Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain

A Novel

eBook - 2007
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In 1997, Charles Frazier's debut novel Cold Mountain made publishing history when it sailed to the top of The New York Times best-seller list for sixty-one weeks, won numerous literary awards, including the National Book Award, and went on to sell over three million copies. Now, the beloved American epic returns, reissued by Grove Press to coincide with the publication of Frazier's eagerly-anticipated second novel, Thirteen Moons. Sorely wounded and fatally disillusioned in the fighting at Petersburg, a Confederate soldier named Inman decides to walk back to his home in the Blue Ridge mountains to Ada, the woman he loves. His trek across the disintegrating South brings him into intimate and sometimes lethal converse with slaves and marauders, bounty hunters and witches, both helpful and malign. At the same time, the intrepid Ada is trying to revive her father's derelict farm and learning to survive in a world where the old certainties have been swept away. As it interweaves their stories, Cold Mountain asserts itself as an authentic odyssey, hugely powerful, majestically lovely, and keenly moving.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 2007
ISBN: 9780802197177
0802197175
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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lukasevansherman
May 31, 2019

A mediocre and dull book that was made into a terrible movie. I have no idea how this won the National Book Award (1997) and received praise from Alfred Kazin, Kaye Gibbons, and Rick Bass. I also have no idea how you write a novel about the Civil War and never mention slavery. Yeah, it's kind like "The Odyssey," if "The Odyssey" kinda sucked.

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Anita_Dickey
Oct 31, 2018

I read this book to fulfil the goal read a best seller from the year you finished high school (1997) i really enjoyed it descriptive sentinces. it was a book that made you picture the sence. it is full of vivid detail. spoiler alert: the ending made me cry, but still it was one of the best books i've read in a long time. it does start off a bit slow, but have patience. it is a great work of fiction.

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vv19
Aug 03, 2017

A masterpiece of words. There were unexpected twists and turns throughout the story and I was shocked about what happens to one of the main characters. This book could stand the test of time and still be a jewel among other literary works.

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red_alligator_2979
Nov 12, 2016

Good novel overall. It is a good book but it is more for teens+. If you want a book about adventure and surviving, this is a good one.

PimaLib_LisaW May 07, 2015

One of my all time favorite reads. A simplistic love story complicated by a grim and devastating war. The haunting prose and vivid imagery require readers to have a passionate patience to see the story to the end.

WVMLStaffPicks Nov 13, 2014

During the Civil War, a soldier deserts the front, hoping to find his way back through Cold Mountain to his love. Their reunion turns out to be very bitter sweet. One of the best works of fiction I’ve read in a long time.

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jdatwell
Sep 05, 2012

dry beyond belief. i could not keep my eyes open, it was monotone i couldn't get how this became a movie.

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tsol1234
Aug 20, 2012

Great novel. It wasn't until after the introduction of Ruby's character that I enjoyed picking up the book. I found Ada's character to be irritating, that is until midway through her story.

I was pleasantly surprised by this novel, and would recommend it to others with a bit of advice: have patience!

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lesarahe
Feb 28, 2012

@bdetty - I also hated this book. Couldn't stand it actually and somehow ended up with two copies. You're not alone!

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blolo
Feb 27, 2012

I recognize that this book is "literature" and well written in many regards, but I hated it. I'll admit, I feel like not liking this book makes me seem like a "dumb" reader, since pretty much all "serious readers" love this book... but I can't fake it - I didn't enjoy one page of it and it took me FOREVER to finish because I never wanted to pick it up. I shouldn't have bothered.

One of the things that I hated is that the main plot is interrupted with a million little "side stories" - side stories from characters that the main characters meet or "flashbacks" from the main characters. This really distracted me and prevented me from "getting into" the story.

I also hated the style of the writing. It was cold and stark and bleak. I know this is what the author was going for, but it prevented me from developing any connection with any characters.

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Anita_Dickey
Oct 30, 2018

"She was so tired her legs felt burnt out from under her, but she believed she could get through this if she did one thing at a time and thought of the remaining things left to be done as sequential, not cumulative."

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