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Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain
Author: Charles Frazier
Winner of the 1997 National Book Award — A New York Times and Globe and Mail Notable Book of the Year — Charles Frazier has created a masterpiece that is at once an enthralling adventure, a stirring love story, and a luminous evocation of a vanished land, a place where savagery coexists with splendour and human beings contend with the inhuman soli...  more
ISBN-13: 9781400077823
ISBN-10: 1400077826
Publication Date: 11/25/2003
Pages: 464
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 252 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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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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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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This is one of the few times I actually liked the movie better than the book and that's not saying much. There were only a few points in the story when I really cared about what was going on. About half way through I wished I was a person who could stop reading a book in the middle, but I have a hard time not finishing a book. I'm glad I kept reading because at least I'm not a quitter, but I don't feel like I gained much by reading this book.
Most of the chapters surrounding Inman, I could have really cared less. I was really tired of the trompsing through the woods stuff. I understand what the author was doing with this book, I just didn't find it entertaining, entralling or inspiring in any way.

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Critically wounded and severely disillusioned by the fighting at Petersburg, Inman - a Confederate soldier - turns his back on the carnage of the battlefield and begins the treacherous journey to his home in the Blue Ridge Mountains and to Ada, the woman he loved before the war began. As he attempts to make his way across the mountains, through the devastated landscape of a disintegrating South, Inman comes into intimate and sometimes lethal contact with a variety of different people. Slaves and marauders, bounty hunters and witches - people who are both helpful and malign.

At the same time, the intrepid Ada struggles to revive her father's derelict farm. She had once lived a fairly affluent life - now her circumstances have been reduced to subsistence level by such a brutal war. Ada is learning to survive - and hoping to eventually thrive - in a world where all the old certainties have been irrevocably swept away.

As it masterfully interweaves both Inman's and Ada's stories, Cold Mountain: A Novel portrays an era and a landscape that is at once hugely powerful, majestically lovely, and keenly moving.

In my opinion, this was an absolutely brilliant book - a new American classic. The story was evocative of a time that was incredibly harrowing and brutal for everyone - soldiers and survivors alike. It had a reality and a poignancy to it that I found extremely moving. Cold Mountain: A Novel captures the brutality of the Civil War perfectly - I give it a definite A+! This is a book which stands in a class all its own.
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Both book & movie were good, but the charachters are grittier in the book. There were a few hunting scenes that were hard for me to read, but I overall enjoyed it.
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Loved this book!!

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