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Cold mountain /
Charles Frazier.
edition
First edition.
imprint
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c1997.
description
356 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0871136791, 9780871136794
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Book
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imprint
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c1997.
isbn
0871136791
9780871136794
general note
Map of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains on endpapers.
catalogue key
1293633
A Look Inside
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
American Booksellers Book of the Year (ABBY) Award, USA, 1998 : Won
National Book Awards, USA, 1997 : Won
National Book Critics Circle Awards, USA, 1997 : Nominated
Excerpts
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One of the most critically acclaimed and best-selling debut novels of the past decade, Cold Mountain tells the extraordinary story about a soldier's perilous journey back to his beloved at the end of the Civil War. At once a magnificent love story and a harrowing account of one man's long walk home, Cold Mountain introduced a stunning new talent in American literature. 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 re-creates a world gone by that speaks eloquently to our time.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 1997-05-15:
This monumental novel is set at the end of the Civil War and follows the journey of a wounded Confederate soldier named Inman as he returns home. Interwoven is the story of Ada, the woman he loves. Ada, who was raised in genteel society, cannot cope with the rigors of war until a woman called Ruby arrives to help her. Inman comes across memorable characters like the goatwoman, who lives off the secret herbs in the woods and Sara, a woman stranded with an infant who is assaulted by Yankee soldiers whom Inman later kills. After a long, threatening journey, Inman finally arrives home to Ada, "ravaged, worn ragged and wary and thin." His momentary homecoming, however, comes to a tragic end. A remarkable effort that opens up a historical past that will enrich readers not only with its story but with its strong characters. Highly recommended for all collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/97.]‘David A. Beronä, Univ. of New England, Biddeford, Me. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1997-05-05:
Rich in evocative physical detail and timeless human insight, this debut novel set in the Civil War era rural South considers themes both grand (humanity's place in nature) and intimate (a love affair transformed by the war) as a wounded soldier makes his way home to the highlands of North Carolina and to his prewar sweetheart. Shot in the neck during fighting at Petersburg, Inman was not expected to survive. After regaining the strength to walk, he begins his dangerous odyssey. Just as the traumas of life on the battlefront have changed Inman, the war's new social and economic conditions have left their mark on Ada. With the death of her father and loss of income from his investments, Ada can no longer remain a pampered Charleston lady but must eke out a living from her father's farm in the Cold Mountain community, where she is an outsider. Frazier vividly depicts the rough and varied terrain of Inman's travels and the colorful characters he meets, all the while avoiding Federal raiders and the equally brutal Home Guard. The sweeping cycle of Inman's homeward journey is deftly balanced by Ada's growing sense of herself and her connection to the natural world around the farm. 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. There is quiet drama in the tensions that unfold as Inman and Ada come ever closer to reunion, yet farther from their former selves. BOMC and QPB selections; paperback rights to Vintage; rights sold in Germany, the U.K. and France; film rights sold to Lynne Pleshette. (June) FYI: Frazier's great-great-grandfather was the source of this story about a Civil War soldier who deserted and walked home. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Reviews
Review Quotes
National Book Award Prize for Fiction (National Book Foundation) Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction (The Academy of Arts and Letters) "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." --James Polk, 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 "An astonishing debut . . . The genuinely romantic saga of Ada and Inman is a page turner that attains the status of literature." --Malcolm Jones, Newsweek "A richly rewarding first novel . . . Wonderfully convincing, finely detailed." -- Christian Science Monitor "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 "A great read--a stirring Civil War tale told with epic sweep [and] loaded with vivid historical detail." -- People "As close to a masterpiece as American writing is going to come these days." --Fred Chappell, Raleigh News & Observer "This novel's landscape is finely drawn, full of dark beauty and presentiment, 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 Sentinel "An exciting work of fiction." -- The Washington Post Book World "A rare and extraordinary book . . . heart-stopping . . . spellbinding." -- San Francisco Chronicle "A haunting, beautifully written tale." --Deirdre Donahue, USA Today "Deserves all the literary prizes that might be lying about." --Kaye Gibbons "The novel is above all a sustained flight of the imagination."