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Cold Mountain

Frazier, Charles (Book - 1997 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Inman, a wounded soldier, walks away from the front during the Civil War to return to his prewar sweetheart, Ada, who desperately works to revive a struggling farm.
Authors: Frazier, Charles, 1950-
Title: Cold mountain
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 356 p. ;,24 cm.
Local Note: 1 6 8 15 16 29 35 53 97 102 109 112 122 129 133 138 143 148 151 152 159 167 173 188 193 198 203 210 211 222 224 226 228 231 232 242 250 262 264 268 270 272 274 276 278 280
ISBN: 0871136791
Statement of Responsibility: Charles Frazier
Subject Headings: United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Fiction.
Genre/Form: Love stories-1997.
LCCN: 97000275
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Aug 10, 2013
  • Darrelln rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book. Enjoyed watching Ada become self sufficient running a farm on her own with none of the modern conveniences.

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

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!

@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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