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Cold Mountain In , Charles Frazier S Debut Novel Cold Mountain Made Publishing History When It Sailed To The Top Of The New York Times Best Seller List For Sixty One Weeks, Won Numerous Literary Awards, Including The National Book Award, And Went On To Sell Over Three Million Copies Now, The Beloved American Epic Returns, Reissued By Grove Press To Coincide With The Publication Of Frazier S Eagerly Anticipated Second Novel, Thirteen Moons, Sorely Wounded And Fatally Disillusioned In The Fighting At Petersburg, A Confederate Soldier Named Inman Decides To Walk Back To His Home In The Blue Ridge Mountains To Ada, The Woman He Loves 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, The Intrepid Ada Is Trying To Revive Her Father S Derelict Farm And Learning 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 Odyssey, Hugely Powerful, Majestically Lovely, And Keenly Moving 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 am a completely different reader and I LOVED this book I m pretty generous with 5 star reviews but I don t add many books to my favorites shelf which is where this one ended up It is a slow burn and yo 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 am a completely different reader and I LOVED this book I m pretty generous with 5 star reviews but I don t add many books to my favorites shelf which is where this one ended up It is a slow burn and you have to be patient and take your time but the reward is so worth it The story is beautiful and haunting and I am so glad that I kept trying and finally found the right time to read this 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 by the futility and waste of the Civil War, decides to walk home to Ada and his beloved Cold Mountain That is not to say that Frazier wastes the reader s time or goes off on unnecessary tangents althou 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 by the futility and waste of the Civil War, decides to walk home to Ada and his beloved Cold Mountain That is not to say that Frazier wastes the reader s time or goes off on unnecessary tangents although for those who like quick narratives, it may seem that way , but he is in no hurry to rush the novel to its conclusion To have done so would have stripped the novel of its power as it examines the lives of both Inman and Ada, a Southern belle woefully unprepared to exist in the harsh mountain landscape of Cold Mountain when she finds herself all alone What may seem like lengthy transcendentalist like descriptions of nature actually serve to reveal the inner life of each character and enrich the narrative.Of the two alternating narratives, I found Inman s the most compelling His is a Dante like journey through the Inferno of the American South comparisons could also be made to Homer s The Odyssey While he time and again encounters people wallowing in depravity and sin in a seemingly lawless world, he also encounters along this hellish journey acts of selflessness and kindness that serve as balm to his soul when he s on the cusp of losing all hope Ironically, those offering the greatest kindnesses are those who are the most excluded from society slaves and women Inman is a man who is capable of violence, but only when necessary After killing indiscriminately in war, he s determined to do no harm unless it s absolutely unavoidable It may be because of the violence that is still latent within him that Inman struggles so with the world and his place in it Of the reviews I ve read, most readers disliked the novel s ending Without giving away any spoilers, I ll only state that I thought the ending was the only possible one offered in a world consumed by war.Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder Be strong, saith my heart I am a soldier I have seen worse sights than thisHomer, 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 America.Inman 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 Penelope.You can see from my five stBe strong, saith my heart I am a soldier I have seen worse sights than thisHomer, 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 America.Inman 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 Penelope.You 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 prose.So I ll just get my two gripes out of the way, then we can all sit down and have a nice cup of tea Gripe 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 need.Of 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 be Gripe 2More than most, I drool over a banquet 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 world.But 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 quicksand 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 sugar The 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 JourneyA sweeping and tumultuous story of an injured American civil war soldier who goes AWOL and makes a relentless and dangerous journey back home to Cold Mountain, and to the woman he intends spending the rest of his life with As poetic as Homer s Odyssey, Charles Frazier s Cold Mountain is an outstanding literary masterpiece He tells the story of Inman and Ada, their past, people they meet on their travels, the challenges they face and the dreams they hold dear A physical journey home and JourneyA sweeping and tumultuous story of an injured American civil war soldier who goes AWOL and makes a relentless and dangerous journey back home to Cold Mountain, and to the woman he intends spending the rest of his life with As poetic as Homer s Odyssey, Charles Frazier s Cold Mountain is an outstanding literary masterpiece He tells the story of Inman and Ada, their past, people they meet on their travels, the challenges they face and the dreams they hold dear A physical journey home and a journey of personal development, equally captivating, equally precarious and equally drawing the story to a climactic ending With a magician s hand, Frazier keeps us spellbound with the central story, while conjuring wisps of literary tales from Greek, Roman and English literature and weaving them into the narrative with the effortless hand of an illusionist Frazier is never obvious with the content of his story, even though Odysseus journey back from the Trojan War to his wife Penelope in Ithaca, reverberates throughout this novel This is not about a modern retelling of the Odyssey but rather enticing us to explore how the ancient folklore has been reshaped to provide a unique, clever and agonising alternative Within the narrative, we catch faded echoes of exotic characters such as Witches, Sirens, Cyclopes, Persephone, Calypso, Cerberus, Narcissus but their behaviour may or may not follow an expected path but it will always be imaginatively realised.Inman battles elements of nature as he travels through the winter cold, wet, hungry and at times disorientated He is an honest man and often reflectsthe wrong a man does flies back at himAs a soldier he has seen horrors and been part of those horrors, but he approaches every situation with a positive intent that fairness will be done Sometimes kindness is repaid and sometimes it is manipulated against him Regardless, Inman must face all his trials as he descends through the levels of hell who knows maybe there are nine of them and Dante makes an appearance as well Ada is joined by Ruby as she now tries to make her farm operational following the death of her father A lady of leisure, Ada must now face a harsh reality and journey through the challenges of hard work, growing crops, raising livestock, fixing fences and trading for goods Ruby is accomplished at this type of work and bluntly forces Ada to play her part in this endeavour Ada now goes to bed tired and physically exhausted and her outward appearance changes to sun drenched skin, rough skinned hands and practical work clothes.Frazier places nature as a constant reference point and uses it with distinguished ardour Elements of birds and trees add deeper appreciation of the signs nature is constantly presenting to us Nature with its mythical connections gives Frazier another wand to magically enthral us.This was a first buddy read with Julie and it was a joy to take our time and discuss the links and decipher the meaning of various scenes I am full of admiration for Charles Frazier after devouring his epic piece of work and I would highly recommend reading the book Another addition to my Top 10 books of all time

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