Title: Cold Mountain
Author: Charles Frazier
Summary: Sorely wounded and fatally disillusioned in the fighting at Petersburg, Inman, a Confederate soldier, decides to walk back to his him in the Blue Ridge Mountains and to Ada, the woman he loved three years before. His trek across the disintegrating South brings him into the intimate and sometimes lethal converse with slaves and marauders, bounty hunters and witches, both helpful and malign. At the same time, Ada is trying to revive her fathers derelict farm and learn to survive in a world where the cold certainties have been swept away, As it interweaves their stories, Cold Mountain asserts itself as an authentic American Odyssey - hugely powerful, majestically lovely, and keenly moving.
My Rating: 8/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: Another fantastic novel by the author, I did like Thirteen Moons better, but this had the same beautiful writing style, I'd even say it was lyrical, wonderful descriptions o the scenery and nature - you could almost feel the crisp mountain air, this book shouldn't disappoint.
The book is slow moving, which I both enjoyed and didn't at the same time - it was heavy on developing the characters, as the reader follows them on a journey of finding each other, and themselves during the era of the Civil War. I enjoyed watching Ada grow, and Inman struggle for survive as he walked through the wilderness to find his lover, but I found that parts of his story did drag a bit, and would have liked the pace to picked up a little more than it did. I enjoyed his story, but at times it was too slow moving - even for a heavy character development based book. The only other issue of the book, is the amount of minor characters and how they are all connected, there were a few times, I was a little confused on who was who, and how they fit in with the other characters and story as a whole.
The book also shows the other side of the civil war, instead of showing the battles, it shows how those left behind carried on with life, with what little provisions they had, and in a sense struggled for survival. Soldiers are seen throughout the book, as they hunt for deserters and the "enemy", but they are more in the background, and don't overpower the important side of the story, which is self-discovery during a time affected by war.
By far my favourite part of the book is the writing, Charles Frazer is a brilliant writer, trapping you into his books with his style of writing. His descriptiveness, really takes there reader to the same place the characters are, was very impressed. I've read two books by the author, and both times I was amazed by his writing - well worth reading.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, it's a very enjoyable book, well written, the descriptions alone make it worth reading. Also, it's a good choice for readers who enjoy character development heavy books, rather than plot driven.
What to read next: Thirteen Moons
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