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Cold Mountain

A book by Charles Frazier

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Cold Mountain

  • Dec 3, 2007
Even rustic Cold Mountain, NC feels the cold embrace of the Civil War and most of its young men answer the call to fight. Some of the more hardened stay behind and form the Home Guard, which amounts to nothing more than a group of violent men intent on delivering their own brand of justice to those they call outliers, deserters of the war.

This is the story of two people in Cold Mountain who meet, are separated by the war, and meet again, both drastically changed by the hardships they've endured. Inman, a Confederate soldier, walks away from the hospital where he's being treated for a near-fatal wound and begins his long journey to reach Ada, the one woman he hopes can save him from his despair over humanity. Ada Monroe is a socialite whose preacher father took her to the isolated backcountry of Cold Mountain, NC. When Ada's father dies shortly after the war begins, she finds herself alone and destitute. To her rescue comes Ruby, a homeless young woman who lives her life relying on natural signs. Ruby teaches Ada many life lessons, foremost of which, how to survive on her own.

While working his way back to Ada, Inman encounters every sort of danger imaginable, from men intent on killing him to wild animals. Ada encounters her own hardships, from starvation to hard living. The two work toward one another, physically and mentally, and when they meet have reached the point where their lives can merge into something truly beautiful.

Cold Mountain is a fascinating read; filled with historical and geographical information wrapped around a beautiful love story. Frazier's style is eloquent, lyrical, and mesmerizing. He uses unique phraseology relative to the time of the story and delivers characters the reader does not soon forget.

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review by . November 11, 2012
When I started Cold Mountain I wasn't entirely sure how much I might like it (full disclosure:  I have not yet seen the movie version starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Renee Zellwegger).  It seemed from what I had read in the movie reviews and on the back cover that there was a great chance that the book might be too modern and precious to be good.  I am glad to admit my mistake, and boy was I wrong. Frazier's narrative, dialogue, and description is as spare, dry, and …
review by . June 14, 2010
This book was set in civil-war North Carolina, during a time where men were hauled off to war and the deserters were shot.    Ada Monroe learned things the hard way. After the death of her father and the love of her life, Inman's departure, she was left to fend for herself on the farm that she lived her whole life on. If not for Ruby's appearance one day at her doorstep to help, Ada was withering away in despair. Their friendship allows them to work together to produce crops …
Quick Tip by . July 14, 2010
The book is excellently written and captivating. The movie adaptation is terrible. Why can they not follow a good plot in a movie is beyond me.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
A decent book about a hrading working women. It moved a little slow for me.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
A very good book that takes place during the Civil War.
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
I had to read it to see what all the fuss was about. I have to admit it was somewhat disappointing.
review by . November 19, 2007
I wrote this review when the book was brand new, but am just now getting around to posting some of my older stuff. My take then: "It's time for GONE WITH THE WIND to move over, the Civil War has finally produced a great novel. This story of a perilous journey across North Carolina and an equally difficult journey of the heart rings far truer than other accounts of the era, and affirms ones faith in modern readers (many months a best seller) and the literary establishment (National Book Award). My …
review by . March 17, 2007
Immense and reaching in its ambition, dense in its verbiage and sense of character and place, chilly in its view of life and man's fate, "Cold Mountain" is aptly titled, even if most of it weren't set on a steep North Carolina promontory of that name.    Inman, a soldier in the Confederate Army during the War Between the States, has had enough. Wounded, he escapes from the hospital rather than return to action for a cause he doesn't especially believe in and knows to be lost. …
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This unabridged audio version ofCold Mountain, read by author Charles Frazier, deserves at least as much acclaim as thebestselling print edition, which won the National Book Award. The tale chronicles a Confederate army deserter's search for home and love in the last days of the Civil War.

Much has been made of the story's homage to The Odyssey, the origins of which are found in an oral tradition. One can't help but hear echoes of Homer when listening to Frazier's soft, deliberate voice give life to his lyrical writing and to his understated, yet convincing rendering of the overwhelming events of war. Both Frazier's prose and reading are leisurely, recalling a slow foot pace. His delivery is uniquely suited to Innman's arduous, adventure-filled walk toward home and to the possibility of a reunion with Ada, the woman he loves. The author's reading does equal justice to Ada, who is being transformed by her struggle for survival on her father's farm. There is precious little dialogue, and Frazier makes no effort at acting out the characters.

One small irritation in the production is a beeping noise at the end of each side. Another minor complaint is that the tapes don't have individual boxes, which was perhaps an attempt to make the overall package appear more booklike. The recording does, however, make deft use of two brief musical interludes. In a subtle twist, the fiddle music that opens the first cassette, when repeated as an ...

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ISBN-10: 0802142842
ISBN-13: 978-0802142849
Author: Charles Frazier
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Grove Press
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