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Book 35 - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is a short story by American author Washington Irving that has become a Halloween and horror classic. Set in 1790 in Tarrytown, New York, Ichabod Crane encounters a mysterious figure who carries his head not on his shoulders, but in his saddle.

I had been familiar with only the broad strokes of this story, so it was interesting to learn the full details. Some of this "mythology" obviously went into the concept of the TV show and would have been noteworthy to know when I was still watching it, but I lost that bubble a while ago! Anyway, this has a satisfying mix of exposition, humor, and adventure. Occasionally the author gets a little bogged down in describing things, but there's usually a counter-balance of action and gentle barbs at the characters. Overall a quick and pleasant read.
Tags: classic, ghosts

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