Cold Mountain

Frazier, Charles

(Book - 1997)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain is an extraordinary novel about a soldier's perilous journey back to his beloved at the end of the Civil War. At once a magnificent love story and a harrowing account of one man's long walk home, Cold Mountain introduces a stunning new talent in American literature. Based on local history and family stories passed down by the author's great-great-grandfather, Cold Mountain is the tale of a wounded soldier, Inman, who walks away from the ravages of the war and back home to his prewar sweetheart, Ada. Inman's odyssey through the devastated landscape of the soon-to-be-defeated South interweaves with Ada's struggle to revive her father's farm, with the help of an intrepid young drifter named Ruby. As their long-separated lives begin to converge at the close of the war, Inman and Ada confront the vastly transformed world they've been delivered. Charles Frazier reveals marked insight into man's relationship to the land and the dangers of solitude. He also shares with the great nineteenth century novelists a keen observation of a society undergoing change. Cold Mountain re-creates a world gone by that speaks eloquently to our time.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0871136791
Characteristics: 356 p. ;,24 cm.


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Nov 13, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

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.

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!

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!

Feb 27, 2012
  • blolo rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 16, 2011
  • Mysticara7 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an amazing book.

There is an awful lot of blood and death which might be a problem for you if you're squeamish. It isn't gratuitous violence though, there is always a reason for it to be there.

I've noticed that a lot of the reviews of this book express disappointment with the ending. Without giving anything away I will say that the ending is not what you want or expect, but if you think about it, the book couldn't end any other way.

And if you're wondering, the movie is definitely worth watching too. I saw it after I read the book. I can't decide which I like more, they're very different but both very good.

Apr 12, 2011
  • GrumpyDave rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

1997 National Book Award - Fiction

Nov 05, 2010
  • dying2read rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great read! Could not put it down.

Aug 08, 2010
  • pokano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was about as good a piece of fiction as I had ever read until I got to the last few chapters. It's as if Frazier ran out of steam. Worth the National Book Award for the remainder of the book.


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