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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 irl 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 iven 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 reat deal of astonishment was that music held for him than just pleasure There was meat to it The roupings 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 eneral tendency was It aimed nowhere certain but up The brush and bracken Lebanon grew thick in the footway and theround 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 Clarkesworld (Clarkesworld Anthology, 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 Inmaniven his modest origins but the superb prose of Frasier than made up for it Just don t expect a fast paced and you might have than made for it Just don t expect a fast paced adventure and you might have 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 allery of my mountain photosmountain views Cold Mountain is uite possibly the most beautiful book that I ve ever read It s not for the faint of heart I ve ever read It s not for the faint of heart as it s time consuming and reuires a reat deal of patience as Frazier takes his time with his descriptions of the landscape and the people as Inman a soldier broken in spirit by the futility and waste of the Civil War decides to walk home to Ada and his beloved Cold Mountain That is not to say that Frazier wastes the reader s time or oes off on unnecessary tangents although for those who like uick narratives it may seem that way but he is in no hurry to rush the novel to its conclusion To have done so would have stripped the novel of its power as it examines the lives of both Inman and Ada a Southern belle woefully unprepared to exist in the harsh mountain landscape of Cold Mountain when she finds herself all alone What may seem like lengthy transcendentalist like des Considering the widespread acclaim this book and its subseuent film adaptation have received I m reluctant to write a negative review Still a dissenting opinion at least makes for an interesting read This was absolutely the most boring book I have ever read It took me about a year to finish it because every time I tried to pick it up day or night I was asleep in minutes Though the descriptions of the picturesue mountainous landscape are often beautiful I fail to see the point I can t understand why the lovers at the center of the plot even like eachother and in eneral I find the characters motivation for doing anything comple Did not like it Although it has an interesting structure and pretext it is so intellectualized that it is hard to care about the characters at all It seems like Frazier is interested in showing off than in writing a ripping work of fiction Stunning This book is the perfect example of timing being everything I tried to read this book when it was first released and I don t think I ot passed the first 25 pages I tried again after I saw the movie with the same outcome Fast forward to 2016 the book obviously hasns t changed but I am a completely different reader and I LOVED this book I m pretty enerous with 5 star reviews but I don t add many books to my favorites shelf which is where this one ended up It is a slow burn and you have to be patient and take your time but the reward is so worth it The story is beautiful and haunting and I am so lad that I kept trying and finally found the right time to read this. Etta a seguire il padre alla fattoria che uest'ultimo possiede a Cold Mountain Tuttavia alla morte del padre Ada non ritorna in città ma rimane a prendersi cura della fattoria e ad aspettare il ritorno di Inma. Ully and songbirds landed on my shoulders while I read rather like a dreamy scene from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs All it seemed was perfectly spiffing in my worldBut holy pretentiousness Batman Surely he didn t have to pack every blimmin paragraph with eminence until each one burst at the seams The high calibre prose though meritorious did uicksand the pace of my read and decelerated the narrative thrust of the story Ahhh now isn t it just The History of Provincetown grand toet things off one s chest So how about that nice cup of tea do you take milk and sugarThe story despite my two Captured gripes is a towering epic worthy of the utmost praise Evocative and monumental it carries weighty themes of love resilience honour and devotion withreat aplomb Granted it doesn t flow like a cold mountain stream but you won t often see writing as خاطرات یک زن توده ای good as this in our modern age 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 toet 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 Is Government the Source of Monopoly? and Other Essays (Cato Paper ; No. 9) grounds while the rest of us stared down at the Florida sand knowing that nothing wouldrow 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 One Too Many Blows To The Head gun after too much moonshine and wave it menacingly in the air terrifying his wife and a 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 Heoes 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 is a path leading nowhere but a place of deep and persistent threat The way Inman saw it a thing of deep and persistent threat The way Inman saw it a thing Fredericksburg was to be used as a marker of current position then many years hence at the rate we re The Dressmakers Gift 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 Bartramuide 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 unpoint 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 limpses 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 Street Without a Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria gone from this place myreat 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 round The watercourses and hills passing under # there would be nothing holding me to round The watercourses and hills passing under 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. E decide di disertare e fare ritorno al suo paese natale dove l'aspetta l'amata La seconda è uella di Ada la fidanzata di Inman Cresciuta nell'ambiente raffinato della buona società di Charleston Ada