Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain One of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory Charles Frazier s Cold Mountain is a masterpiece that is at once an enthralling adventure a stirring love story and a luminous evocation of a vanis

  • Title: Cold Mountain
  • Author: Charles Frazier
  • ISBN: 9780375700750
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Charles Frazier s Cold Mountain is a masterpiece that is at once an enthralling adventure, a stirring love story, and a luminous evocation of a vanished American in all its savagery, solitude, and splendor.Sorely wounded and fatally disillusioned in the fighting at Petersburg, Inman, a Confederate soldier, decides to walkOne of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Charles Frazier s Cold Mountain is a masterpiece that is at once an enthralling adventure, a stirring love story, and a luminous evocation of a vanished American in all its savagery, solitude, and splendor.Sorely wounded and fatally disillusioned in the fighting at Petersburg, Inman, a Confederate soldier, decides to walk back to his home in the Blue Ridge Mountains and to Ada, the woman he loved there years before 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, Ada is trying to revive her father s derelict farm and learn 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 American Odyssey hugely powerful, majestically lovely, and keenly moving.

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    1. Cold Mountain is quite possibly the most beautiful book that I've ever read. It's not for the faint of heart, however, as it's time consuming and requires a great deal of patience as Frazier takes his time with his descriptions of the landscape and the people as Inman, a soldier broken in spirit by the futility and waste of the Civil War, decides to walk home to Ada and his beloved Cold Mountain. That is not to say that Frazier wastes the reader's time or goes off on unnecessary tangents (althou [...]

    2. Considering the widespread acclaim this book and its subsequent film adaptation have received, I'm reluctant to write a negative review. Still, a dissenting opinion at least makes for an interesting read. This was absolutely the most boring book I have ever read. It took me about a year to finish it, because every time I tried to pick it up, day or night, I was asleep in minutes. Though the descriptions of the picturesque mountainous landscape are often beautiful, I fail to see the point. I can' [...]

    3. "Be strong, saith my heart; I am a soldier; I have seen worse sights than this."—Homer, The OdysseyHaving recently read The Odyssey, I was prompted by friend, @JulieGrippo, to go on this journey - namely, Homer’s epic voyage transposed to the terrain of 19th-century North America.Inman (not as heroic as Odysseus), an army deserter wounded in the American Civil War, faces a treacherous, interminable journey home to his love, Ada (i.e. Odysseus’ Penelope).You can see from my five-star ratin [...]

    4. Did not like it. Although it has an interesting structure and pretext, it is so intellectualized that it is hard to care about the characters at all. It seems like Frazier is more interested in showing off than in writing a gripping work of fiction.

    5. The best way I could find to describe the book is the American Civil War version of the Odyssey, with Inman as the wandering hero trying to find his way back home to the North Carolina Appallachians, and Ada as his Penelope tending the home fires. This is an oversimplification, but the epic scope is there, the perilous journey, the oddball characters met on the road, the mystical elements of prophecy, cursed fate, faithful love. Additional major themes tackled are the brutality and senselessness [...]

    6. i nearly plucked my own eyes from my skull in frustratione dullity was like another character in the story, grimly tugging at my sleeve to expound at length on the state of his bunion, and what it meant in relation to the larger struggle of humanity to achieve some fool thing or anotherry, very slowly.

    7. You've probably seen the movie made from this book.It was a fine movie. It won Oscars.But it cannot begin to capture the truly spectacular parts of this story because they are not the surface level narratives that make it onto the big screen.Before you can truly appreciate the quality of this book, you need to be familiar with at least Homer's Odyssey, Dante's Inferno, and parts of the Bible. You need to be on guard for a depth of symbolism and complexity of foreshadowing and allusion that will [...]

    8. How long would you wait for your lover, if you knew not whether they were alive, and you yourself had changed almost beyond recognition? This is a beautiful, understated, unsentimental Odyssey of quiet longing, endurance, and transformation."This journey will be the axle of my life."Inman's journey is across hundreds of dangerous miles, fleeing war and trying to get to where his love lives, four years after they parted. "She had made her way to a place where an entirely other order prevailed fro [...]

    9. Stunning! This book is the perfect example of timing being everything. I tried to read this book when it was first released and I don't think I got passed the first 25 pages. I tried again after I saw the movie with the same outcome. Fast forward to 2016, the book obviously hasns't changed but I am a completely different reader and I LOVED this book. I'm pretty generous with 5 star reviews but I don't add many books to my favorites shelf which is where this one ended up. It is a slow burn and yo [...]

