[Epub] Cold Mountain By Charles Frazier – Tkcleaningservices.co.uk

Cold Mountain Considering the widespread acclaim this book and its subsequent 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 picturesque mountainous landscape are often beautiful, I fail to see the point I can Considering the widespread acclaim this book and its subsequent 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 picturesque 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 i 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 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 naturehe 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 o Be strong, saith my heart I am a soldier I have seen worse sights than thisHomer, The OdysseyHaving recently read The Odyssey, I was prompted by Goodreads friend, JulieGrippo, to go on this journey namely, Homer s epic voyage transposed to the terrain of 19th century North America.Inman not as heroic as Odysseus , an army deserter wounded in the American Civil War, faces a treacherous, interminable journey home to his love, Ada i.e Odysseus Penelope.You can see from my five starBe strong, saith my heart I am a soldier I have seen worse sights than thisHomer, The OdysseyHaving recently read The Odyssey, I was prompted by Goodreads friend, JulieGrippo, to go on this journey namely, Homer s epic voyage transposed to the terrain of 19th century North America.Inman not as heroic as Odysseus , an army deserter wounded in the American Civil War, faces a treacherous, interminable journey home to his love, Ada i.e Odysseus Penelope.You 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 prose.So I ll jus 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 isinterested in showing off than in writing a gripping work of fiction. You ve probably seen the movie made from this book.It was a fine movie It won Oscars.But 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 screen.Before you can truly appreciate the quality 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 guard for a depth of symbolism and complexity of foreshadowing and allusion that will You ve probably seen the movie made from this book.It was a fine movie It won Oscars.But 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 screen.Before you can truly appreciate the quality 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 guard for a depth of symbolism and complexity of foreshadowing and allusion i nearly plucked my own eyes from my skull in frustration.the dullity was like another character in the story, grimly tugging at my sleeve to expound at length on the state of his bunion, and what it meant in relation to the larger struggle of hum 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 quiet longing, endurance, and transformation This journey will be the axle of my life Inman s journey is across hundreds of dangerous miles, fleeing war and trying to get to where his love lives, four years after they parted She had made her way to a place where an entirely other order prevailed fro How long would you wait for your lover, if you knew not whether they were alive, and you yourself had changed almost beyon 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 got 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 generous 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 yo 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 got 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 generous with 5 star reviews but I don t add many books to my Cold Mountain Is A Novel About A Soldier S Perilous Journey Back To His Beloved Near The Civil War S End At Once A Love Story A Harrowing Account Of One Man S Long Walk Home, Cold Mountain Introduces A New Talent In American Literature.Based On Local History Family Stories Passed Down By Frazier S Great Great Grandfather, Cold Mountain Is The Tale Of A Wounded Confederate Soldier, Inman, Who Walks Away From The Ravages Of The War Back Home To His Prewar Sweetheart, Ada His Odyssey Thru The Devastated Landscape Of The Soon To Be Defeated South Interweaves With Ada S Struggle To Revive Her Father S Farm, With The Help Of An Intrepid Young Drifter Named Ruby As Their Long Separated Lives Begin To Converge At The Close Of The War, Inman Ada Confront The Vastly Transformed World They Ve Been Delivered.Frazier Reveals Insight Into Human Relations With The Land The Dangers Of Solitude He Also Shares With The Great 19th Century Novelists A Keen Observation Of A Society Undergoing Change Cold Mountain Recreates A World Gone By That Speaks To Our Time. Is it long Yes Does it sometimes take entire paragraphs or chapters to describe the scope of the landscape Yes Is it entirely worth it Yes This book is best described as an epicfor those that felt it was too long or boring, have you ever read The Odyssey The comparison is made for a reason This is not a book you take to the beach and read on vacationthis is a book you pick up on a rainy day when you call in sick in the middle of the week This is a book that becomes like a return t Is it long Yes Does it sometimes take entire paragraphs or chapters to describe the scope of the landscape Yes Is it entirely worth it Yes This book is best described as an epicfor those that felt it was too long or boring, have you ever read The Odyssey The comparison is made for a reason This is not a book you take to the beach and read on vacationthis is a book you pick up on a rainy day when you call in sick in the middle of the week This is a book that becomes like a return to an old friend when you reaquaint yourself with it This is a book that took me close to a year to read as well, because I chose to walk away from it for a month s

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