This first novel presents an Odyssean journey, combining a powerful love story with all the human tragedy and waste of war. “an incredibly absorbing novel, in the way you thought novels couldn’t be any more” Nick Hornby
He thought of getting home and building a cabin so high that not a soul but the nighthawks passing across the clouds in autumn could hear his sad cry.
Men ask the way to Cold Mountain.
Cold Mountain: there’s no through trail. Han-shan
Inman, a wounded soldier, turns his back on the carnage of the Civil War to begin the long, perilous walk home to Cold Mountain, and to Ada, the woman he loved before the war began. While Inman’s journey through the devastated South becomes an Odyssey, Ada struggles to scratch a living from the land her father left to her when he died. As they each confront a transformed world, neither knows whether the other is still alive.
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Charles Frazier's debut novel, Cold Mountain, is the story of a very long walk. In the waning months of the Civil War, a wounded Confederate veteran named Inman gets up from his hospital bed and begins the long journey back to his home in the remote hills of North Carolina. Along the way he meets rogues and outlaws, Good Samaritans and vigilantes, people who help and others who hinder, but through it all Inman's aim is true: his one goal is to return to Cold Mountain and to Ada, the woman he left behind. The object of his affection, meanwhile, has problems of her own. Raised in the rarified air of Charleston society, Ada was brought to the backwoods of Cold Mountain by her father, a preacher who came to the country for his health. Even after her father's death, Ada remains there, partly to wait for Inman, but also because she senses her destiny lies not in the city but in the North Carolina Blue Ridge.
Cold Mountain is the story of two parallel journeys: Inman's physical trek across the American landscape and Ada's internal odyssey toward an understanding of herself. What makes Frazier's novel so satisfying is the depth of detail surrounding both journeys. Frazier based this story on family history, and in the characters of Inman and Ada he has paid a rich compliment to their historical counterparts. Cold Mountain is, quite simply, a wonderful book.Review:
“…unblinkingly poignant, its mixture of deep beauty and harrowing sadness a reminder
that not all of war’s casualties lie in neat battlefield rows…” Sunday Times
“It is a passionate epic. Meticulously researched, it creates
a vivid picture of a forgotten world…” The Express
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