Friday, July 31

Book Review: Legend of Sleepy Hallow

Title: The Legend of Sleepy Hallow

Author: Washington Irving

Pages: EBook

Summary: The chief part of the stories, however, turned upon the favorite specter of Sleepy Hollow, the Headless Horseman, who had been heard several times of late, patrolling the country; and, it was said, tethered his horse nightly among the graves in the churchyard. The story was immediately matched by a thrice marvelous adventure of Brom Bones, who made light of the Galloping Hessian as an arrant jockey. He affirmed that on returning one night from the neighboring village of Sing Sing, he had been overtaken by this midnight trooper; that he had offered to race with him for a bowl of punch, and should have won it too, for Daredevil beat the goblin horse all hollow, but just as they came to the church bridge, the Hessian bolted, and vanished in a flash of fire. All these tales, told in that drowsy undertone with which men talk in the dark, the countenances of the listeners only now and then receiving a casual gleam from the glare of a pipe, sank deep in the mind of Ichabod. . . .

My Rating: 7/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I almost feel as if I’m one of the last people to read this book, I mean it’s a cult classic, I always knew the story growing up of the headless horseman, through the various retellings of it (Mickey Mouse anyone? Or Johnny Depp?), so I finally sat down and read the short novel. And it didn’t disappoint, although it’s not really a favourite of mine or what I consider to be a fantastic book, I still enjoyed it. It’s a very short story, I read in just over an hour, and the author has done a incredible job at creating the build up of the ghost story, and setting up the backdrop of where it takes place,the gothic town and woods where the headless horseman lurks. But, it wasn’t what I expected, there wasn’t any dialog for one, just narration, of an unnamed narrator telling us of the events, so we never got inside Icabod’s head like I thought it would, I thought it might have been a retelling by him, but it didn’t end up being that way. And it’s very different then Tim Berton’s version of it (story wise, the gothic descriptions of the woods and town, I think matched up almost perfectly). So I did enjoy that aspect a lot, the story just seemed to miss that little extra something, to give it that extra little push into being a great story.

Would I recommend it to read: Yes, not my favourite book, but the author did do a good job at creating a "campfire" story. And if your a fan of legends and spooky stories, it's also a good book for you.

What to read next: Frankenstein, Dracula are a good start.

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, A - Z Challenge, EBook Challenge


  1. I think I remember reading this when I was a little kid, but it might have been a condensed version. Then again, I think I had to read it for school, so maybe it wasn't...I'm so confused now. :)

  2. I liked this story too. I also think I read an abridged version when I was in school. When I read it last year I thought it was longer than I remembered.

    I also liked Irving's Rip Van Winkle, although it was not at all what I expected!

  3. I have never read this story, but it doesn't sound as though I would like it very much. I really prefer stories where I can get into the character's head and feel their emotions.