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Cold Mountain [Paperback]

Charles Frazier
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8 Dec 2003

A soldier wounded in the Civil War, Inman turns his back on the carnage of the battlefield and begins the treacherous journey home to Cold Mountain, and to Ada, the woman he loved before the war began.

As Inman attempts to make his way across the mountains, through the devastated landscape of a soon-to-be-defeated South, Ada struggles to make a living from the land her once-wealthy father left when he died. Neither knows if the other is still alive.



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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre; Film Tie-in Ed edition (8 Dec 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340824727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340824726
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 622,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Frazier's debut novel, Cold Mountain, is the story of a very long walk. In the waning months of the Civil War, a wounded Confederate veteran named Inman gets up from his hospital bed and begins the long journey back to his home in the remote hills of North Carolina. Along the way he meets rogues and outlaws, Good Samaritans and vigilantes, people who help and others who hinder, but through it all Inman's aim is true: his one goal is to return to Cold Mountain and to Ada, the woman he left behind. The object of his affection, meanwhile, has problems of her own. Raised in the rarified air of Charleston society, Ada was brought to the backwoods of Cold Mountain by her father, a preacher who came to the country for his health. Even after her father's death, Ada remains there, partly to wait for Inman, but also because she senses her destiny lies not in the city but in the North Carolina Blue Ridge.

Cold Mountain is the story of two parallel journeys: Inman's physical trek across the American landscape and Ada's internal odyssey toward an understanding of herself. What makes Frazier's novel so satisfying is the depth of detail surrounding both journeys. Frazier based this story on family history, and in the characters of Inman and Ada he has paid a rich compliment to their historical counterparts. Cold Mountain is, quite simply, a wonderful book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A remarkable first novel, a romance of love, of friendship, of family, of land. Frazier has inhaled the spirit of the age and breathes it into the reader's being (Erica Wagner, The Times)

Cold Mountain is a heartbreakingly beautiful story, elegantly told and utterly convincing down to the last haunting detail (John Berendt)

