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Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
    #976780 - 10/20/02 12:38 PM (18 years, 9 months ago)

Anyone read it? I've just finished it and it's probably the best "new" novel that I've ever read. It's set in the Amercian Civil War. His style of writing is unique: poetic, descriptive, lush... he's incredibly talented. It's his first novel as well. The characters, major and minor, are so... full of character(..!), and yet also so real and believable... I'm rambling idiotically but you know what I mean. Sadly it's being made into a film, which will suck majorly. I'd be interested to hear what anyone else thought about it.

Blurb from publishers website:
Sorely wounded and fatally disillusioned in the fighting at Petersburg, Inman, a Confederate soldier, decides to walk back to his home in the Blue Ridge Mountains and to Ada, the woman he loved there years before. His trek across the disintegrating South brings him into 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 father's derelict farm and learn to survive in a world where the old 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.

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Re: Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier [Re: mr_kite]
    #977603 - 10/20/02 07:38 PM (18 years, 9 months ago)

Own it, never read it yet.

Was recomended by a former english teacher.  He agreed with your opinion. " One of the best novels written in the last 30 years."  I just have to start it  :smile: 

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Re: Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier [Re: mr_kite]
    #979644 - 10/21/02 12:58 PM (18 years, 9 months ago)

I listened to the some of the audio book in the car about a year ago. I'd like to get the book, because I enjoy reading more than listening. I agree that it is masterfully told.

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