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Read Cold Mountain ePub Ô Paperback ↠ Cold Mountain is a novel about a soldier’s perilous journey back to his beloved near the Civil War's end At once a love story a harrowing account of one man’s long walk home Cold Mountain introduces a new talent in American literatureBased on local history family stories passed down by Frazier’s greCold Mountain is a novel about a soldier’s perilous journey back to his beloved near the Civil War's end At once a love story a harrowing account of one man’s long walk home Cold Mountain introduces a new talent in American literatureBased on local history family stories passed down by Frazier’s great great grandfather Cold Mountain is the tale JourneyA sweeping and tumultuous story of an injured American civil war soldier who goes AWOL and makes a relentless and dangerous journey back home to Cold Mountain and to the woman he intends spending the rest of his life with As poetic as Homer’s Odyssey Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain is an outstanding literary masterpiece He tells the story of Inman and Ada their past people they meet on their travels the challenges they face and the dreams they hold dear A physical journey home and a journey of personal development eually captivating eually precarious and eually drawing the story to a climactic ending With a magician’s hand Frazier keeps us spellbound with the central story while conjuring wisps of literary tales from Greek Roman and English literature and weaving them into the narrative with the effortless hand of an illusionist Frazier is never obvious with the content of his story even though Odysseus’ journey back from the Trojan War to his wife Penelope in Ithaca reverberates throughout this novel This is not about a modern retelling of the Odyssey but rather enticing us to explore how the ancient folklore has been reshaped to provide a uniue clever and agonising alternative Within the narrative we catch faded echoes of exotic characters such as Witches Sirens Cyclopes Persephone Calypso Cerberus Narcissus but their behaviour may or may not follow an expected path but it will always be imaginatively realisedInman battles elements of nature as he travels through the winter – cold wet hungry and at times disorientated He is an honest man and often reflects “ the wrong a man does flies back at him” As a soldier he has seen horrors and been part of those horrors but he approaches every situation with a positive intent that fairness will be done Sometimes kindness is repaid and sometimes it is manipulated against him Regardless Inman must face all his trials as he descends through the levels of hell – who knows maybe there are nine of them and Dante makes an appearance as well?Ada is joined by Ruby as she now tries to make her farm operational following the death of her father A lady of leisure Ada must now face a harsh reality and journey through the challenges of hard work growing crops raising livestock fixing fences and trading for goods Ruby is accomplished at this type of work and bluntly forces Ada to play her part in this endeavour Ada now goes to bed tired and physically exhausted and her outward appearance changes to sun drenched skin rough skinned hands and practical work clothesFrazier places nature as a constant reference point and uses it with distinguished ardour Elements of birds and trees add deeper appreciation of the signs nature is constantly presenting to us Nature with its mythical connections gives Frazier another wand to magically enthral usThis was a first buddy read with Julie and it was a joy to take our time and discuss the links and decipher the meaning of various scenes I am full of admiration for Charles Frazier after devouring his epic piece of work and I would highly recommend reading the book Another addition to my Top 10 books of all time

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Of a wounded Confederate soldier Inman who walks away from the ravages of the war back home to his prewar sweetheart Ada His odyssey thru 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 Reading Road Trip 2020Current location North Carolina he held to the idea of another world a better place and he figured he might as well consider Cold Mountain to be the location of it as anywhereLike Inman I have been trying to get to Cold Mountain for years now My original inspiration came from a family of beloved Tar Heel next door neighbors who introduced me to sweet tea red velvet cake and unhurried speech They made homemade ice cream in the summers while standing on the patio in bare feet and they produced vegetables from soil the color of coffee grounds while the rest of us stared down at the Florida sand knowing that nothing would grow thereThe Tar Heel husband of this family would alternately love on his wife in a demonstrative way I had never witnessed before then occasionally produce a gun after too much moonshine and wave it menacingly in the air terrifying his wife and all three daughters Somehow order would always be restored the next day I have always known that these were my peopleI have flirted with a move to North Carolina at several different junctures of my adult life but the closest I have come to making that move is now Now or accurately this summer And now well you know The damned pandemic The