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A Book Review of Cold Mountain

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A Book Review of Cold Mountain "I am coming home one way or another, and I do not know how things might stand between us. I first thought to tell in this letter what I have done and seen so that you might judge me before I return. But I decided it would need a page as broad as the blue sky to write that tale, and I have not the will or the energy." --"Cold Mountain" Charles Frazier Introduction Cold Mountain was written by Charles Frazier. Charles Frazier was an Anthony Ming Ella's star. 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 woman 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. ...read more.


Humanity has a place in nature that aligns with the old life ways. Few, if any, contemporary readers thread beans to make leatherbritches or make home made harrow, yet these and other early nineteenth century practices are paid homage to in the writing of this book. There is a value in the old way of life where people depended on the land, limited desires, and made due with what nature provided. A lesser theme is that of how the lives of soldiers and civilians alike are transformed by the war. The mountain people especially were caught between the two different economies of the war. Though they had no ties to either slave agriculture or industrial capitalism, their homes and lives were all but destroyed. The theme of the danger of solitude is also presented. In scenes where Inman or Ada are left to their own thoughts, their moods degenerate and their thoughts become negative. ...read more.


During his way to Cold Mountain, the writer wrote many things. He exposes the result that the war had brought to people. Wives became widows. Parents had to live by themselves as their children wound never come back. At another time, we can see the growth of Ada, who is a girl. After her father died, she had to learn to earn her living. There is a iron will underlying that soft and fluffy fa�ade. With the help of Ruby, they live happily. Ada likes playing piano. When she practices playing piano, she always misses her beloved Inman. She really hopes he will come back one day and she believes he will come back. Conclusion 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. ...read more.

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