    10. Is it long? Yes. Does it sometimes take entire paragraphs or chapters to describe the scope of the landscape? Yes. Is it entirely worth it? Yes. This book is best described as an epicr those that felt it was too long or boring, have you ever read The Odyssey? The comparison is made for a reason. This is not a book you take to the beach and read on vacationis is a book you pick up on a rainy day when you call in sick in the middle of the week. This is a book that becomes like a return to an old f [...]

    11. This book far exceeded my expectations. It was grim and beautiful. It's a historical novel that brings you to the time and place with such an easy touch awkward passages setting the stage, just outstanding storytelling. The characters are well developed and authentic in their complexity. Also, it rang true with my experience of life, meaning that not everything ended satisfyingly for the characters. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

    12. This is in my estimation one of the masterpieces of American fiction. I am surprised to be saying this, because I read it after I'd seen the film, and my expectations were not particularly high. Cold Mountain is the Odyssey retold in many respects not the least of which is its depiction of the horrors of violent expeditions far from home and the yet worse horrors of violence at home. It is a story of the Civil War as it affected those who were marginal to the state and had least to gain from the [...]

    13. I really shouldn't like this book as much as I do. A historical romance? Come on. Frazier's prose is in the tradition of that poetic backwoods style that you might find in some Faulkner or in the films of Terrence Malick and David Gordon Green. Definitely the product of a learned man trying to sound like he's from the sticks, equal parts Old Testament fire-and-brimstone and rootsy colloquialism. His story is ambitious in its attempts to convey feelings of the grandeur of America, smouldering pas [...]

    14. This is a superb chronicle of a wayward soldier seeking escape from the Civil War. Frazier masterfully evokes the time period through his vivid prose of characters and the natural environment. The journey of Inman and this beautiful book still dwell in my thoughts 16 years later.

    15. It's Gone With The Wind Meets Easy Rider -- with all the phoniest elements of both American classics!All the old Southern lies are here, chillun. Slavery wasn't so bad. We weren't fighting for slavery. The war was not our fault. Slavery was not our fault. Nothing is ever anyone's fault, except for the damned meddling Yankees who started the war for no reason at all! We are all prisoners of history. We know our darkies . . . and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!But at the same time there are plenty o [...]

    16. Just loved this book. I always enjoy books that do a good job of creating atmosphere through descriptive writing. This book is one of the best of that sort. The story itself is enjoyable, but what I liked even more was the detailed description of life in the civil war era. We have the idea from many movies and books that the south in the Civil War was all plantations and cotton, lovely ladies and dashing gentlemen. This south is something that Margaret Mitchell simply did not acknowledge, and it [...]

    17. What an absolute abomination. The only thing that saves this from the doom of getting just one star is well, at present I am even unable to think of that. Actually, I did laugh when Ada got attacked by a rooster. The books lacks a real story, is over-long, and whoever gave Mr Frazier a thesaurus should seriously reconsider their actions, because the excessive descriptions cause the reader to lose the will to live. Moreover: why, oh why, is it compared to The Odyssey? I fail to see how anyone cou [...]

    18. Charles Frazier's 1998 National Book Award winning novel, Cold Mountain, is sort of a love story. After barely having time to strike up a romance, North Carolina farmboy Inman is sent off to fight in the Amerian Civil War, leaving high society Charleston-bred Ada at home with a father who soon dies, forcing her to run their large farm and fend for herself in a world previously ignored by her as she focused on her literature, art, and music.Their stories are told in alternating chapters. In one c [...]

    19. There are so many good reviews on this book. Links to some of my favorites at the bottom. There are also a number of reviewers who were bored silly and rated this one low. Cold Mountain is forever 5 Stars for me. The language was magical and captivating, the characters vivid, the South of the late Civil War ominous yet, in places, inviting. This is a book I can read many times. Inman, the wounded Confederate soldier has released himself from further fighting and is walking back to Cold Mountain. [...]

    20. The best experience I ever had reading a book. I recommend reading it in the winter, but whatever. The winter I read it was the coldest & saddest winter I have ever experienced. The book, taking place in the late 1800's, reminded me that some things cannot ever change with the times: Struggle. Heartbreak. Love. Adversity. Fear. Uncertainty. The human inclination to survive. To name a few. That said, though, this was not a depressing book. Somehow, it gave me an unexpected and strange kind of [...]

