are often less important to an individual than the daily happenings in their life By the very act of passing over a significant event in American history, the story draws attention to it On his return, Rip Van Winkle finds people talking of the heroes of the late war, including one of his friends He hears of the new form of government, including in something called Congress , and discovers that there are new national political parties, immediately being challenged to declare whether he is a Federalist or a Democrat Yet Rip Van Winkle does not care either about George III or about George Washington The only oppressor he cares about having overcome, is his tyrannical wife.Rip Van Winkle achieves universal significance because of its simplicity For all our progress, and our increasingly complex society, people have a kernel of romantic nostalgia, and may yearn for pastoral contentment The price Rip himself paid for this of course, was to never achieve full manhood and maturity He lost any opportunity to participate in the great events of his lifetime, and slept away much of his adult life George Washington was to become known as the Father of his country , but Rip Van Winkle has denied himself his own status as a father He has become dependent on his daughter, and overnight turned into an elderly citizen with far fewer opportunities and no responsibilities.It is tempting to wonder whether there was an element of the author himself in Rip Van Winkle The reader is clearly amused by both the husband and the wife, who are drawn with a very light touch, yet perhaps lassitude is given to Rip Van Winkle We have little sympathy really for Dame Van Winkle, and the only viewpoint we see is that of Rip Van Winkle He wins through in the end, simply by outlasting his wife After all, on his return he is lauded and happy, whereas we are left to construe that his wife became increasingly poverty stricken and embittered.In fact Washington Irving, like Rip Van Winkle, was away from home for many years He spent seventeen years in England, during which he wrote The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent Washington Irving was a nostalgic, conservative man who enjoyed the old ways He was happiest when he juxtaposed old and new tradition and change He was encouraged by his friend Sir Walter Scott to explore European folklore, and both these famous stories are based on German tales Washington Irving admitted later When I wrote the story, I had never been on the Catskills But he realised that by adapting the stories, maintaining a romantic feel, focusing on the individual, including local traditions, and setting them in the natural environment of the Hudson River Valley, he could create a distinctively American fiction.Although simply written and amusing, this fantasy is a salutory tale Rip Van Winkle s night in the woods is symbolic of escape through fantasy, or through one s imagination, which is a form of storytelling In the end Rip Van Winkle is freed from his duties to his family, and he becomes the town storyteller He has lost a big part of his life Ironically it is this story which has freed him from his domestic duties he has both literally and figuratively dreamed them away Dame Van Winkle too has lost what she most desired She did not gain a hardworking husband or an efficient well run farm, and suffered an early death.It is strange, that such an entertaining slice of humour can be so bitter, when reflected upon Such is the wisdom of Washington Irving Statue of Rip Van Winkle in New York

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    Oh Magoo, you ve done it again I read Rip Van Winkle when I was a kid at some point in time, and yet I remembered it best from the Mr Magoo animated version I couldn t find that old nearsighted thespian s take on the Irving classic, but here s his rendition on Frankenstein Bloody masterpiece basing your knowledge of literature on a super condensed, 20 minute version of a novel hundreds of pages long isn t a sound idea, but in the case of the quite short Rip Van Winkle it actually was just fine Having reread it and matching it up with my recollection of the cartoon, which admittedly I haven t seen in about 30 years, I think it holds up well Hahahawouldn t Washington Irving be proud to be reading this review if he could To have his enduring work reduced to its questioned quality in condensed cartoon form My god, I imagine him saying, what an honor This story of a wastrel quite familiar to me in the form of folks I ve known gone off the reservation only to return bewildered to an unfamiliar home is a great piece of European folklore carried over to America Bewitching beings beyond the fringe yes, I m stealing the phrase from Cook Dudley played a big role in the faerie stories of the old country It s nice to see them transplant so well to the wooded reaches of colonial on the cusp of post America.

