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Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain

Book - 1997 | 1st ed
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Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c1997
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780871136794
Branch Call Number: F FRAZI-C
Characteristics: 356 p. ; 24 cm


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CMLibrary_DJeffrey Apr 08, 2021

Paced so meticulously that every book I've read since has felt like a high school paper.

Mar 04, 2021

After several years I've reread this with a different view, I'm thinking it's maturity, a broadened exposure to other war conflicts. As for this era of reads/stories it is not my 'go to' read. I totally disagree with the book cover blurbs . The only other read I've found to engage my mind and that deviates from the supposed Southern charm, romance, war issues is Enemy Woman by P. Jiles. To me this was surviving a war that literally pit family against family - not unlike current issues.

The voices were melodic matching the time period, as was the desperate need to live. This author well knows his subject, history, environs, despite a somewhat monotone presentation. I found his language beautiful, especially compared to today's brutality. When I reached the chapter 'the doing of it' where he meets with the goatherder my feeling of understanding with the author was completed.

To those who write of patience, boring tale, give this another look many years from now.

May 31, 2019

A mediocre and dull book that was made into a terrible movie. I have no idea how this won the National Book Award (1997) and received praise from Alfred Kazin, Kaye Gibbons, and Rick Bass. I also have no idea how you write a novel about the Civil War and never mention slavery. Yeah, it's kind like "The Odyssey," if "The Odyssey" kinda sucked.

Oct 31, 2018

I read this book to fulfil the goal read a best seller from the year you finished high school (1997) i really enjoyed it descriptive sentinces. it was a book that made you picture the sence. it is full of vivid detail. spoiler alert: the ending made me cry, but still it was one of the best books i've read in a long time. it does start off a bit slow, but have patience. it is a great work of fiction.

Aug 03, 2017

A masterpiece of words. There were unexpected twists and turns throughout the story and I was shocked about what happens to one of the main characters. This book could stand the test of time and still be a jewel among other literary works.

Nov 12, 2016

Good novel overall. It is a good book but it is more for teens+. If you want a book about adventure and surviving, this is a good one.

PimaLib_LisaW May 07, 2015

One of my all time favorite reads. A simplistic love story complicated by a grim and devastating war. The haunting prose and vivid imagery require readers to have a passionate patience to see the story to the end.

WVMLStaffPicks Nov 13, 2014

During the Civil War, a soldier deserts the front, hoping to find his way back through Cold Mountain to his love. Their reunion turns out to be very bitter sweet. One of the best works of fiction I’ve read in a long time.

Sep 05, 2012

dry beyond belief. i could not keep my eyes open, it was monotone i couldn't get how this became a movie.

Aug 20, 2012

Great novel. It wasn't until after the introduction of Ruby's character that I enjoyed picking up the book. I found Ada's character to be irritating, that is until midway through her story.

I was pleasantly surprised by this novel, and would recommend it to others with a bit of advice: have patience!

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Oct 30, 2018

"She was so tired her legs felt burnt out from under her, but she believed she could get through this if she did one thing at a time and thought of the remaining things left to be done as sequential, not cumulative."


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