Review: Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

We find ourselves immersed in American history in Charles Frazier’s epic novel, Cold Mountain, where North and South face each other in a Civil War between their own countrymen. Three years after the outbreak of war, the characters are presented as disillusioned and in some way damaged emotionally, spiritually and in most cases, physically as well. Neither side is favoured since both are considered self-serving and perhaps dishonest in their motives. Although slavery is a main focus of the war, the story plot itself seems to zero in on the white’s man disregard of human dignity. Crime and cruelty, however, abound on both sides of the fence and neither southerner nor northerner captures all the blame.This is also, maybe more so, a story about two young lovers and their quest towards self-fulfillment through loneliness and isolation. The ending was quick and unexpected and left me wondering how else to close this spiritual journey of love and self-discovery. A great read with abundant descriptions of America’s mountain country.

 

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About Murielle Cyr

Writer, organic gardener, soapmaker, listener.
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2 Responses to Review: Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

  1. milliethom says:

    I haven’t yet got around to reading this book, undoubtedly because I made the mistake of watching the film first. Not a good idea for me. I loved the storyline and your review has convinced me I’d enjoy the book. So I’ve put it on my reading list! Thank you for reminding me of this one, Murielle.

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