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Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain
Author: Charles Frazier
One of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain is a masterpiece that is at once an enthralling adventure, a stirring love story, and a luminous evocation of a vanished American in all its savagery, solitude, and splendor. — Sorely wounded and fatally disillusioned in the fighting at Petersburg, Inm...  more
ISBN-13: 9780375700750
ISBN-10: 0375700757
Publication Date: 8/12/1998
Pages: 464
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 697 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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  • Currently 1.5/5 Stars.
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Some people may just adore this book. For some reason, I have never been able to get into it. I've attempted to read this book several times, and just lose interest. Perhaps this book will do better in the hands of another reader.
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So many have given this book enthusiastic reviews and called it great literature. I did not like it, nor did I consider it great writing.

I know it is fiction, but I wonder how accurately it portrays the time of the Civil War. I think the author has taken a current worldview and applied it to that time. There is no authentic Christianity in it. All of the characters that Inman meets on his travels home are crude or criminals or primative. I know that is probably to set the mood of the times, but I think there was some (if not much) geniune Christianity, true religion that gave the hopeless hope during that desperate time. Look at how many in our country turned to religion (in some form or another) after the 9/11 attacks.

I read over three-fourths of the way through it, skimmed through the rest, then just decided to not finish reading it carefully. I thought the ending was unsatisfying.

I have read books that did not have happy, neatly wrapped up endings (such as Cancer Ward, The Chosen). I do not think this book in the same category as these.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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This is about a man who is making is way home from the Civil War after being injured. (Through the North Carolina Mountains) His drive is behind a woman he barely knows. The story goes back and forth between his journey and what is happening in her life as he is making his way. I enjoyed the depiction of what life was like in the mountains during this time. How hard life was. How hard you had to work to survive. I enjoyed it so much, it made me wants to learn to grow and cook like they did. Just to get the feeling

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  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Inman, a Confederate soldier is wounded and on furlough at a hospital when he decides one day to just walk away from it all. He is healing and he knows that as soon as the doctors let him go he'll be back in Virginia fighting the Federals. Completely disillusioned by war and disgusted with the acts he's witnessed, he wants only to return to his home, Cold Mountain, and to Ada, the one he loves. Ada, a southern belle raised not to work suddenly finds herself in dire straits when her father, the preacher in Cold Mountain, dies. The help leaves and with the war raging in its 4th year there's no men around to hire and run the farm. Ada finds herself wanting to stay regardless and she begins to eek out a living and runs the farm while she waits for the end of the war and the return of Inman.

The book is saga-like in that 'The Road' way, though not as terrifying. The chapters alternate between Inman and Ada. Inman's journey is long, treacherous, and filled with not only sadness but pockets of hope. Ada continues on her chosen path though it is the hardest thing she's ever done. All the while the two think of each other and their reunion - and wonder at how they'll be perceived for all the changes that have occurred.

A richly written book that really captures that essence of America on the cusp of change. Some of the descriptions of injuries and battles can border on pretty graphic, but really they aren't half as bad as others I've read. And the ending, oh the ending. It's not at all what I wanted and I'm sure you'll agree, but it is probably the only way to end this story. I was heartbroken.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Superbly written. If you watched the movie, it followed the book pretty well. The book is worth the read, you learn so much more about the characters and they are definitely worth knowing.
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A little wordy on the descriptions of the landscapes, but that plays into Inman's long walk home. More adventures than recounted in the movie. I love Ruby and her views on men and war. It's a very good book, and works as a love story, an "odessey" and as historical fiction that shows the reader what the civil war meant to individuals - women, soldier, outlier, slaves, families. Details about the home gaurd and some of the crazy-desperate people were really enlightening about a time that we so often aggrandize and only learn about from the history book perspective.

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