-- Daily Telegraph "Cold Mountain offers compelling glimpses into the surreal horrors of [the Civil War]. . . . Inman's gripping odyssey alternates with the story of princess-turned-pauper Ada. . . . Civil War buffs, old-time music devotees and love-story suckers--there's something in this book for everyone" --Beth Macy, The Roanoke Times "Frazier's spare prose is rich in detail and nuance and never misses a beat in evoking the Civil War-era South. . . . Open this book to any page and you will find a description, simile, metaphor or word choice to take you breath away." --Eva Ciabattoni, Los Altos Town Crier "[A] spectacular book. . . . About loneliness and isolation and reaching out." --Ann Klaiman, The Salida Mountain Mail "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."--Erica Wager, The Times (London) "Heartbreakingly beautiful . . . elegantly told and convincing down to the last haunting detail." --John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil "A superb novel--thrilling, richly detailed and powerful. I was spellbound." --Frank Conroy "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, author of Father and Son "A parallel narrative: Inman is seriously injured at the end of the Civil War and begins a dangerous journey home, and Ada has struggled to learn firsthand how to keep alive on her family farm. A beautifully written love story, with much to discuss." --Robin Powers, St. Helens Book Shop, St. Helens, OR, Book Sense quote "A beautiful book, written in exquisite prose." --Kate Atkinson "Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain is the most impressive and enthralling first novel I have read in a long time. It is a magnetic story, ambitious in scope, with richly developed characters and beautiful evocations of landscape. Though set in an earlier time, it is contemporary in the profoundest sense, with resonance of A Farewell to Arms." --Willie Morris "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; when Ada ‘wanted to tell him how she had come to be what she was,' the understatement--as it is so often in Cold Mountain--is almost shattering. And then comes the ending." --Ann Beattie "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 more possible to never want to read another book, so wonderful is this one. Cold Mountain is one of the great accomplishments in American literature." --Rick Bass
This item was reviewed in:
Library Journal, March 1997
Kirkus Reviews, April 1997
Library Journal, May 1997
Publishers Weekly, May 1997
Booklist, June 1997
School Library Journal, November 1997
School Library Journal, December 1997
Guardian UK, December 2006
Guardian UK, September 2011
Guardian UK, October 2011
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Summaries
Authored Title
In this best-selling novel set during Civil War times, a soldier deserts & treks through the wilderness to Cold Mountain, where 2 women, Ruby & Ada, are trying to eke out a living.
Unpaid Annotation
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 re-creates a world gone by that speaks eloquently to our time.
Unpaid Annotation
"Cold Mountain, a debut novel that tells the extraordinary story of a soldier's perilous journey back to his beloved at the end of the Civil War, made publishing history when it received unprecedented critical acclaim and went on to sell over three million copies. Now the Oscar award-winning director and screenwriter of The English Patient and The Talented Mr. Ripley, Anthony Minghella, translates Charles Frazier's masterpiece to film and ""promises one of the richest screen experiences of the year"" (The New York Times)."
Table of Contents
Contextp. 1
Plot Overviewp. 3
Character Listp. 7
Analysis of Major Charactersp. 11
Inmanp. 11
Adap. 12
Rubyp. 13
Themes, Motifs & Symbolsp. 15
Isolation in the Search for Meaningp. 15
Knowledge and Intuitionp. 15
Seasonal Changes and Rotationsp. 16
The Pastp. 17
The Crowp. 17
Forked Roads and Crossingsp. 17
Dark-Haired Womenp. 17
Summary & Analysisp. 19
The Shadow of a Crowp. 19
The Ground Beneath Her Handsp. 22
The Color of Despair; Verbs, All of Them Tiringp. 24
Like any Other Thing, a Gift; Ashes of Rosesp. 27
Exile and Brute Wanderingp. 31
Source and Rootp. 33
To Live Like a Gamecockp. 36
In Place of the Truth; the Doing of itp. 39
Freewill Savages; Bride Bed Full of Bloodp. 42
A Satisfied Mind; a Vow to Bearp. 45
Naught and Grief; Black Bark in Winterp. 47
Footsteps in the Snow; the Far Side of Troublep. 50
Spirits of Crows, Dancing; Epilogue. October of 1874p. 53
Important Quotations Explainedp. 57
Key Factsp. 63
Study Questions & Essay Topicsp. 65
Review & Resourcesp. 69
Quizp. 69
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 74
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