Sleepy Hollow; The Secret Life and Legend of Ichabod Crane.___An New American Tale
- Sales Rank:287,689
- Format:Kindle eBook
- Language:English (Published)
- Media:Kindle Edition
- Publication Date:January 19, 2014
A CLEVER, ADVENTUROUS ROMP---- A NEW VERSION OF AMERICA'S FIRST CLASSIC TALE. Ichabod Crane is a very different type of hero now.----When Ichabod Crane was chased out of Sleepy Hollow, he became American literatures first social outcast. A mild mannered scholar who had the audacity to love the town beauty. But maybe that wasn’t the real story. Maybe being an outcast was an elaborate ruse to fool the people of Sleepy Hollow.
In this retelling of the Washington Irving tale, a new type of hero emerges; a man who would wish to know rather than be known, and understand rather than be understood.
“A man’s body is being pulled out of the river tonight. I am watching, crouched in the reeds. I can see the dead man’s face. He has a long neck with a sharp beak of a nose. His head is small and flat. He looks like a dead crane. History will remember him as a Crane. Ichabod Crane. Unfortunately history will get it wrong, for I am Ichabod Crane. Thankfully, I look nothing like the deranged soul that will bear my name.”
Reluctant Revolutionary War veteran Andrew Stevens is a new agent for the Inspector General. While roaming the countryside, he discovers a reclusive escaped servant girl. She is hiding her looks behind dirt and rags. She tells him that there’s something terribly wrong in Sleepy Hollow; something she’s too ashamed to admit.
The strong, but mild mannered Stevens decides to investigate the town with a new identity, Ichabod Crane, schoolmaster. Brom Bones and the local farmers bully him as a sissy, but Katrina, the town beauty, starts to see through his charade.
Fifteen year old Phoebe and her best friend Ingrid develop a fascination with Stevens. Seen through the eyes of school girls with crushes, they secretly watch him and discover a new kind of hero.
On Halloween he discovers the town secret and meets seven headless ghosts as he rides into legend on the Hessian Bridge.
"When I watched the Disney version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as a boy, I saw only a funny story, with Ichabod Crane as the goat. It never occurred to me that it was sending a message—a person who thinks too much is suspicious and subject to ridicule. I decided to write a new version, one in which a seemingly weak schoolmaster becomes a different kind of hero. It’s a version that I hope is welcomed in the twenty-first century." A. Van Kraft-------
Book Club Readers Guide included.
About the author;
A. Van Kraft is an award winning journalist and former News Director for a Los Angeles area National Public Radio affiliate. He has written hundreds of feature stories on social and political events. This is his first work of fiction. See about the book and the characters on FACEBOOK. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sleepy-Hollow-The-Secret-Life-and-Legend-of-Ichabod-Crane-Amazoncom/123031531136798
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