Full of graphic, unflinching details, striking concrete images and lyrically precise descriptions of the natural world, this wonderful novel presents the terrible, discordant reality of life in a war. Profoundly moving, it raises all the big questions (Christina Patterson, Observer)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have ever read 12 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Traces the parallel lives of the two main characters through the American Civil War. More than just a love story, it is simply absorbing. I could not put it down. The author uses language to maximum effect and I felt transported. It is easy to empathise with such well developed characters. I recommend it to everyone.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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On reading Cold Mountain, it is hard to believe that this is a debut novel. It has all the mastery of a classic, with evocative descriptions that give the reader a real feel for the age and place in which the novel is set. Cold Mountain is set in hard times, and the narrative reflects these - the hardships of both battle and simply surviving at home are not neglected (as some authors may have been tempted to do), in order to convey the romance more adequately. The sweet and the sour come together, with a balance of both that makes this book highly readable - appealing to those who prefer gritt and those who prefer sweetness. Perfect.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Set in a lost world, wilderness existence is tenderly recreated. The rhythm and turn of the seasons in the Blue Ridge Mountains are skillfully juxtaposed with the brutality of the American Civil War. Cold Mountain had me spellbound from first to last.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Prose 1 Oct 2009
By D. Elliott TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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No explanations on plot are necessary with some 60 book reviews of `Cold Mountain' already posted and with a successful film released to a wide audience. This review is more of an endorsement of the brilliant writing style and structuring of the book. The film may not live up to the book, but it is little wonder that it was chosen for cinema production as author Charles Frazier excels at generating visual images - from gruesome barbarous battle scenes and murderous episodes to gratifying serene mountain landscapes and caring relationships. His graphic and evocative descriptions of people, events and situations create characters and atmosphere that appear real to readers and compel them to be concerned and to feel indignant at the stupidity and brutality of war and man's inherent cruelty, yet also to be sensitive to human strengths for survival and to appreciate the capacity for love and friendship. Skilful use of alternating chapters is adopted between the circumstances of the main protagonists with both kept distinctly separate and also cleverly interwoven as they converge to a haunting conclusion. As a major constituent for a book of fiction `Cold Mountain' has a good plot - but perhaps its greatest quality is its powerful prose.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, evocative, profound 15 May 1999
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Format:Paperback
I had left off reading any other Amazon reviews before finshing the book, so was unaware what an impact it had made on other readers (over 750 on the US Amazon!) The author honestly admits that he had trouble with his ambitious creation, but clearly believed in the need to tell us this story. Perhaps his problems may have left some narrative wrenches, and a few improbable twists (and what novel does not have those?) But on completion I found that I had been let into thoughtful and wistful insights into nature, war, love and death. This was odyssey, not primarily an historical tale. Yet the period and events it was set in were fundamental to the workings of the plot. And it was the perfect reading companion to my journey around Tennessee this year. Thank you, Charles Frazier for perservering with your book, which was unsentimental, crafted to work on a number of levels, and which succeeded in leaving this English reader with a sense of loss in your own past. I might have applied the same compliments to the works of Thomas Hardy!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Books Just Make You Happy 23 Dec 2003
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Charles Frazier has certainly set himself a mammoth task if his second novel is to live up to this his first. The copy I have of Cold Mountain has “magnificent” on the cover and I for one found it just that. It is a model of evenly paced prose and there is never a hint of overblown picture painting that might tempt a lesser writer, in an attempt to bring the landscape to the page. This is a book I shall read again and again: the feel-good is there in abundance.
The story made up of a split narrative between a wounded soldier walking home from the horrors of the American Civil War and a young woman trying to learn the practicalities of self-sufficiency after the death of her father and the loss of her wealth; is the basic framework for a multitude of tales told by characters met on this journey of quest. This makes it reminiscent of Don Quixote and Frazier temporarily provides the main character with a Sancho Panza along the way.
For me it is the power of the female characters that is so pleasing; and the girl Ruby is warm and earthy. She speaks her kindness by her actions and not by her words; and really is the spirit of mother earth, which pervades the whole book. The landscape is feminine and benevolent and the women in it are the channels for that generous spirit.
No one is turned away hungry, no one is left unsheltered. This is a new-age view of landscape and environment; and one that is very cheering.
Frazier’s men are generally a problem. Either they are the hunter or the hunted, the desperate or the dissolute. Death in the form of a character called Teague haunts every forest and byway, he stalks every man in the book. While the women are fonts of comfort and sustenance but above all practical wisdom.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it!
This book is well-written and portrays well the hardships of the people living during this era. I really enjoyed the book in the end, however it took me at least 80 pages or so to... Read more
Published 16 days ago by heather444
3.0 out of 5 stars The film of 'Cold Mountain ' was better.
This debut novel by Charles Frasier was given rave reviews by many critics due to its excellent prose and descriptive writing apart from its thoughtful love story during the Civil... Read more
Published 5 months ago by B. D. Compton
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book
This author reminded me of Joseph Conrad, the writing is marvellous and often homes in on detail which makes you feel as if you were there. Read more
Published 5 months ago by P O
4.0 out of 5 stars evocative and atmospheric
enjoyed this as much on my second reading. a love story...not just between two people but with the land of cold mountain. descriptive and atmospheric.
Published 5 months ago by colette brown
4.0 out of 5 stars charles `frazier cold mountain
a really good read though towards the end got a bit tired of his wordiness, and rather wished for different ending!
Published 5 months ago by liz white
1.0 out of 5 stars Romanian?!
Beware - the Kindle version is written in Romanian. No idea why this version is confusingly offered on the UK site. Hello Amazon are you there? Please move it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ceri Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Written in Romanian?
All of the products are in English- except for the Kindle download. Despite saying in the product description that the book is written in English, and with all other versions of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Charlotte Wheeler
3.0 out of 5 stars Study Aid - abridged version
I had my suspicions as it said 'level 5'?I I should have mailed them first! This is an abridged version with study questions in the back. Read more
Published 10 months ago by NIKKI CHALKLEY
1.0 out of 5 stars book title written in English but story in Romanian.
Its written in ROMANIAN and Im ENGLISH. What can I say. I certainly did not expect to be downloading a book that is of no use to me.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved Cold Mountain
I watched the film then bought the book. Sometimes you know you are reading a good book, read it quite quickly, and really enjoy it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by sophietrophy
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