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Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain
Author: Charles Frazier
Sorely wounded and fatally disillusioned in the fighting at Petersburg, a Confederate soldier named Inman decides to walk back to his home in the Blue Ridge mountains to Ada, the woman he loves. His trek across the disintegrating South brings him into intimate and sometimes lethal converse with slaves and marauders, bounty hunters and witches, b...  more
ISBN-13: 9780802142849
ISBN-10: 0802142842
Publication Date: 8/31/2006
Pages: 464
Edition: 1ST
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 69 ratings
Publisher: Grove Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 10
I know that many people must have truly enjoyed this novel, but I found it to be horrible. It was almost impossible to identify with any of the characters, and especially the character of Ada was vapid and shallow. Ruby was great, but not the zelwegger type in my own imagination. Truly this book seemed like a complete waste of time. Very few redeeming qualities in any of the people featured doesn't make much of a story. Just a little too out there, in my opinion, although very historically acurate in terms of Civil War history and the era.
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Helpful Score: 6
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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Helpful Score: 5
This book is so well written and the research the author did shows in his depiction of life during the Civil War. This is a world turned upside down by war, and the male protagonist is on a journey home after seeing humanity at its worst. Meanwhile the female lead is trying to learn how to maintain a farm after the death of her father leaves her penniless. Everyone these people encounter have stories, myths, and legends to tell. It's a travel tale in the mold of The Odyssey. There is a lot of substance here, I think it deserves a second reading to pick up on some of the themes the author left half-buried in the tale for the reader to find. There are some gruesome sections (usually having to do with hunting or battles) and there is some use of "the 'n' word" (though not in an overly pejorative way), if either of those bother you a great deal be warned.
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Helpful Score: 4
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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Helpful Score: 3
One of my favorite stories. This is truly difficult to part with but I would love it if someone else can enjoy it as much as I did. Beware, the first 100 pages or so are kind of gruesome but once you get past that the characters shine!
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I loved this book. I saw the movie version first. I've found that when a book is based on a movie it's better to see the movie first and then read the book later. Such was the case here. At the first of the book the story followed the book pretty closely. But as the book went on the story was quite different. In the movie the angst of Inman wanting Ada is portrayed as palpable and he talks about her often, even cries over her. But in the book you don't get that sense of his burning desire. Certainly the author makes us realize he wants her and thinks of her and certainly is trying hard to get home to her. But we see that he is busy just trying to survive in his journey home. Ada is not always at the forefront of his mind. Survival is what is foremost in his mind. So comparison between the book and movie aside I loved the detailed descriptions of Inman's journey and Ada's life on her farm. I could picture everything perfectly in my mind. SPOILER ALERT: even the ending was well written and when Ada and Inman are last together I appreciated that the author did not make the ending so sad as to make me cry. The epilogue finished out the story nicely. I will definitely read more from this author. He did his research well and used old phrases and terms not only from the area, but the area during the civil war. The way the mountain people lived, interacted, behaved and thought made me feel I had gone back in time. I am a sucker for period pieces and stories and was glad this book did not disappoint. Well done. You won't be disappointed with this one.

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