thing that is upsetting the natural course of our daily lives our dreams our plans our euilibrium too But though it is true that every age considers the world to be in a precarious state at the very edge of dark we are being threatened with something that so many others who have walked before us have faced pandemics wars depressions recessions tyrannical leaders natural disastersSo my plans are on hold Like Inman's Like Ada's Like Ruby's Like Stobrod's But we keep on planning and we keep on dreaming even if we do look up as Inman does and think sometimes God if I could sprout wings and fly I would be gone from this place my great wings bearing me up and out long feathers hissing in the windOne foot after the other foot after the other foot after the other footIt hurts So much of it hurts and you'd be hard pressed to say which hurts the physical or emotional pain but pain goes eventually and when it's gone there's no lasting memory Not the worst of it anyway It fades Our minds aren't made to hold on to the particulars of pain the way we do blissAnd so we continue walking because like Inman most of us can see that there is little usefulness in speculating much on what a day will bringWe walk and we rejoice that we are readers and we know that a book may provide a holiness of such richness that one might dip into it at random and read only one sentence and yet be sure of finding instruction and delightAnd it is good so very good to be reminded of how much others have suffered here and how much solace holy words wherever we find them may provide us and how often we can delight in natural beauty And it is so good so very good to have reminders to look around us at what is precious to us and conjure the poetry of our lives the words of spells and incantations to ward off the things one fears mostFor just as Odysseus was pushed by a great gale as soon as he was within sight of home so will you be pushed away from goals and dreams and loved ones For just as Inman is captured and tied and dragged back over all the terrain he has already traveled so will you be waylaid and rerouted and brokenBut you've got to keep on walking straight as the crow flies regardless of what happens to you on your journey You've got to keep crawling toward your Cold Mountain keep it always in front of you

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Cold MountainConverge at the close of the war Inman Ada confront the vastly transformed world they’ve been deliveredFrazier reveals insight into human relations with the land the dangers of solitude He also shares with the great 19th century novelists a keen observation of a society undergoing change Cold Mountain recreates a world gone by that speaks to our tim The best way I could find to describe the book is the American Civil War version of the Odyssey with Inman as the wandering hero trying to find his way back home to the North Carolina Appallachians and Ada as his Penelope tending the home fires This is an oversimplification but the epic scope is there the perilous journey the oddball characters met on the road the mystical elements of prophecy cursed fate faithful love Additional major themes tackled are the brutality and senselessness of war women emancipation Native American Cherokee Trail of Tears music as soul healer and the majesty of nature he had seen the metal face of the age and had been so stunned by it that when he thought into the future all he could vision was a world from which everything he counted important had been banished or had willingly fled Inman is a young man born and raised in the high country at the foot of Cold Mountain the highest peak in this scarcely populated corner of North Carolina He goes to war not out of any patriotic fervor or deep seated political convictions but in search of adventure and excitement The four years in the trenches cure him of any romantic feelings about organized killing leaving him sorely wounded and spiritually crushed Anyone could be oracle for the random ways things fall against each other It was simple enough to tell fortunes if a man dedicated himself to the idea that the future will inevitably be worse than the past and that time is a path leading nowhere but a place of deep and persistent threat The way Inman saw it if a thing like Fredericksburg was to be used as a marker of current position then many years hence at the rate we're going we'll be eating one another raw His one comfort in the long bed ridden hospital weeks is a travel book describing the mountains back home a Bartram guide that will accompany him on all his travels once he decides to turn his back on the war and walk back home As a deserter he is forced to hide during the day and walk only by night stealing what scarce food he could find Local militias are combing the territory looking for his ilk and than once Inman is forced to fight his way free The destruction of his character is visible most of all in the way he is still living in a world where the options are kill or be killed always ready to solve his problems at gunpoint Inman is no angel of peace making his separate peace and searching for redemption He is still very much a professional killer a desperado who will let nothing stand in his way a PTSD victim that belongs in a hospital rather than roaming free You will be living fitfully Your soul will fade to blue