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Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
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Dec 23, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction

What a beautiful Civil War story. Set among the Blueridge Mountains, a wounded soldier, Inman, contemplates life as he lies recuperating in a hospital. Thinking that war has ruined him enough, he decides that he either needs to separate himself from the brutality of humanity and become a hermit, or return home to Ada, the girl he left behind, and attempt to repair his damaged spirit.

From the moment Inman steps through the hospital window on the start of his journey, the reader is led as an onlooker, experiencing the merciful kindness and companionship of those who help him on his journey home, and the baseness of those impeding his way, always with the fear that he will be captured and returned to the fighting, or killed in his perilous dealings.

Ada has a journey of her own, living alone in Black Cove after the death of her father. Raised as a city girl in Charleston, she experiences her own personal road of hardship as she learns to love the mountains and the demands of the farming life she never intended to have.

Through each character, the realities of war are placed before the reader with the question changing from: why are we still fighting, to: is it really worth it? The dessimation of families, decline of business and prosperity, moral decay and the inner searching for meaning all hit home through the daily dealings of these two and their hope for a better world...if they can only be together. A treasure to read for its perfectly detailed settings and landscapes, and for the understated emotion that plods along like a familiar path, leading where you want to go.

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