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Cold Mountain [Unknown Binding]

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  • ISBN-10: 0340715561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340715567
  • ASIN: B001KT92W2
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 9.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,358,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Prose 1 Oct 2009
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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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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A long odyessy, but a rewarding trip 27 Mar 2003
It does take a while to really get into this book. For me, it was between 80 and a 100 pages before I was at the point of continually being drawn back to the book. I think this was the point where I started realizing and appreciating the mythic quality of the story.
As Inman makes his painful journey, he meets many people, each of which have a story to tell. In the alternate chapters following Ada and Ruby, there are flashbacks. Through the stories and the flashbacks, one gets more and more of the feel of the times. This certainly isn't the glamorized South being depicted.
For those reading this book during the Iraqui war, there is much to think about. Times haven't changed all that much. Apparantly, there were those who felt that the war was being fought for economic reasons, not for moral reasons.
This is no fast read. Rather, it is a book to spend a bit of time with. There's a bit of fancy in it which contrasts with stark and brutal reality.
It's being made into a movie, and it is quite obvious that the producers are looking for a chance to win some Oscars. You don't take a best-selling civil war novel, hire an academy award winning director and acting talent like Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweiger & Jude Law, then set it to open Christmas Day if you're not thinking Oscar. However, the screenwriter has a challenge ahead of him, and if he turns out a script that is reasonably true to the book and yet satisfying as a movie, he will definitely deserve an Oscar.
So the question is should you who are reading my review read this book? Very difficult question. It's not a real easy book. It's not packed with adventure, though there is adventure in it.
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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 4 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 4 months ago by Peter Ohlson
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 5 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 12 months ago by sophietrophy
4.0 out of 5 stars American Odyssey
This book reflects the sentimental feelings Americans have about themselves and their character and nostalgia for their history. Read more
Published 13 months ago by John Fitzpatrick
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