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    i, is for Irving 3 StarsWhen I was a child I always thought the story of Rip Van Winkle was harmless some guy gets really tired and falls asleep on a mountain only to wake up 20 years later, the end That s not entirely accurate This is a story about a man who is so busy doing everything for everyone else that he doesn t have time for repairing or maintaining his own home He s always busy Doing stuff And he has an evil wife who is always nagging him to do bothersome things like come home, get a job, be useful How horrible So he ventures up a mountain one day, and falls asleep for those same 20 years And after he awakes, all the world is better and he can go about being a now useless old man who no one expects anything from except stories and pipe smoking The end I don t really have any definitive feelings about this short story Although the writing is lovely, the description ranges from overly long to non existent Beyond that, I found the end of the story a bit rushed feeling and I wished it had carried on to explain a bit of what exactly had happened to the town in those twenty years.

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    Rip Van Winkle lived in a village of Dutch colonists at the foot of the Catskills, described as the fairy mountains, when New York was a colony of Great Britain Rip was a kind neighbor, and a friend to all the villagers But he was also a hen pecked husband who avoided doing any work around his farm One day he goes into the mountains for a walk with his dog He encounters a strange looking man carrying a keg, and Rip helps him carry it into a ravine to a drinking party After tipping back a few, Rip falls asleep He awakens with a long gray beard, and finds that everything has changed when he returns to the village His wife has died, his house is in ruins, and a picture of George Washington has replaced the painting of King George III at the tavern He had been asleep for twenty years.The short story of Rip Van Winkle has a lot of humor, as well as touches of the magic of Indian fables about the Catskills Washington Irving s story was originally published with other stories and essays in The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon in 1819 This particular edition of the story is wonderful because it contains 51 full page illustrations by Arthur Rackham the villagers, the troll like mountain men, the magical creatures in the forest, and Rip Van Winkle with his dog It s a beautiful book

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    Wonderfully vivid tale of a man who loses 20 years of his life overnight in the Catskill Mountains Irving is a delightful narrator, who employs some irony and humor along with his powerful sense of place, to enthrall his reader.I had, of course, read this long ago in my youth I found it was a bit different than I had remembered and well worth taking the time to read again.

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    Rip Van Winkle, however, was one of those happy mortals, of foolish, well oiled dispositions, who take the world easy, eat white bread or brown, whichever can be got with least thought or trouble, and would rather starve on a penny than work for a pound If left to himself, he would have whistled life away, in perfect contentment It s good that ole Rip was a happy go lucky sort, because the knowledge that he passed out on a mountainside, and woke twenty years later might have killed a cautious man This is a story told so many times it seems almost folklore, though it was published by Irving in 1819 Rip is a man who is well liked by his fellow villagers, but doesn t do much to help out around the house Is it because he can t stand his nagging wife, or is it his laziness that made her a scold We re never quite sure, though since Irving himself never married, you may draw your own conclusions as to the author s intent Irving based his tale in the Kaatskill Mountains, describing with loving detail how the mountains in the last rays of the setting sun, will glow and light up like a crown of glory The old trickster admitted later that he had never been to the region when he wrote the story I m sure you ve heard some version of this tale how Rip, to escape his wife s badgering, heads to the highest part of the mountains accompanied by his faithful dog, Wolf, intending to do a bit of squirrel shooting After partying heartily with some oddly dressed gentlemen, he wakes to find his dog gone, his gun rusty, and his whiskers nearly a foot long He stumbles into the village, where he is unrecognized by the townsfolk Even Wolf now snarls at him I ve always been amazed at the longevity of this canine, and wished my beloved pets had such long lives Though there are countless children s books available that tell Rip s bizarre story, I urge you to read Irving s original classic a uniquely American fairy tale undoubtedly based on ancient legends.Kaatskill Serenade by David Bromberg life size bronze statue of Rip Van Winkle, located in Irvington, NY.

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    This is still a wonderful story dealing with the fair folk.

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