    21. 3.5 stars - It was really good.Much like on the movie screen, Ruby's character stole every scene in the book. I enjoyed how her characterization was so vivid and memorable and also appreciated the great atmospheric quality this novel held.Normally the author narrating their own book really adds an extra spark to the story, but in this case, I wish the publisher would have utilized a professional narrator. Had I read this one traditionally instead of listening to it, it may have resulted in a hig [...]

    22. Melancholic, bleak and stunningly violent, the book narrates many stories of bitter souls living grim lives and towards the end(view spoiler)[one of the most moving and tender love scene (hide spoiler)]. Frazier’s beautiful prose gives the reader a perfect sense of place and time. I loved this book!Favourite quotes:The woman looked as if she thought Inman spoke the greatest foolishness she had ever heard. She pointed her pipe stem at him and said, You listen. Marrying a woman for her beauty ma [...]

    23. When I was thinking of what to say about The Namesake, which I liked alot, I started thinking that maybe we need an asterisk for books that are truly special to us, that knock our socks off. I know that one reason why some books do that has to do with a certain time in our lives. Books that did that to me in the past, like the Alexandria Quartet, I haven't looked at again since I was in my 20's. Others I return to again and again. Cold Mountain is one of those. (Along with Bel Canto, The Fountai [...]

    24. Sometimes I start reading a book after seeing a movie I liked and wonder, “Why am I doing this?” Too often, if I like the book or the movie, experiencing the other medium is, at best, a disappointment. Not so here. The movie pales by far in comparison to the lush atmosphere of the book. There’s not a great deal in the way of plot, but there is a tremendously immersive and poetic recreation of life behind the lines in the American Civil War. The romance at the story’s heart isn’t the ov [...]

    25. Nature has always occupied the top slot in my sense of aesthetics. The sun shining down on the foliage, a sky overcast with clouds with a breeze blowing all the while, the morning orchestra of birds & insects and many more such sights & sounds have in them the power to make me fall in love with nature again & again. This book proved special to me for this same reason for it was a long love letter to nature. Written in the back drop of the American Civil War and taking its cues from H [...]

    26. Ever wonder who it was to live in a remote countryside during the Civil War? How it was to be a solder for the confederacy when your side seemed to be losing? This is one such scenario of what it was like. In this book you get to see the war from both sides: Inman, a young man from Cold Mountain, goes off to fight for probably glory but instead he is wounded and left to die on the battlefield. Only he doesn't die and is eventually picked up and taken to a field hospital then sent on to a regular [...]

    27. I hated this book. Said enough? I put off writing the review as I know others will disagree. It's not that it isn't well written, it's not that the characters aren't done well. In the words of a friend of mine when her husband talked her into reading it"Why would I like this thing?"Some will not agree with me, and that's fine, but I have lived through relatively tough times, I've lost loved ones, I've struggled for something only to have it fall through. These are not my leisure time activities. [...]

    28. This is an award winning modern classic skillfully written by Charles Frazier who as a native of the Carolina Mountains provides rich detail of the terrain. It's the story of Inman a wounded soldier who escapes from a field hospital and walks away from the Civil war, through the war torn and soon to be defeated South to return to Cold Mountain and Ada his sweetheart. Meanwhile Ada and Ruby a feisty drifter try to revive her father's farm which has gone to ruin after his death. An underlying them [...]

    29. I read this book before the movie was planned (at least to my knowledge), and I loved it from the beginning. It probably isn't the type of book you can read with lots of distraction around you, it requires a quiet setting where you can immerse yourself in the beautiful writing. Set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains the story of the Civil War is told as it relates to the lives of those who live in this rural area, and the devastating effect it has on everyone. However, the story is much more [...]

    30. Book on CD read by the authorA wounded soldier walks away from the hospital, determined to return to his love on Cold Mountain. Meanwhile that young woman, raised to be a flower of Southern womanhood, is finding her way alone, with the help of a homeless waif with reserves of strength and the knowledge to survive. This is a slow study in character and what matters most. Inman has fought valiantly but no longer recognizes the purpose for which he is fighting, and wants nothing more than to return [...]

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