Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

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Read Cold Mountain Online Free - Cold Mountain is a novel about a soldier’s perilous journey back to his beloved near the Civil War's end. At once a love story & a harrowing account of one man’s long walk home, Cold Mountain introduces a new talent in American literature.

Based on local history & family stories passed down by Frazier’s great-great-grandfather, Cold Mountain is the tale of a wounded Confederate soldier, Inman, who walks away from the ravages of the war & back home to his prewar sweetheart, Ada. His odyssey thru 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 & Ada confront the vastly transformed world they’ve been delivered.

Frazier reveals insight into human relations with the land & the dangers of solitude. He also shares with the great 19th century novelists a keen observation of a society undergoing change. Cold Mountain recreates a world gone by that speaks to our time.

Title : Cold Mountain
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ISBN : 0802142842
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 449 pages


Amanda rated it ★★★★★

December 04, 2013

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...

Luthien rated it ★☆☆☆☆

June 25, 2007

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...

Kevin rated it ★★★★★

February 22, 2018

"Be strong, saith my heart; I am a soldier; I have seen worse sights than this." —Homer, The Odyssey Having recently read The Odyssey, I was prompted by Goodreads friend, @JulieGrippo, to go on this journey - namely, Homer’s epic voyage transposed to the terrain of 19th-century North America. Inma...

Will rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 18, 2017

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.

Algernon rated it ★★★★★

September 15, 2015

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...

Julio rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 02, 2015

i nearly plucked my own eyes from my skull in frustration. the 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 another. very,...

Heidi rated it ★★★★★

December 03, 2013

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 boo...

Cecily rated it ★★★★★

June 08, 2017

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 journ...

Amanda rated it ★★★★★

December 19, 2016

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...

Ali rated it ★★★★★

December 03, 2013

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 epic...for those that felt it was too long or boring, have you ever read The Odyssey? The comparison is made for a rea...

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