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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 recreates a world gone by that speaks eloquently to our time.

Review:

"Cold Mountain is a heartbreakingly beautiful story, elegantly told and utterly convincing down to the last haunting detail." John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Review:

"This novel is so magnificent — in every conceivable aspect, and others previously unimagined — that it has occurred to me that the shadow of this book, and the joy I received in reading it, will fall over every other book I have ever read." Rick Bass

Review:

"A heightened, thrilling love story....Perhaps the most eloquent writing about the awful drudgery and desperation of the Civil War since Thomas Keneally's Confederates....A great read." John Doyle, The Globe and Mail

Review:

"Charles Frazier has taken on a daunting task — and has done extraordinarily well by it....A Whitmanesque foray into America; into its hugeness, its freshness, its scope and its soul....Such a memorable book." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"A page-turner that attains the status of literature.....Natural-born storytellers come along only rarely. Charles Frazier joins the ranks of that elite cadre on the first page of his astonishing debut." Newsweek

Review:

"A rare and extraordinary book....Heart-stopping.....Spellbinding." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"A great read — a stirring Civil War tale told with...epic sweep...loaded with vivid historical detail." People

Review:

"Cold Mountain is the best Civil War novel since Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels. Written in a style equal to that of Shelby Foote, this novel deserves any and all prizes that might be lying about." Kaye Gibbons

Review:

"Charles Frazier may be picking the coins out of Cormac McCarthy's pockets, but my God what a novel he has made from them....Despite its stylistic echoes, Cold Mountain is an intensely moving novel, a spare but eloquent exegesis on love and war. The story of Inman and Ada will remain with you long after the oil lamp is extinguished." Jonathan Miles, Salon.com

Review:

"This novel is so magnificent in every conceivable aspect, and others previously unimagined, that it has occurred to me that the shadow of this book, and the joy I received in reading it, will fall over every other book I have ever read." Rick Bass

Review:

"Lush, poetic, moving and artfully exciting. A heightened, thrilling love story. Perhaps the most eloquent writing about the awful drudgery and desperation of the Civil War since Thomas Keneally's Confederates. A great read." John Doyle, The Globe and Mail

Review:

"Charles Frazier has taken on a daunting task and has done extraordinarily well by it.... In prose filled with grace notes and trenchant asides, he has reset much of the Odyssey in 19th-century America, near the end of the Civil War....A Whitmanesque foray into America; into its hugeness, its freshness, its scope and its soul. Such a memorable book."The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"A page-turner that attains the status of literature. Natural-born storytellers come along only rarely. Charles Frazier joins the ranks of that elite cadre on the first page of his astonishing debut." Newsweek

Review:

"A rare and extraordinary book. Heart-stopping. Spellbinding."San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"A great read a stirring Civil War tale told with...epic sweep...loaded with vivid historical detail."People

Synopsis:

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

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 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.

About the Author

Charles Frazier grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. He now lives in Raleigh with his wife and daughter, where they raise horses. Cold Mountain, his first novel, was nominated for a National Book Award.

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Ariel Valladares, September 22, 2011 (view all comments by Ariel Valladares)
A truly beautiful book, "Cold Mountain" is exquisitely written and very moving. Historical fiction is a great genre, and this book just jumps right in, along with a heartbreaking love story. This is a novel that I've been drawn to again and again, being immersed in the language and the story, it doesn't get any better.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375700750
Author:
Frazier, Charles
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Frazier, Charles
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Fiction.
Subject:
War & Military
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Vintage contemporaries ed.
Publication Date:
August 1998
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
7.98x5.28x1.01 in. .76 lbs.

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Product details 464 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375700750 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Cold Mountain is a heartbreakingly beautiful story, elegantly told and utterly convincing down to the last haunting detail."
"Review" by , "This novel is so magnificent — in every conceivable aspect, and others previously unimagined — that it has occurred to me that the shadow of this book, and the joy I received in reading it, will fall over every other book I have ever read."
"Review" by , "A heightened, thrilling love story....Perhaps the most eloquent writing about the awful drudgery and desperation of the Civil War since Thomas Keneally's Confederates....A great read."
"Review" by , "Charles Frazier has taken on a daunting task — and has done extraordinarily well by it....A Whitmanesque foray into America; into its hugeness, its freshness, its scope and its soul....Such a memorable book."
"Review" by , "A page-turner that attains the status of literature.....Natural-born storytellers come along only rarely. Charles Frazier joins the ranks of that elite cadre on the first page of his astonishing debut."
"Review" by , "A rare and extraordinary book....Heart-stopping.....Spellbinding."
"Review" by , "A great read — a stirring Civil War tale told with...epic sweep...loaded with vivid historical detail."
"Review" by , "Cold Mountain is the best Civil War novel since Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels. Written in a style equal to that of Shelby Foote, this novel deserves any and all prizes that might be lying about."
"Review" by , "Charles Frazier may be picking the coins out of Cormac McCarthy's pockets, but my God what a novel he has made from them....Despite its stylistic echoes, Cold Mountain is an intensely moving novel, a spare but eloquent exegesis on love and war. The story of Inman and Ada will remain with you long after the oil lamp is extinguished."
"Review" by , "This novel is so magnificent in every conceivable aspect, and others previously unimagined, that it has occurred to me that the shadow of this book, and the joy I received in reading it, will fall over every other book I have ever read."
"Review" by , "Lush, poetic, moving and artfully exciting. A heightened, thrilling love story. Perhaps the most eloquent writing about the awful drudgery and desperation of the Civil War since Thomas Keneally's Confederates. A great read."
"Review" by , "Charles Frazier has taken on a daunting task and has done extraordinarily well by it.... In prose filled with grace notes and trenchant asides, he has reset much of the Odyssey in 19th-century America, near the end of the Civil War....A Whitmanesque foray into America; into its hugeness, its freshness, its scope and its soul. Such a memorable book."
"Review" by , "A page-turner that attains the status of literature. Natural-born storytellers come along only rarely. Charles Frazier joins the ranks of that elite cadre on the first page of his astonishing debut."
"Review" by , "A rare and extraordinary book. Heart-stopping. Spellbinding."
"Review" by , "A great read a stirring Civil War tale told with...epic sweep...loaded with vivid historical detail."
"Synopsis" by , NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

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 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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