[E–Libro] Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain is uite possibly the most beautiful book that I ve ever read It s not for the faint of heart however 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 descriptions of nature actually serve to reveal the inner life of each character and enrich the narrativeOf the two alternating narratives I found Inman s the most compelling His is a Dante like journey through the Inferno of the American South comparisons could also be made to Homer s The Odyssey While he time and again encounters people wallowing in depravity and sin in a seemingly lawless world he also encounters along this hellish journey acts of selflessness and kindness that serve as balm to his soul when he s on the cusp of losing all hope Ironically those offering the reatest kindnesses are those who are the most excluded from society slaves and women Inman is a man who is capable of violence but only when necessary After killing indiscriminately in war he s determined to do no harm unless it s absolutely unavoidable It may be because of the violence that is still latent within him that Inman struggles so with the world and his place in it Of the reviews I ve read most readers disliked the novel s ending Without Who on God's Earth do you 'think' you are?: A true story about TRANSCENDING the ILLUSION of SEPARATION giving away any spoilers I ll only state that I thought the ending was the only possible one offered in a world consumed by warCross posted at This Insignificant Cinder JourneyA sweeping and tumultuous story of an injured American civil war soldier whooes 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 eual 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 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 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 surface level narratives that make it onto 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 Get The Book But When My Dad Who really Mesagerul get the book but when my dad who 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 too 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 Judy Blume: Fearless Storyteller for Teens get my tworipes out of the way then we can all sit down 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 ood enough for Dickens Hugo and Dostoyevsky yet for some artsy reason you didn t feel the needOf course the enlightened readers among us can et 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 beautifully and songbirds landed on to beGripe 2More than most I drool over a banuet of sumptuous prose Frazier writes beautifully and songbirds landed on 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 rand to et things off one s chest So. 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. Peak in this scarcely populated corner of North Carolina He oes 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 How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle: The Complete Seminar 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 More scary stories for sleep-overs 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 takesYetlimpses 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 one from this place my reat 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 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 to fend for herself Monroe tried to keep her a child and with litle resistance from her he had largely 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 #useless hothouse flowers Some readers might find her part 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 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 thi. 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.