the color of despair Your spirit will wane and dwindle away never to reappear Your path lies toward the Nightland This is your path There is no other is the refrain of a Cherokee curse that marks every step Inman takesYet glimpses of his former character resurface in the way he takes the part of the less fortunate than himself usually women in distress like Sara a teenage war widow with a small child and a pig There was nothing about her story remarkable other than that it was her life As he leaves the lower lands and comes closer to the high hills Inman's struggles become desperate due to lack of food and exhaustion yet his spirit becomes free of his flesh and soars God if I could sprout wings and fly I would be gone from this place my great wings bearing me up and out long feathers hissing in the wind The world would unfurl below me like a bright picture on a scroll of paper and there would be nothing holding me to ground The watercourses and hills passing under me effortless and simple And me just rising and rising till I was but a dark speck on the clear sky Gone on elsewhere To live among the tree limbs and cliff rocks Elements of humanity might come now and again like emissaries to draw me back to the society of people Unsuccesful every time Fly off to some high ridge and perch observing the bright light of common day Inman chapters in the book alternate with the story of Ada Monroe Ada is a preacher's daughter from Charleston who moved to the mountains hoping her father's illness tuberculosis? wil improve When he dies she is left alone on the farm they bought utterly helpless to fend for herself Monroe tried to keep her a child and with litle resistance from her he had largely succeeded She is a poster child of the Victorian morals and fetish for women as delicate and useless hothouse flowers Some readers might find her part of the novel boring but for me it was as compelling as the journey of Inman Ada too is enchanted by the beauty of the mountains and is interested in all the forms of life around her initially in an aestethic way through watercolours and journal entries later through the healthy sweat of her labours and the satisfaction of doing things with your own hand Ada is helped along by Ruby a local girl who learned very early to fend for herself when she was abandoned by her drunken father Stobrod Not even Ada's farm is safe from the ravages of war Refugees from places sacked by the Northern Army pass through local militias make their own law burning and pillaging The most reprehensible thing in the whole book is this description of the total war concept where you set out to destroy non military targets in order to demoralize your adversary Unfortunately the tactichas become the norm in modern times where nothing is considered civilian anyA third storyline is introduced later in the novel but it was one of my favorites given my own passion for blues music Initially Ruby's father Stobrod is presented as a lowlife rascal but years away in the war have changed him in unexpected ways His salvation comes through music One thing he discovered with a great deal of astonishment was that music held for him than just pleasure There was meat to it The groupings of sounds their forms in the air as they rang out and faded said something comforting to him about the rule of creation What the music said was that there is a right way for things to be ordered so that life might not always be just tangle and drift but have a shape an aim It was a powerful argument against the notion that things just happenI will stop here in order to not spoil the ending of the novel as the paths of Inman and Ada converge although many are probably familiar with it from the movie version I liked the book better especially as I thought the movie insisted too much on Ada and Ruby and not enough on Inman and his troubles on the road Yet it was a faithful adaptation and over it was filmed around my usual mountain weekend haunts in the Southern Carpathians arc a lovely country rugged in places rolling hills over the next horizon huge forests and welcoming locals The descriptions of the Appalachians felt than usually familiar and appealing The track was ill used so coiled and knotted he could not say what its general tendency was It aimed nowhere certain but up The brush and bracken grew thick in the footway and the ground seemed to be healing over so that in some near future the way would not even remain as scar For several miles it mostly wound its way through a forest of immense hemlocks and the fog lay among them so thick that heir green boughs were hidden Only the black trunks were visible rising into the low sky like old menhirs stood up by a forgotten race to memorialize the darker events of their history I did have some minor issues with the book mostly about the slow pacing and the surprising literacy of Inman given his modest origins but the superb prose of Frasier than made up for it Just don't expect a fast paced adventure and you might have a very rewarding read on your hands Highly recommended for lovers of Nature and introspective historical fiction I'll end with a Wordsworth uote Ada uses in the book to describe the mountains Earth has not anything to show fair Dull would be the soul who could pass by a sight so touching in its majesty link to a gallery of my mountain photosmountain views