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Cold mountain
1997
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Awards
1997 - National Book Award for Fiction winner
1997 - National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction nominee
1998 - American Booksellers Book of the Year (ABBY) Award winner
1998 - Reference and User Service Association (RUSA) Notable Book--Fiction
Characters
Inman (Male), Soldier, Confederate, Deserter, Wounded
Ada (Female), Farm owner, Educated, Genteel
Genre
Historical
Southern fiction
Love story
Cinematization
Fiction
Topics
U.S. Civil War
Homefront during war
War-torn lovers
Journeys
Deserters
Women in war
Hardship
Setting
Blue Ridge Mountains - South (U.S.)
North Carolina - South (U.S.)
Time Period
-- 19th century
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  Library Journal Review

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.

  Publishers Weekly Review

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
Summary
Cold Mountain is an extraordinary novel 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 introduces a stunning new talent in American literature.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.
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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