My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a mini-review.
My very first exposure to Irving’s Sleepy Hollow was Disney’s version of the story with the same name. It used to be a favourite of mine. Ichabod Crane was such an odd and funny man, not intentionally of course. I loved the music, the colour, and his rivalry with Beau. If you know what I’m talking about then here’s a reminder; and if you don’t then here’s a glimpse. (I’m afraid I couldn’t find a trailer!)
As I was reading the book, I found myself constantly thinking of Disney’s version. For the most part they’ve been faithful to the book, right from Ichabod’s physical description, character and mannerisms to his entire race with the headless horseman. This was a thrilling read, and my do I love the way Irving writes! His language is beautiful, and the way he evokes the scene of Sleepy Hollow is incredible.
Actually, for the most part, I listened to this story being read by a volunteer called Chip. This was my very first audio read. It was an interesting experience and the reader was simply perfect for this story. I did read an e-version as well, just because I wanted to savour the writing a bit more. I’ll be looking our for some more Irving to read!
By the way, I’ve only just learnt that Disney’s Sleepy Hollow was banned. Does anyone have any idea why?