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Cold Mountain (1997) [Novel]
by Charles Frazier Rating: Weighted - 8.2 / Average - 8.2 of 10 (15 votes) (Rate!)
Reviews: 2 (show them) Review!

Summary :

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 women 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.

Original title: Cold Mountain
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHistoricalNorth AmericaAmerican Civil War


  • Dedication: "—for Katherine and Annie"


Edition #1: Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain (1997)
Awards: National Book Award: Fiction (1997)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "A rare and extraordinary book ... heart-stopping ... spellbinding." San Francisco Chronicle
  • "Astonishing... a genuinely romantic saga that attains the status of literature." Newsweek
  • "As close to a masterpiece as American writing is going to come these days." Raleigh News & Observer
  • "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." The New York Times Book Review
  • "Charles Frazier's feeling for the Southern landscape is reverential and beautifully composed. He has written an astonishing first novel." Alfred Kazin, The New York Review of Books
  • "A great read—a stirring Civil War tale told with epic sweep [and] loaded with vivid historical detail." People
  • "Strikingly beautiful.... In its vivid evocation of a time and place, its steady storytelling momentum, and its unabashed affirmation of a fiction that takes moral choice seriously, Cold Mountain calls to mind Snow Falling on Cedars." Newsday
  • "An exciting work of fiction." Washington Post Book World
  • "Heartbreakingly beautiful.... elegantly told and convincing down to the last haunting detail." John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  • "The best Civil War novel since Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels.... [It] deserves any and all prizes that might be lying about." Kaye Gibbons
  • "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 wealth of finely realized supporting characters.... A memorable book." The New York Times Book Review
  • "Magnificent—in every conceivable aspect.... One of the great accomplishments in American literature." Rick Bass
  • "A richly rewarding first novel.... Wonderfully convincing, finely detailed." Christian Science Monitor
  • "This novel's landscape is finely drawn, full of dark beauty and presentment, and so are its characters." The New Yorker
  • "Measured and graceful... savor it. You'll find the characters living in your head for a long time." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal
  • "This is one of the best books I've read in a long time, and I cried when it was over. It's simply a miracle." Larry Brown
  • "Cold Mountain is a book with epic sweep, a war-time love story that refuses to give way to tired sentiment." Los Angeles Times
  • "A superb novel—thrilling, richly detailed and powerful. I was spellbound." Frank Conroy
  • "A remarkable first novel, a romance of love, of friendship, of family, of land. Frazier has inhaled the spirit of the age and breathes it into the reader's being." The Times (London)
  • "At once spare and eloquent.... Interspersed with so many moments of sadness, the many movements of compassion seem entirely convincing and are very affecting.... The understatement... is almost shattering." Ann Beattie
  • "The most enthralling first novel I have read in a long time." Willie Morris
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Cold Mountain (1997)

ISBN: 0375700757

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