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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Happy Halloween everyone! I love this holiday. It's my favorite. In celebration, I read Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow this weekend and it was divine.

Is anyone here not familiar with the legend of Sleepy Hollow? In a town close to Tarry Town, New York, just north of New York City, there is a small town called Sleepy Hollow where ghosts never stay for long--once their ghost friends disappear, there's not need to hang around. There is one, however; a headless horseman who is rumored to be a ghost of a soldier. Ichabod Crane, the town schoolteacher, has dinner one night at the home of his beloved, only to disappear that night with no trace of him to be found. What happened to Ichabod? Did he leave town?

I love Halloween, and I loved this book. It's so short and so lovely for the holiday. It has a jilted romance, a bad guy who might not be so, and an unwitting schoolteacher. It has the ultimate creep factor--YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED! Irving understood this better than anyone. What you don't know is always far more fearsome and creepy than what you do.

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