Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

1997 National Book Award

Set during the Civil War, Cold Mountain tells the story of Inman, Ada and Ruby. Inman is a soldier. After being severly wounded in battle, he practically has to heal himself. No one thinks he'll live so they din't waste their time on him. While at the hospital, he decides he's had enough and packs up and walks home. Meanwhile Ada has lost her father and is trying to live on the farm, but she has no clue about how to survive on her own. She's been raised and educated to be a city lady and cannot fend for herself. So along comes Ruby, a backwoods girl whose father left her to raise herself mostly.

The book tells the story of the journeys the three make, either physically or emotional. It's a calm, slow story about people and survival.


Kristy said...

I really loved this book and the movie too.

Petunia said...

I thought the movie was obnoxious and gratuitous but I did like the story so I bought the book to see if it was better. Then I was too afraid to read it in case it was too much the same. Glad to here it is calm. Now I can read it without worry.

Kimmie said...

I saw the movie but didn't pay enough attention (or just wasn't interested at the time) but after reading the book I think I'll give it another shot.