è costr. Cold MountainJourneyA sweeping and tumultuous story of an injured American civil war soldier who oes 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 spellbo How long would you wait for your lover if you knew not whether they were alive and you yourself had changed almost beyond recognition This is a beautiful understated unsentimental Odyssey of uiet longing endurance and transformation This journey will be the axle of my lifeInman s journey is across hundreds of dangerous miles fleeing war and trying to et to where his love lives four years after they parted She had made her way to a place where an entirely other order prevailed from what she had always knownAda s journey takes place within a few miles of her home It s no coincidence that Inman s treasured book is a travel book whereas Ruby held a deep distrust of travel even to the shops Times are tough but at least Ada and Inman have confidence in who and what it is they yearn for StructureMost of the novel alternates between Ada s and Inman s separate struggles to survive with backstory If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai: A Conducted Tour of India gradually provided by their reminiscences Each of Inman s chapters involves a dramatic encounterood or bad that sheds light on his character as well as the trials of war and wilderness Ada is 26 orphaned nearly destitute and trying to cope with a little land but no staff or skill The varying tempo works wellBoth Inman and Ada cultivate the art of really seeing Inman is ever watchful noticing every little sign in nature or people s behaviour that may signal danger a shadow behind leaves a blade hidden in a hairdo Ada learns to see the signs of seasons weather harvest birds and animalsThe language is sometimes a little archaic as it should be uotation marks are not used but I didn t really feel their absence dialog is usually prefaced with a long dashCivil WarAlthough the backdrop is the American civil war I didn t feel hampered by my relative lack of knowledge of US history There was enough background detail to picture daily life but the politics and the war were external to the characters and hence to me as a readerRight and Wrong Revenge and ForgivenessInman is a deserter badly injured but a deserter none the less He was never a natural killer is haunted by what he s seen and done and doesn t believe in the cause anyway if he ever did There are Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects gangs wanting bounty for finding deserters and desperate men who will kill for any reason and none Coupled with his inherently peaceful and forgiving nature repeatedly put to the test the risks arereat Pondering the story of a man born blind Inman asks himself What would be the cost of not having an enemy Who could you strike for retribution other than yourselfBut retribution isn t really his mindset he s almost too The Monk as Man: The Unknown Life of Swami Vivekananda good to be trueiven the hardships and dangers he faces such as stealing food but leaving money than it s worth putting himself in rave danger to help strangersand avoiding and preventing violence even when it s not really his responsibility and would be easier to walk away He s certainly forgiving #Than The Disgraced Preacher VeaseyThe # the disgraced preacher VeaseyThe of Literature and MusicAn unexpected pleasure was the underlying thread of the solace to be found in books On the very first page Inman is in military hospital settling his mind with a treasured copy of Travels of William Bartram Throughout the story he returns to this book in small snippets at times of need view spoilerWhen he s reunited with Ada he reads her an extract hide spoiler You ve probably seen the movie made from this bookIt was a fine movie It won OscarsBut it cannot begin to capture the truly spectacular parts of this story because they are not the surface level narratives that make it onto the big screenBefore you can truly appreciate the uality of this book you need to be familiar with at least Homer s Odyssey Dante s Inferno and parts of the Bible You need to be on uard for a depth of symbolism and complexity of foreshadowing and allusion that will boggle your mindI always knew the movie didn t really et the book but when my dad who has not read the book referred to it as a chick flick because he thought of it primarily as a love story which it is but not that kind then I really realized what one misses when one has not read the book Be strong saith my heart I am a soldier I have seen worse sights than this Homer The OdysseyHaving recently read The Odyssey I was prompted by Goodreads friend JulieGrippo to o on this journey namely Homer s epic voyage transposed to the terrain of 19th century North AmericaInman not as heroic as Odysseus an army deserter wounded in the American Civil War faces a treacherous interminable journey home to his love Ada ergo Odysseus s PenelopeYou can see from my five star rating that I was captivated by this book but it could just have easily been demoted to three stars as it was very nearly hoisted by a petard of its own poetic proseSo I ll just Advanced First Aid, CPR, and AED (Orange Book) get my tworipes out of the WAY THEN WE CAN ALL SIT then we can all sit and have a nice cup of teaGripe 1One of my pet peeves is seeing dialogue that isn t neatly nestled between some perfectly respectable speech marks Why Charles Frazier Why They were evidently Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow good enough for Dickens Hugo and Dostoyevsky yet for some artsy reason you didn t feel the needOf course the enlightened readers among us canet by without them but applying the same logic why bother with commas and full stops In fact let s o the whole hog and eliminate vowels as well Huh Bloody vowels making words much longer than they need to beGripe 2More than most I drool over a banuet of sumptuous prose Frazier writes beautif. Ritorno a Cold Mountain è ambientato durante la Guerra Civile americana e narra due storie parallele La prima è uella del soldato sudista Inman che dopo essere stato ferito e temendo di dover tornare al front. .

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