In short, Cold Mountain blew me away. Every now and then a book or movie comes up out of nowhere and floors me. This was the case with Cold Mountain. A wounded Confederate deserts and tries to find his way home is the jist of the book but the characters and stories along the way are priceless.
The author has the gift of language and the characters words flow off the pages very naturally. The book is stunning in it's simplicity and depth. People are reduced to their bare emotions and reactions trying to survive in very austere circumstances.
It is basically a love story and what one man will do to get back home to a girl he hopes is still there. His journey is long and very hard and he almost starves many times.
A wonderful historical novel by a first time author. A stunning first novel which I can't stop thinking about.
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Based on local history and family stories passed down by the author's great-great-grandfather, Cold Mountain is the tale of a wounded soldier Inman, who walks away from the ravages of the war and back home to his prewar sweetheart, Ada. Inman's odyssey through the devastated landscape of the soon-to-be-defeated South interweaves with Ada's struggle to revive her father's farm, with the help of an intrepid young drifter named Ruby. As their long-separated lives begin to converge at the close of the war, Inman and Ada confront the vastly transformed world they've been delivered. Charles Frazier reveals marked insight into man's relationship to the land and the dangers of solitude. He also shares with the great nineteenth-century novelists a keen observation of a society undergoing change. Cold Mountain re-creates a world gone by that speaks eloquently to our time.