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Summary ¾ Cold Mountain ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ 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 literatureBased on local history familyConverge at the close of the war Inman Ada confront the vastly transformed world they’ve been deliveredFrazier 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 tim. 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 interested in showing off than in writing a gripping work of fiction

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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 literatureBased on local history family stories passed down by Frazier’s great great grandfather Cold Mountain is the tale. Be strong saith my heart; I am a soldier; I have seen worse sights than this —Homer The OdysseyHaving 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 AmericaInman not as heroic as Odysseus an army deserter wounded in the American Civil War faces a treacherous interminable journey home to his love Ada ergo Odysseus’s PenelopeYou can see from my five star rating that I was captivated by this book but it could just have easily been demoted to three stars as it was very nearly hoisted by a petard of its own poetic proseSo I'll just get my two gripes out of the way then we can all sit down and have a nice cup of teaGripe #1One of my pet peeves is seeing dialogue that isn't neatly nestled between some perfectly respectable speech marks Why Charles Frazier Why They were evidently good enough for Dickens Hugo and Dostoyevsky yet for some artsy reason you didn't feel the needOf course the enlightened readers among us can get by without them but applying the same logic why bother with commas and full stops In fact let's go the whole hog and eliminate vowels as well Huh Bloody vowels making words much longer than they need to beGripe #2More than most I drool over a banuet of sumptuous prose Frazier writes beautifully and songbirds landed on my shoulders while I read rather like a dreamy scene from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs All it seemed was perfectly spiffing in my worldBut holy pretentiousness Batman Surely he didn’t have to pack every blimmin' paragraph with eminence until each one burst at the seams The high calibre prose though meritorious did uicksand the pace of my read and decelerated the narrative thrust of the story Ahhh now isn't it just grand to get things off one's chest So how about that nice cup of tea do you take milk and sugarThe story despite my two gripes is a towering epic worthy of the utmost praise Evocative and monumental it carries weighty themes of love resilience honour and devotion with great aplomb Granted it doesn't flow like a cold mountain stream but you won't often see writing as good as this in our modern age

Charles Frazier ↠ 6 Characters

Cold MountainOf 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. 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 uiet longing endurance and transformation This journey will be the axle of my lifeInman's journey is across hundreds of dangerous miles fleeing war and trying to get to where his love lives four years after they parted She had made her way to a place where an entirely other order prevailed from what she had always knownAda's journey takes place within a few miles of her home It's no coincidence that Inman's treasured book is a travel book whereas Ruby held a deep distrust of travel even to the shops Times are tough but at least Ada and Inman have confidence in who and what it is they yearn for StructureMost of the novel alternates between Ada’s and Inman's separate struggles to survive with backstory gradually provided by their reminiscences Each of Inman's chapters involves a dramatic encounter good or bad that sheds light on his character as well as the trials of war and wilderness Ada is 26 orphaned nearly destitute and trying to cope with a little land but no staff or skill The varying tempo works wellBoth Inman and Ada cultivate the art of really seeing Inman is ever watchful noticing every little sign in nature or people's behaviour that may signal danger a shadow behind leaves a blade hidden in a hairdo; Ada learns to see the signs of seasons weather harvest birds and animalsThe language is sometimes a little archaic as it should be uotation marks are not used but I didn't really feel their absence dialog is usually prefaced with a long dashCivil WarAlthough the backdrop is the American civil war I didn't feel hampered by my relative lack of knowledge of US history There was enough background detail to picture daily life but the politics and the war were external to the characters and hence to me as a readerRight and Wrong; Revenge and ForgivenessInman is a deserter badly injured but a deserter none the less He was never a natural killer is haunted by what he's seen and done and doesn't believe in the cause anyway if he ever did There are gangs wanting bounty for finding deserters and desperate men who will kill for any reason and none Coupled with his inherently peaceful and forgiving nature repeatedly put to the test the risks are great Pondering the story of a man born blind Inman asks himself What would be the cost of not having an enemy Who could you strike for retribution other than yourselfBut retribution isn't really his mindset; he's almost too good to be true given the hardships and dangers he faces such as stealing food but leaving money than it's worth putting himself in grave danger to help strangersand avoiding and preventing violence even when it's not really his responsibility and would be easier to walk away He's certainly forgiving than the disgraced preacher VeaseyThe Sustenance of Literature and MusicAn unexpected pleasure was the underlying thread of the solace to be found in books On the very first page Inman is in military hospital settling his mind with a treasured copy of Travels of William Bartram Throughout the story he returns to this book in small snippets at times of need view spoilerWhen he's reunited with Ada he reads her an extract hide spoiler