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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.
“…unblinkingly poignant, its mixture of deep beauty and harrowing sadness a reminder
that not all of war’s casualties lie in neat battlefield rows…” Sunday Times
“It is a passionate epic. Meticulously researched, it creates
a vivid picture of a forgotten world…” The Express
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The story begins near the end of the Civil War as Inman, a Confederate soldier, recuperates from his wounds and reflects on four years of ferocious fighting. Soon, he realizes that he will be sent back to fight some more. Overcome by that thought, he dreams of home instead. He sneaks out of the hospital through a window and begins a long, difficult trek home.
At the same time, Ada, his love from before the war, has just lost her father in the hill country in the Smokies. Brought up as an educated lady to her minister father in Charleston, she is unprepared to fend for herself. Soon befriended by Ruby, she begins the unremitting toil to get her farm working again without the proper help, resources and training. Those who have read Gone With the Wind will recognize many parallels to Scarlett O'Hara's situation at Tara after her father dies.
The novel interweaves Inman's and Ada's stories as they move towards a reunion on Cold Mountain. Inman is in constant danger as a deserter, and finds the going hard at a time when the local militia units are actively hunting down criminals and deserters. The losses in the war are also causing a general breakdown in civility among Southerners and through depredations from Federal troops. The episodes are reminiscent of the time on the raft in Huckleberry Finn for their raw display of the best and worst qualities of humanity. I was also reminded of Dante's Inferno.
One of the great strengths of the novel is that the ultimate reunion of Ada and Inman is handled in a thoughtful and in many ways, unexpected, manner.Read more ›
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Journeys are a pretty familiar way of exploring the world after the collapse of civilisation (Book of Eli, The Road) and this is just what the American South has come to, the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Stafford Steve
Picked this up at a works book sale and what a bargain. I admit I was attracted to the cover initially but I'm fascinated by the American civil war. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished 24 months ago by heather444