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Cold Mountain


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ISBN13: 9781400077823
ISBN10: 1400077826
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Pineconebrownie, May 3, 2010 (view all comments by Pineconebrownie)
The book, Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, contains a beautifully written plot, but the investment does not pay off in the end. The plot builds, yet the climax does not match the perceived ending. If looked at solely as a piece of literature with no entertainment ties, it is fabulously written. Frazier does a wonderful job of depicting the impact of a war, both the impact on the individual and society. Although extremely well written, the book’s conclusion is brief and sudden for how much has accumulated to get there. This leaves a feeling of disappointment, and makes the book as a whole an unworthy investment of reading.
Cold Mountain takes place in the gorgeous Virginia countryside during the Civil War. It is about two lovers who have parted because of the war. Inman, along with thousands of other men, is required to go and fight for the South. Ada, Inman’s lover, takes up the family farm after her father passes. The story dives into their daily adventures that take place while they are apart separated. They are both trying to survive the difficult time they are living in. The story is set up in episodes that go back and forth from Ada’s and Inman’s perspective. Inman is on a great journey back to Ada that contains numerous obstacles and acquaintances. Ada maintains her father’s farm to survive with the help of a young girl named Ruby. Their stories give vision of what life was like in America during the nineteenth-century, specifically during the Civil War. The Civil War aspect of the book depicts the detrimental effects of war on individuals and a society.
At the time, the Civil War impacted everyone in the United States. Frazier reveals what life was like during that time through Inman’s and Ada’s eyes. Inman actually fought and was wounded during the war. The book begins with his neck injury in the hospital, and continues as he makes his way back to Ada. His physical wound symbolizes his emotional wound from the ward. The wound on his neck stays with him throughout the book, as does his mental distraught from the war. “He had grown so used to seeing death, walking among the dead, sleeping among them, numbering himself calmly as among the near-dead, that it seemed no longer dark and mysterious”(180). After seeing all the carnage and violence, he will never be the same. As for Ada she had to fend for herself in order to survive. The war affected Ada financially, leaving her with nothing but the farm. “It discussed as if at arm’s length the war, the embargo, the various other expressions of hard times, ant their effect on Ada’s income, which would be reduced, in fact, to approximately nothing, at least until the war’s successful conclusion”(46). Not only did she have no money, but she had no idea how to maintain a farm. She needed help, which was a problem because all of the men fit for the job were off fighting. Luckily she got Ruby, who knew what she was doing. Along with individuals, war affects societies as a whole.
War has a huge impact on the countries involved, and often times it impacts the rest of the world in some form. The Civil War divided the United States of America into two separate regions, the North and the South. Both sides had their opinions of the other side, and were fighting for their way of life. “Inman put the paper down and thought about Cherokee boys scalping Federals. It was humorous in a way, those pale mill workers coming down so confident to steal land and yet losing the tops of their heads out in the woods”(13). Along with dividing a country, war also costs lots of money and lives. Often times countries and its citizens experience hardship during a time of war. Cold Mountain displays this very well. Ada portrays the side of being without a man and without money due to war. Inman portrays war itself, and the violence that is a part of it. All throughout the book, he recollects all the death he witnessed, which he himself almost fell victim to. “The Federals were thick on the ground, lying all about in bloody heaps, bodies disassembled in every style the mind could imagine”(9). Details about the Civil War continue throughout the novel, and these details highlight what war can do to individuals and societies.
As beautiful as Cold Mountain was, I think the plot ruins the book. The plot is built up through the novel and when it reaches its climax, the novel disappoints. The whole book is each character’s experiences which do not have anything to do with their reuniting love. The book is about Ada and Inman getting back together, and the fashion in which it happens makes the first three hundred pages of the book worthless. Overall, the book is not worth the time invested to read it. However, it was very beautifully written. The imagery that Frazier creates of the south is astounding. He also depicts the devastating effects of war very well. I like how the book was structured in episodes which rotated back and forth from Inman to Ada. I would recommend this book to Charles Frazier fans and teachers. I say teachers because of all the literary devices within the book. Other than those two groups of people I would not recommend the 356 pages that make up Cold Mountain.
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JL, January 11, 2010 (view all comments by JL)
This story is about a Confederate soldier, walking home to the woman he loves. Both have faced hardships and discover unsuspecting truths about themselves.
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JimCollins, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by JimCollins)
Character, place and time each vividly drawn. A compelling story of the best and worst of humanity artfully told.
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Cheryl O'Neil, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Cheryl O'Neil)
I just love everything about this book. I actually have read it 3 times. I have a first edition with the typo but unfortunately it has some water damage.
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rhcp_001, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by rhcp_001)
beautiful prose, brilliantly lovely story in a very interesting time period in American history.
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Product Details

Frazier, Charles
Random House
Frazier, Charles
Historical - General
War & Military
Edition Number:
Movie Tie-in ed.
Publication Date:
November 25, 2003
7.98x5.30x.98 in. .73 lbs.

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Product details 449 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9781400077823 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This heartbreaking story of a Confederate soldier is absolutely riveting. Although Inman is gravely wounded, he deserts the army and heads back home on foot, keenly aware that he has the slimmest chance of making it alive. Trying to elude bounty hunters, starvation, and fear, Inman's journey is both harrowing and beautiful.

"Review" by , "Novelists are never in short supply. 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 , "Charles Frazier's first novel is a rare and extraordinary book, a Civil War novel concerned less with battlefields than with the landscape of the human soul."
"Review" by , "Rich in evocative physical detail and timeless human insight....In a leisurely, literate narrative, Frazier shows how lives of soldiers and of civilians alike deepen and are transformed as a direct consequence of the war's tragedy."
"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 , "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 , "A great read — a stirring Civil War tale told with...epic sweep...loaded with vivid historical detail."
"Review" by , "Cold Mountain is a heartbreakingly beautiful story, elegantly told and utterly convincing down to the last haunting detail."
"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 , "A grim story...somewhat submerged by the weight of lyrical detail piled on the tale, and by the slow pace of the telling....A promising but overlong, uneven debut."
"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 , "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 ever read. It seems even possible to never want to read another book, so wonderful is this one. Cold Mountain is one of the great accomplishments in American literature."
"Review" by , "Charles Frazier's novel is at once spare and eloquent, a panorama that the author stills long enough to make a portrait — a very evocative portrait of Inman, a soldier who is trying to escape a ruined world. Interspersed with so many moments of sadness, the many moments of compassion seem entirely convincing and are very affecting..."
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